Massachusetts carbon fee would save $2.9 billion in health costs over two decades, study finds

By June 28, 2017Local News, Research

Posted on April 27, 2017 at 7:00 AM

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A state carbon fee aimed at decreasing pollution would save $2.9 billion in health benefits and 340 lives between now and 2040, according to a new Harvard University study commissioned by environmental groups.

“It’s a report showing that instituting a carbon fee in Massachusetts can have substantial benefits to public health through improving air quality,” said Jonathan Buonocore, a professor at the Harvard School of Public Health and the study’s lead author.

The study is based on the projected decrease in air pollution generated by a carbon fee. Other policies that decrease greenhouse gas emissions and pollution could have similar health benefits. The amount of health benefits depends on how much fossil fuel use is reduced, the type of fuel and the location of the reduction.

 

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