Global Warming Legislation Could Stimulate U.S. Economy


By Pete Altman

I've blogged before about
the dog and pony shows that some groups have been involved in to
forecast economic disaster in the event Congress passes climate
legislation. One study used to prop this point of view up was
commissioned by the American Council for Capital Formation and the
National Association of Manufacturers, and has been featured
prominently by the US Chamber of Commerce in a number of climate and energy forums around the U.S.

More recently, one of the authors of this study acknowledged that even their numbers show the US GDP would double if we passed a climate bill, hardly the economic doom?usually forecast by detractors.

Now we have even more information on what their modeling shows. The
Political Economy Research Institutes (PERI) just analyzed the results
of the ACCF/NAM study and pulled out the kinds of information that the
sponsors chose to leave buried. They have posted a set of state-specific fact sheets?that dig into the numbers underlying the ACCF/NAM model?and show quite healthy economic growth a climate bill.

PERI draws out of the ACCF/NAM numbers the increases in state GDPs, personal income?and?several other economic indicators. ?

For instance, according to the PERI review, the ACCF/NAM figures
project that by 2030, under the 'worst-case' scenario?with a climate
bill, ?

Indiana GDP would grow by 68% and personal income by 57%;

Ohio GDP would grow by 59% and personal income by 58%;

Tennessee GDP would grow by 78% and personal income by 49%;

and so on. Click here to see the fact sheets for about 30 states.

Now, this is not to say that PERI considers the ACCF/NAM model a
reliable forecast of what would happen under cap and trade. In fact,
their technical appendix,
which explains just how?PERI did this exercise, also reveals the
many?tricks used in the?ACCF/NAM modeling to bias their results to show
as negative an economic picture as possible.

But what is so interesting about what PERI has done is that even
looking through the prism of the ACCF/NAM worst-case scenario, the
economy will fare just fine.

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