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Average U.S. CO2 abatement costs clarify best options

  • Many options exist to reduce CO2 emissions, each with different costs as of 2016
  • Improving fuel economy of conventional vehicles is the lowest cost option
  • Switching to natural gas (vs. coal) in power generation also offers low-cost results
  • Solar energy is about double the cost of wind for curbing emissions (vs. coal) in U.S.
  • Electric cars are a high-cost option, upward of $700/tonne of CO2 abated