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Trail et al. 2015

Trail, M.A., A.P. Tsimpidi, P. Liu, K. Tsigaridis, Y. Hu, J.R. Rudokas, P.J. Miller, A. Nenes, and A.G. Russell, 2015: Impacts of potential CO2-reduction policies on air quality in the United States. Environ. Sci. Technol., 49, no. 8, 5133-5141, doi:10.1021/acs.est.5b00473.

Impacts of emissions changes from four potential U.S. CO2 emission reduction policies on 2050 air quality are analyzed using the community multi-scale air quality model (CMAQ). Future meteorology was downscaled from the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) ModelE General Circulation Model (GCM) to the regional scale using the Weather Research Forecasting (WRF) model. We use emissions growth factors from the EPAUS9r MARKAL model to project emissions inventories for two climate tax scenarios, a combined transportation and energy scenario, a biomass energy scenario, and a reference case. Implementation of a relatively aggressive carbon tax leads to improved PM2.5 air quality compared to the reference case as incentives increase for facilities to install flue-gas desulfurization (FGD) and carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technologies. However, less capital is available to install NOX reduction technologies, resulting in an O3 increase. A policy aimed at reducing CO2 from the transportation sector and electricity production sectors leads to reduced emissions of mobile source NOX, thus reducing O3. Over most of the U.S., this scenario leads to reduced PM2.5 concentrations. However, increased primary PM2.5 emissions associated with fuel switching in the residential and industrial sectors leads to increased organic matter (OM) and PM2.5 in some cities.

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  author={Trail, M. A. and Tsimpidi, A. P. and Liu, P. and Tsigaridis, K. and Hu, Y. and Rudokas, J. R. and Miller, P. J. and Nenes, A. and Russell, A. G.},
  title={Impacts of potential CO2-reduction policies on air quality in the United States},
  journal={Environ. Sci. Technol.},

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RIS Citation

ID  - tr03200x
AU  - Trail, M. A.
AU  - Tsimpidi, A. P.
AU  - Liu, P.
AU  - Tsigaridis, K.
AU  - Hu, Y.
AU  - Rudokas, J. R.
AU  - Miller, P. J.
AU  - Nenes, A.
AU  - Russell, A. G.
PY  - 2015
TI  - Impacts of potential CO2-reduction policies on air quality in the United States
JA  - Environ. Sci. Technol.
VL  - 49
IS  - 8
SP  - 5133
EP  - 5141
DO  - 10.1021/acs.est.5b00473
ER  -

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