The health care-associated savings -- mostly from things like avoided hospital visits and reduced spending on pollution-related illnesses -- from cap-and-trade, for instance, were more than 10 times the cost it took to implement the policy.
The White House's report looks at climate change policy as a form of insurance -- that is, a form of self-protection against various forms of risk. As the costs increase, the report found costs would increase 40 percent for every decade of delay on climate policies.
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