article: Fossil Fuels Hidden Cost Is in Billions, Study Says
- Thanks to Paul Scott for pointing out this article in his excellent
Anyway, here is the article.
>Fossil Fuels Hidden Cost Is in Billions, Study Says[...]
>By MATTHEW L. WALD Published: October 19, 2009
>WASHINGTON Burning fossil fuels costs the United States about
>$120 billion a year in health costs, mostly because of thousands
>of premature deaths from air pollution, the National Academy of
>Sciences reported in a study issued Monday.
>The damages are caused almost equally by coal and oil, according
>to the study, which was ordered by Congress. The study set out to
>measure the costs not incorporated into the price of a kilowatt-
>hour or a gallon of gasoline or diesel fuel.
>The estimates by the academy do not include damages from global
>warming, which has been linked to the gases produced by burning
>fossil fuels. The authors said the extent of such damage, and the
>timing, were too uncertain to estimate.