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article: Fossil Fuels’ Hidden Cost Is in Billions, Study Says

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  • murdoch
    Thanks to Paul Scott for pointing out this article in his excellent blog: http://evsandenergy.blogspot.com/ Anyway, here is the article.
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 31 6:31 PM
      Thanks to Paul Scott for pointing out this article in his excellent
      blog:

      http://evsandenergy.blogspot.com/

      Anyway, here is the article.

      http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/20/science/earth/20fossil.html?_r=1&ref=us

      >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.
      >
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