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Coal industry lobbyists and coal-state politicians like to remind us that coal is a relatively cheap source of energy.
But in a major new report out today, the National Academy of Sciences details some of the huge "hidden costs" of coal: More than $62 billion a year in "external damages" - that is, premature deaths from air pollution.
A National Academy news release is available here and the report itself here.
Those coal costs are part of the $120 billion in "hidden costs" that the academy's National Research Council documented in its report, "Hidden Costs of Energy: Unpriced Consequences of Energy Production and Use."
It was too expensive but I know solar buildings built in the 70's on the coast of Maine and if solar can work there it can work anywhere.
Originally posted by KissMyBass
reply to post by grover
Look if Solar was economically viable in the 70's then it would have caught on.
Originally posted by grover
Yeah nuclear energy looks good until you consider the waste and accidents like Chernoble.