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Coal’s hidden costs top $345 billion in U.S.

Posted on February 17th, 2011 at 11:40 by John Sinteur in category: News -- Write a comment


The United States’ reliance on coal to generate almost half of its electricity, costs the economy about $345 billion a year in hidden expenses not borne by miners or utilities, including health problems in mining communities and pollution around power plants, a study found.

Those costs would effectively triple the price of electricity produced by coal-fired plants, which are prevalent in part due to the their low cost of operation, the study led by a Harvard University researcher found.

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