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Mining, transporting & burning coal = $60 billion in health care costs annually:

Mining, transporting & burning coal = $60 billion in health care costs annually:

Coal is a Disease that Costs Us $60 Billion a Year posted by Matthew Wheeland on February 25th, 2014 I’ll say it up front: We are clearly biased toward renewable energy, particularly home solar systems . That much is obvious. Why we believe renewables are the future of energy is I hope equally obvious, but it can’t hurt to underline the reasons. In just the last two months, we’ve seen a series of disasters small and large that are a direct result of our continued reliance on dirty energy. Whether it’s coal ash fouling a North Carolina river or a little-known chemical used by the coal industry leaving 300,000 West Virginians without water , it’s clear that the price of dirty energy is much higher than we usually think. Last week, clean energy visionary Jigar Shah — founder of SunEdison, founding CEO of the Carbon War Room, and more — detailed the healthcare costs of coal in...

Full article: http://1bog.org/blog/coal-disease-costs-us-60-billion-year/

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