06 May '11, 5pm

Pollutant-caused illness costs $76.6 billion. You could buy an electric car for every person in Boston with that

Between medical costs and lost productivity for parents, environmental illnesses in children cost $76.6 billion annually, says a new study in Health Affairs . That’s the cost of all illnesses that are correlated with exposure to pollutants and toxins. (Some of the associations are better-documented than others, but many -- like lead poisoning, which costs $50.9 billion annually -- are well-established.) What could we get if we weren’t spending that money? Well, you could buy a private island in the Florida keys ($18 million) and sit on it in your diamond-encrusted bra ($3 million), reading your Gutenberg Bible ($35 million) and still have enough money left over to: Build a proposed L.A. to San Francisco bullet train ($43 billion); Double the 2011 budget investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency programs ($3.2 billion); Build an 800 MW offshore turbine farm ($2.4...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/list/2011-05-06-nixing-pollutants-co...

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