30 Jun '16, 6pm

Coal Is Literally Killing Us

Coal Is Literally Killing Us

Most of our arguments over whether, when, and how to transition to a renewable-energy economy involve numbers: measuring the cost of fossil-fuel production against the cost of solar production, for example, or calculating the environmental impact of coal vis-à-vis one of its renewable counterparts. There’s no shortage of data informing these arguments—and the good news, if you happen to believe that this transition can’t arrive soon enough, is that the information now coming in continues to support the idea that renewables are as cost-effective as they are clean. One somewhat under-discussed aspect of the debate has to do with the effects of different forms of energy production on public health and, by extension, the staggeringly high costs that are typically associated with maintaining it. Now, a recent study out of Harvard University seems likely to accelerate this discu...

Full article: https://www.nrdc.org/onearth/coal-literally-killing-us

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