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The Deathprint Of Energy Grapples With The Powers Of Regulation

The rarely-discussed energy cost externality is thedeathprint, or the number of people killed per kWh produced. Like the carbon footprint, coal has the largest deathprint while nuclear has the smallest. These vague eventually-someone-has-to-pay kind of costs are hard to put a value on because they are mainly associated human health and environmental effects. But there appears to be a 10% or so increase in health care costs in countries where coal makes up a significant fraction of the energy mix, like the U.
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