“Hidden” costs of energy

windmillThe National Academy of Sciences’ National Research Council reports that there’s about $120 billion in “hidden costs” —¬†including environmental and public health damage — from energy production and consumption every year.¬† Professor Ian Sue Wing of the BU Center for Energy and Environmental Studies was a member of the NRC committee which conducted the study.

“Although questions of health and environmental policy are not the focus of the report, its conclusions point to the need for measures to better internalize these hidden costs into the market price of energy.”

Contact Ian Wing, 617-353-5989, isw@bu.edu

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