Study: Coal Production and Burning Results In At Least $150 Billion in Non-Climate Damages Each Year

Takeaway: even coal's non-climate damages is reason significant action to reduce coal consumption.
  • A 2010 study finds that between $150 and $300 billion in annual negative impacts result from air and water pollution in Kentucky, West Virginia, and many other states.

  • These costs are not currently factored into the price of electricity from coalif they were, electricity prices would roughly double.

  • The study indicates that these damages are conservative, as many other pollution sources were left out of the analysis.