Policy Analysis

More costly than we think

By Henry David Venema, Stephan Barg, Henry David Venema, Stephan Barg on August 13, 2003
This opinion piece first appeared in The Toronto Star (August 11, 2003). A recent study conducted by the International Institute for Sustainable Development quantifies the health impacts, air quality and climate change externalities associated with thermal power generation across Eastern Canada, which amounts to $1.8 billion a year. However, the price we pay for electricity produced from coal, does not reflect its full cost.