Study finds U.S. grossly underestimates pollution costs

Study finds U.S. grossly underestimates pollution costs

 

Pollution is a major problem in the U.S., and a recent study suggests that the government may be underestimating the full impact of smog, smoke and unwanted organisms. According to research published in the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, the model that the U.S. is using to determine the future costs of carbon pollution is faulty. This is one of the many reasons why Americans should consider using natural detox products to protect themselves against pollution, since this problem is even more widespread than previously thought.

According to the researchers, creating a model that more accurately reflects the projected costs of carbon pollution could pave the way for more programs to improve the environment. Scientists determined that the economic benefits of carbon reduction are 2.6 to more than 12 times higher than the government's estimate. Laurie Johnson, Ph.D., chief economist in the climate and clean air program at the Natural Resources Defense Council, said that all Americans should take notice of these findings.

"This is a wake-up call for America to start aggressively investing in low carbon sources of energy. The very real economic benefits will accrue quickly and increase over time," said Johnson. "It turns out that the price we now pay for energy is much higher than what shows up on our electric bills or the tab at the gas pump."

Using the government's current analytical model, it would appear as though natural gas is the most cost-effective option for new power plants. However, according to the scientists, after adjusting for pollution costs, solar or wind power would be cheaper than natural gas or coal.

Johnson added that since approximately 40 percent of all carbon emissions in the U.S. come from power plants, the benefits of creating cleaner energy sources would be significant