The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Office of Congressional and government Affairs
At A Glance
 
 
Briefing
: Hidden Costs of Energy: Unpriced Consequences of Energy Production and Use
Dates:
Fri, Oct 16, 2009   419 Dirksen Senate Office Bldg. – 1:00 p.m.
Fri, Oct 16, 2009   406 Dirksen Senate Office Bldg. – 2:00 p.m.
Fri, Oct 16, 2009   2456 Rayburn House Office Bldg. – 3:30 p.m.

 

THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
National Research Council
Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology
Board on Energy and Environmental Systems
Board on Science, Technology and Economic Policy
Committee on Health, Environmental, and Other External Costs and Benefits of Energy Production and Consumption

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Congressional Briefings

on

Hidden Costs of Energy:
Unpriced Consequences of Energy Production and Use

by

Dr. Jared L. Cohon, President, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pa.; and Chair, Committee on Health, Environmental, and Other External Costs and Benefits of Energy Production and Consumption, National Research Council, The National Academies

Dr. Maureen L. Cropper, Professor of Economics, University of Maryland, College Park, Md.; and Vice-Chair, Committee on Health, Environmental, and Other External Costs and Benefits of Energy Production and Consumption, National Research Council, The National Academies

Mr. Daniel S. Greenbaum, President and Chief Executive Officer, Health Effects Institute, Boston, Mass.; and Member, Committee on Health, Environmental, and Other External Costs and Benefits of Energy Production and Consumption, National Research Council, The National Academies

In the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (P.L.109-58) Congress called for a study by the National Academy of Sciences to evaluate key external costs and benefits—related to effects on public health, environment, infrastructure, and national security—associated with the production, distribution, and use of energy but not currently reflected in market prices or fully addressed by current government policy. After receipt of funding from the Treasury Department in 2008, the Academy formed a committee of experts to conduct the study. The report estimates current and future (2030) external costs of damages to public health, agriculture, and other effects resulting from electricity production, transportation, and heat generation from major fuels and energy technologies, both current and fast-growing. It also considers future damages related to climate change resulting from energy production and use.

This briefing was for members of Congress and congressional staff only. The report was released to the public on October 19, 2009 and can be found, in its entirety, on the Web site of the National Academies Press.