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Paying Too Much for Energy? The True Costs of Our Energy Choices

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dc.contributor.author Greenstone, Michael
dc.contributor.author Looney, Adam
dc.date.accessioned 2012-05-17T13:57:23Z
dc.date.available 2012-05-17T13:57:23Z
dc.date.issued 2012-02
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/70872
dc.description http://web.mit.edu/ceepr/www/publications/workingpapers.html en_US
dc.description.abstract Energy consumption is critical to economic growth and quality of life. America’s energy system, however, is malfunctioning. The status quo is characterized by a tilted playing field, where energy choices are based on the visible costs that appear on utility bills and at gas pumps. This system masks the “external” costs arising from those energy choices, including shorter lives, higher health care expenses, a changing climate, and weakened national security. As a result, we pay unnecessarily high costs for energy. New “rules of the road” could level the energy playing field. Drawing from our work for The Hamilton Project, this paper offers four principles for reforming U.S. energy policies in order to increase Americans’ well-being. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher MIT CEEPR en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries CEEPR Working Papers;2012-002
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dc.title Paying Too Much for Energy? The True Costs of Our Energy Choices en_US
dc.type Working Paper en_US
dc.identifier.citation WP-2012-002 en_US


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