The costs of society of burning a gallon of gasoline

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Written by Lester R. Brown

If the cost to society of smoking a pack of cigarettes is $7.18, how much is the cost to society of burning a gallon of gasoline?  The total of indirect costs (oil industry tax breaks, oil supply protection costs, oil industry subsidies and health care costs of treating auto exhaust-related respiratory illnesses) is aroung $9.00/gallon.  If these costs were added to the current price of gas (about $2/gallon), gas would cost $11/gallon.  These costs are real.  Someone bears them.

Lester R. Brown, Plan B v.2, pp.230-231.

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