Thursday, September 28, 2017

Climate change costs US $240 billion a year (before Harvey/Irma/Maria)

According to this recent study, just counting extreme weather events and health costs, the US is paying $240 billion each year over the last 10 years. And that was before the recent super-hurricane season. Since the US population is around 300 million, that means you personally paid on average $8000 over the last 10 years, and your spouse, each of your kids and grandkids.

Multiply $8000 times the number of people in your immediate family. Want to keep paying these bills or would it be cheaper to switch to renewables?

Before we got solar panels on our house, I signed my household up for green power with my local utility. It cost us about $3-5 extra each month (which, using the higher number, would have translated into $600 over the 10 year period.) Hmm, $600 vs $8000. You decide.

Hidden Costs of Climate Change Running Hundreds of Billions a Year - National Geographic

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