The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #29381   Message #372095
Posted By: McGrath of Harlow
10-Jan-01 - 06:32 AM
Thread Name: BS: gas prices
Subject: RE: BS: gas prices
Has anyone ever come up with a figure translating the human environmental cost of burning a gallon of petrol into money terms? Flooding and pollution and climatic change and disruption and illlness and death.

To do that fairly, it'd have to be assessed on the basis that the life of an individual or family in Bangla Desh or Mozambique or Nigeria had to be reckoned at the same monetary valuie as the life of someone in North America or Western Europe.

I suspect that we'd find that the price we play for our petrol, even in England, would only be a fraction of the figure we'd arrive at.

And on top of that there's the cost of repairing the damage...