The Social Cost of Atmospheric Release

This report calculates the social cost of releasing pollutants into the air due to fossil fuel combustion. It concludes that the true cost of fossil fuels is higher than their current market values, when factoring in their environmental impacts. The report estimates the following social costs for the combustion of fossil fuels: $0.14-0.34/kWh for electricity generation from coal; $0.04-0.18/kWh for electricity generation from gas; $3.80 per gallon of gasoline; and $4.80 per gallon of diesel.