The study says the deaths are attributable to coal-fired power predominantly replacing shut-down nuclear power plants, driving around a 12% increase in local air pollution.
That rise in pollution alone bears a price tag of $8.7 bn a year, more than 70% of the phaseout’s total annual costs of $12.2 bn, says the study, by economists at the University of California at Santa Barbara, the University of California at Berkeley, and Carnegie Mellon University.
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