A MAJOR EU research study has concluded that the 'true' price of using coal to generate electricity is double that usually assumed, taking into account the costs of cleaning up the resulting pollution and dealing with the health problems that arise because of it.

Researchers have reached the same conclusion for power generated by oil, but say that the real cost of using gas is only 30 per cent higher than that measured by standard accounting systems. The study did not take account the potential costs of global warming.

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