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How solar power can save lives and money

Wednesday 21 Jun 17 9:00am

Solar power can do much more for Americans’ health and wealth than coal can deliver | Marius Fiskum


By TIM RADFORD | US scientists know how to save lives, make money and make America great again. The answer? Switch from coal to solar power. This would save up to 52,000 lives, and deliver electricity at the same time.

True, it would cost $1.45 trillion to deliver the photovoltaics to fully replace all 755 gigawatts of America’s coal-powered electricity. Right now, solar panels deliver only 22.7 gigawatts of US electricity.

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