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The costs of failure: A preliminary assessment of major energy accidents, 1907-2007

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    A combination of technical complexity, tight coupling, speed, and human fallibility contribute to the unexpected failure of large-scale energy technologies. This study offers a preliminary assessment of the social and economic costs of major energy accidents from 1907 to 2007. It documents 279 incidents that have been responsible for $41 billion in property damage and 182,156 deaths. Such disasters highlight an often-ignored negative externality to energy production and use, and emphasize the need for further research.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Energy Policy.

    Volume (Year): 36 (2008)
    Issue (Month): 5 (May)
    Pages: 1802-1820

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:enepol:v:36:y:2008:i:5:p:1802-1820

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