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The True Cost of Energy part of SISL:2012 Sustainability in Math Workshop:Activities
Students figure out how much coal must be burned to power a light bulb for a year, accounting for energy losses from the coal to the lamp. Cost of mining the coal and of cleaning up the pollution created by burning the coal are used to figure out an energy price under two assumptions: (1) price does not cover the clean-up cost. (2) price does cover the clean-up cost.