real costs of different energy sources

In Chapter 2 of a recent paper from the Brookings Institute, they estimate the costs of fuels, based on both carbon and noncarbon social costs.

energy costs bar graph

Coal and natural gas still seem like good choices if you are purely looking at cost and not long term consequences.  It doesn’t seem like they are including any environmental costs here though?

What do you think of these numbers?  Reasonable? Under or Overestimating?  What about their sources?

http://www.brookings.edu/papers/2011/05_energy_greenstone_looney.aspx

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