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2.5.4: Safety

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    Yet another dimension along which energy sources differ is safety, both to workers and to the general population. Data on safety in the energy industry, particularly outside of the U.S. and Europe, is very hard to come by but what data does exist globally is presented in Figure 7.

    Bar graph showing Comparative Global Production and Death Rate for Major Energy

    Figure 7: Comparative Global Production and Death Rate for Major Energy 

    Sources. Data from the OECD World Health Outlook and Paul Scherer Institute

    Perhaps unsurprisingly, coal and oil exhibit the highest death rates for all energy sources for which data was available. On a per-Btu basis, some of the safest energy sources have historically been wind and solar (in part because they represent a very small share of global energy production), natural gas and perhaps surprisingly nuclear.


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