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Expansion of Renewable Energy Industries and Implications for Occupational Health

Expansion of Renewable Energy Industries and Implications for Occupational Health COMMENTARY Expansion of Renewable Energy Industries and Implications for Occupational Health Fossil fuel workers risk unintended injury from extrac- Steven A. Sumner, MD tion activities and also are exposed to hazardous particu- Peter M. Layde, MD, MSc late matter, gases, and radiation in the extraction environ- ment. Extraction activities, such as those in offshore oil ECENT PASSAGE OF THE AMERICAN RECOVERY AND drilling, also isolate workers from prompt emergency care 1 6 Reinvestment Act of 2009 provides significantly in the event of a life-threatening injury. increased funding for renewable energy indus- Many renewable energy technologies uniquely alter the Rtries that are expected to increasingly supplant traditional fuel cycle in that they reduce or eliminate the the traditional fossil fuel energy industries of coal, oil, and fuel extraction phase, thereby minimizing or eliminating a natural gas. phase in which a high rate of occupational injury occurs. Although fossil fuel energy has historically been priced To be accurate, wind and solar technologies are not com- lower than renewable energy, hidden costs to energy pro- pletely without an extraction phase because raw materials duction have not been fully included or internalized in the are required to manufacture wind turbines and photovol- market http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA American Medical Association

Expansion of Renewable Energy Industries and Implications for Occupational Health

JAMA , Volume 302 (7) – Aug 19, 2009

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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright 2009 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.
ISSN
0098-7484
eISSN
1538-3598
DOI
10.1001/jama.2009.1214
pmid
19690312
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Abstract

COMMENTARY Expansion of Renewable Energy Industries and Implications for Occupational Health Fossil fuel workers risk unintended injury from extrac- Steven A. Sumner, MD tion activities and also are exposed to hazardous particu- Peter M. Layde, MD, MSc late matter, gases, and radiation in the extraction environ- ment. Extraction activities, such as those in offshore oil ECENT PASSAGE OF THE AMERICAN RECOVERY AND drilling, also isolate workers from prompt emergency care 1 6 Reinvestment Act of 2009 provides significantly in the event of a life-threatening injury. increased funding for renewable energy indus- Many renewable energy technologies uniquely alter the Rtries that are expected to increasingly supplant traditional fuel cycle in that they reduce or eliminate the the traditional fossil fuel energy industries of coal, oil, and fuel extraction phase, thereby minimizing or eliminating a natural gas. phase in which a high rate of occupational injury occurs. Although fossil fuel energy has historically been priced To be accurate, wind and solar technologies are not com- lower than renewable energy, hidden costs to energy pro- pletely without an extraction phase because raw materials duction have not been fully included or internalized in the are required to manufacture wind turbines and photovol- market

Journal

JAMAAmerican Medical Association

Published: Aug 19, 2009

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