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Articles by Sarah Terry-Cobo

Sarah Terry-Cobo is a freelance reporter specializing in science and environmental policy issues. Previously she was a reporter and research assistant on the Center for Investigative Reporting's Carbon Watch series, covering climate change policy, carbon markets, and forest conservation projects. She graduated in 2009 from the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and Latin American Studies programs. Her main beat is the environment, but she also has a keen interest in immigration and Latin American affairs. Terry-Cobo was a clean technology intern for Forbes.com in 2008, a reporter and editorial intern for GreenBiz.com in 2009 and worked for CIR until April 2011.

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What’s the true price of gasoline? This animated feature from the Center for Investigative Reporting explores the “external costs” of gasoline use in the U.S. — including pollution and the health problems caused by it. “The Price of Gas” video was reported by me, produced by Carrie Ching and Sarah Terry-Cobo, and illustrated by Arthur Jones:

California has some of the dirtiest air in the nation. Consequently, it has some of the strictest rules for gasoline, meaning it burns cleaner than it does in many other states. But cleaner fuels are more expensive.

Clean air requirements, combined with supply and refining constraints, make the price of California gas consistently among the highest in the nation. Turmoil in the Middle East is another factor that pushes up the global price of crude oil. Even though the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gas in California fluctuates around $4, some experts argue that $4 a gallon is much less than the real cost.

Compared with other industrialized countries, the U.S. has it cheap. The Economist notes that American consumers pay about half of what Europeans pay, which i... Read more