How Retiring Nuclear Power Plants May Undercut U.S. Climate Goals

Posted on: June 16th, 2017 by rgadmin

 

Low natural gas costs have decreased energy prices and greenhouse gas emissions. However, now those low costs are putting nuclear plants out of business. Clean energy cannot keep up with the demand created when losing those reactors. To make up for the lack of power generated, coal and gas must step up. This will result in a loss of the gains renewables have made over the years.

Unless policy makers help stop the early retirement of these reactors, the U.S. is looking at an increase in pollution. We can see the hesitancy in helping to subsidize this industry but, we also see the benefits. These factors all feed into a larger debate on the importance of climate change.

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https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/13/climate/nuclear-power-retirements-us-climate-goals.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&_r=2

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