Discussing a newly proposed bill for renewable electricity standard, an editorial from the Washington Post asked lawmakers to consider all energy sources that help reduce our carbon emissions, including nuclear energy.
With both a carbon tax (our preference) and a cap-and-trade scheme politically out of reach, smart regulation could be better than nothing. But if the government is going to set rules, why not a technology-neutral carbon reduction standard, under which utilities would be required to reduce the carbon they emit per megawatt by adopting cleaner generation technologies? The government interest is in reducing climate change; the goal therefore is low-carbon electricity generation. If nuclear power, which produces no carbon, can help reach that goal, why should government aid only wind and solar? …Lawmakers should put their carbon-cutting policies in terms of carbon reduction and stop trying to decide who wins and who loses.”
Read the whole editorial, “Energy Roulette” here.