A nearly daily round-up of news for your consideration:
- Growing fragility in the U.S. electricity system may mean rising prices are here to stay, the Los Angeles Times reports, citing new environmental regulations, mandates for renewable power, reductions in nuclear power and natural gas pipeline constraints as contributing factors.
- Environmentalists and nuclear power supporters are beginning to work together to save old nuclear reactors threatened by cheap natural gas and growing wind energy production. Citing a study expected on Monday from the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, the New York Times reports:
“The loss of nuclear plants from the electricity grid would likely lead to millions of tons of additional carbon dioxide in the atmosphere each year,” because the substitute would be fossil fuels, the paper concludes. “This is a prospect the global climate cannot afford.”
- A Reuters analysis reveals that greenhouse gas emissions in industrialized nations decreased by 1.3 percent in 2012, led by a 3.4 percent decline in the U.S., and attributes the fall to low natural gas prices, a shift from coal and greater efficiency in transport.