POV: Power Breakfast

Power Breakfast for Aug. 20, 2015

Fossil fuels enhance well-being, study finds; Fate of existing nuclear plants examined; Bird ruling considered a setback for Clean Power Plan


POV: Power Breakfast

A nearly daily round-up of news for your consideration:

  • “Consumption of fossil fuels has an environmental impact. But, the solution to that impact are not policies that impose excessive costs on their use and which attempt to force through regulation a shift to more expensive and less abundant alternatives,” Fuel Fix writes in a report on a recent study of fossil fuels and economic well-being.
  • VOX.com examines the Clean Power Plan’s impact on existing nuclear power plants, many of which are already facing serious headwinds. “…Because of quirks in how the Clean Power Plan’s rate-based emissions goals work, some states might even be able to close a nuclear plant, replace it with natural gas generation, and still get credit for cutting emissions, even though overall emissions would have actually gone up , not down.”
  • A California court’s ruling against a proposal that would allow the wind industry to legally kill bald eagles is said to be a setback for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, which depends on tripling wind-energy capacity, The Wall Street Journal reports.
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