A nearly daily round-up of news for your consideration:
- The House Energy and Commerce Committee approved an overhaul of the nation’s energy laws, focusing on modernizing infrastructure, improving energy efficiency and updating other federal energy policies. The legislation passed 32-20 vote, with only three Democrats in favor, lacking the bipartisan consensus an early version had.
- Carol M. Browner, a former administrator of the EPA, supports nuclear power in this op-ed, writing, “I came to understand and appreciate that if we are serious about building a clean energy future, the role that our current nuclear energy facilities play in meeting our energy needs without increasing carbon pollution deserves reconsideration.”
- Power Magazine takes a deep dive into the current and future view of coal in “The Shifting Fates of Coal Markets, Coal Mining and Coal Power.” The conclusion: “As King Coal, saddled with debt and battered tools, slowly loses power in Central Appalachia and nationwide, he’s far from vanquished. Efficient surface miners out West and new high-tech longwallers will ensure that the low-cost producers keep the King alive for decades to come.”