First published in Bloomberg BNA’s Daily Environment Report on December 18, 2013
Climate change, energy independence, and health and welfare are policy rationales for alternate sources of electricity. Advances in technology have generated six choices for generating electricity: nuclear, coal, natural gas, wind, solar and hydro power. The policy rationales and choices need to be part of a coherent national energy policy, which the U.S. lacks. Acknowledgment that climate change is real and that alternative technologies can mitigate it would help to initiate a coherent policy.