Bob Perciasepe on the UCS nuclear report

Statement of Bob Perciasepe
President, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions

November 9, 2018

On the Union of Concerned Scientists report on U.S. nuclear capacity:

“The Union of Concerned Scientists is a welcome addition to the chorus recognizing U.S. nuclear generation as a critical element to achieving dramatic and necessary greenhouse gas emission reductions. Along with improved energy efficiency, growth in wind and solar deployment, and carbon capture utilization, all practical solutions will be needed to avoid the gravest consequences of climate change and a warming planet.

“Our own analysis at C2ES has pointed to the detrimental market failures that threaten zero-emission nuclear generation, and more importantly, the state and federal policy solutions to address them. A report we released earlier this year identifies state actions to recognize the environmental benefits of nuclear power and prevent early plant retirements, including zero-emission certificates, inclusion in electricity portfolio standards, and operating license renewals to extend plant lifespan.

“That one of the industry’s most dedicated watchdogs is calling the effort to maintain zero-emission nuclear capacity “an imperative that cannot be ignored” is a testament to the urgency of action, as detailed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report last month. These policy solutions will need to be adopted quickly to prevent backtracking on emission reductions, and every new ally strengthens that effort.”

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