28 Jul '11, 11pm

Clean energy standards are an affordable way to cut emissions

It sure would be nice if members of Congress actually listened to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). If they did, they would learn what we've known for quite some time: Shifting to cleaner electricity generation is an affordable and effective way to reduce carbon emissions. The CBO just released a summary [PDF] of seven different types of standards from a variety of sources. The summary uniformly finds that either an renewable energy standard (renewables alone) or a clean energy standard (some combination of renewables, natural gas, nuclear, and carbon capture and storage) will reduce carbon emissions, and that any price impacts to consumers will be minimal. Some consumers may even pay lower utility bills. The report does acknowledge that some regions could see price increases. You can bet that some people will jump all over this and claim that clean energy mandates dr...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/energy-policy/2011-07-28-cbo-clean-e...

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