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ADVOCACY

Anti-nuclear movement set its sight on Calif. closures

PART FOUR:
After 40 years of protests, anti-nuclear activist Rochelle Becker's fight is coming to an end. California’s 2,240 megawatt Diablo Canyon nuclear plant north of Los Angeles is set to close in 2025. The plant represents 7 percent of the state's emissions-free electricity, which today helps keep California from feeding its voracious energy appetite with dirtier fuels. But to activists, Diablo Canyon's outsized role in California's energy portfolio stood in the way of more investment in wind and solar power, energy efficiency, and energy storage technology. CONTINUE READING >>>

POLICY

Trump upends a strategy to paint nuclear neon green

PART THREE:
As the next chief lobbyist for U.S. nuclear power, Maria Korsnick had just crafted a plan to win support in Washington for a group of reactors at risk of early shutdown because they aren't making it economically.

The strategy: Paint nuclear green. Reactors would be rebranded as an essential source of carbon-free power for states trying to meet emissions limits under U.S. EPA's Clean Power Plan.

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POLICY

EPA's big bet on nuclear put U.S. climate goals at risk

PART TWO:
The second E&E News story in a series about the link between at-risk nuclear plants and U.S. climate goals examines how U.S. EPA responded to warnings of possible plant closures that could threaten its Clean Power Plan targets. The agency's decision to leave the nuclear issue to politically divided states sharpens concerns about U.S. emissions just as President-elect Donald Trump prepares to jettison the EPA plan and U.S. climate commitments.

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UTILITIES

Nuclear closures magnify U.S. climate challenge for Trump

PART ONE:
A multipart series by E&E News examines industry warnings that as much as 15 percent of the 99 U.S. nuclear reactors may be shut down in a decade or less, unable to compete with cheaper natural gas-fired generation. The loss of this much around-the-clock, carbon-free nuclear energy would significantly undermine U.S. efforts to limit carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. Further scrambling the outcome of a national plan to slash carbon emissions and stave off the worst outcomes of climate change is Donald Trump.

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