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Nuclear power carries unique costs and benefits as an energy source.

Why We’re Taking a Hard Look at Nuclear Power Plant Closures

, president

Nuclear power plants are controversial, for legitimate reasons. But we need to make hard choices. Read more >

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What the New UCS Report on Nuclear Plants Means for Illinois

, lead Midwest energy analyst

Today UCS released a new report entitled The Nuclear Power Dilemma that examines the economic viability and performance of most of the 60 nuclear power plants operating in the United States as of July 2018. The report also analyzes what electric generating resources are likely to replace these nuclear plants if some of them were to abruptly retire from service. So what did the report find and what does it mean for a state with so much nuclear power like Illinois? Read more >

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Donald Trump’s State of the Union: Actions Speak Louder Than Words

, director of strategy & policy

In his State of the Union address to Congress, President Trump exaggerated the benefits of the Republican tax cut bill to average Americans, overlooked the harm that will result from his push to weaken public health and worker safety protections, and disregarded the serious concerns expressed about key elements of his forthcoming infrastructure proposal. Read more >

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7 Things We Expect to See in Rick Perry’s Unnecessary and Biased Grid Study

, director of energy research, Clean Energy

Do you think we’re going to learn anything new in 60 days that these experts and real-world experience haven’t already answered over the past decade? Read more >

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White House Attacks on ARPA-E Endanger US Energy Innovation

Howard Branz,

The America First Budget Blueprint released by the White House last month proposes to eliminate the Advanced Research Project Agency–Energy (ARPA-E). They’re kidding, right? Read more >

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