Students of energy policy have long been familiar with the cry from activists: Government shouldn’t pick the winners and losers.
But the environmental movement, albeit with good intentions, is quite often guilty of that. Collectively, the environmentalists have told the electric utility industry, with varying degrees of vehemence, “We want wind and solar.”
As an afterthought, some environmentalists have acknowledged that there are other options, most notably nuclear and improved storage, and there is the possibility of new technologies or huge improvements in the known ones.
These deserve a hearing in the great sea change now taking place in electricity production.
Electric utilities want to reduce and end carbon emissions. But right now, they’re struggling with the overselling