Battle Lines Drawn in PA to Prevent Nuke Energy Special Treatment

As MDN pointed out in a post on Monday, the uncompetitive nuclear power generating industry is trying to protect its business by asking for special protections and a “bailout” from ratepayers in state after state (see Expensive Nuke Plants in OH, PA Launch Attack on Cheaper NatGas). Such a strategy has worked in corrupt states like New York and Illinois. But now the nuke industry is turning its focus on Ohio and Pennsylvania. The nuclear industry is asking state legislatures to vote for higher electric rates in order to pass the money along to companies running the nuke plants. Corporate welfare. Picking energy winners and losers by fiat. It would result in rate hikes on people who would otherwise be experiencing lower rates thanks to the use of cheaper sources–like natural gas. Lest you think the natural gas industry (and solar and wind) are taking this battle lying down, think again. The battle lines are drawn. Some 17 organizations and companies, including the Marcellus Shale Coalition, the Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association, and the Pennsylvania Chemical Industry Council, have formed a confederation called “Citizens Against Nuclear Bailouts” to fight the effort by the nukes for special, expensive, preferential treatment…

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