Thanks to NEI's Ted Jones for passing this story to us from the New York Times about how California is investing in carbon mitigation technologies around the country. See if you can identify the elephant in the room from the story's first three paragraphs:
KEWAUNEE, Wis. — Bryan T. Pagel, a dairy farmer, watched as a glistening slurry of cow manure disappeared down a culvert. If recycling the waste on his family’s farm would help to save the world, he was happy to go along.Still stumped? Well, you shouldn't be. Kewaunee, Wisconsin is home to the now closed Kewaunee Power Station, a 556 MWe nuclear reactor. It was closed a little more than a year ago for economic reasons.
Out back, machinery was breaking down the manure and capturing a byproduct called methane, a potent greenhouse gas. A huge Caterpillar engine roared as it burned the methane to generate electricity, keeping it out of the atmosphere.
The $3.2 million system also reduces odors at Pagel’s Ponderosa Dairy, one of the largest in Wisconsin, but it would not have been built without a surprising source of funds: a California initiative that is investing in carefully chosen projects, even ones far beyond its borders, to reduce emissions as part of the battle against climate change.
|FWIW, I'd rather use Uranium|
Now, please don't get us wrong. We're all for encouraging new and innovative methods to generate electricity that also help constrain carbon emissions (ridding the world of the odor of manure is a real plus too). But as our friends at Nuclear Matters are pointing out on a daily basis, it seems clear that nuclear-generated electricity isn't being properly priced and valued in the marketplace. Here's hoping that policymakers start paying attention, and soon.