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Sanders (I-VT): “I believe we can produce a significant fraction of the country’s energy with solar thermal,” Udall (D-NM): “When you put a price on carbon you are helping nuclear power”

By Joe Romm

"Sanders (I-VT): “I believe we can produce a significant fraction of the country’s energy with solar thermal,” Udall (D-NM): “When you put a price on carbon you are helping nuclear power”"

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Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is always worth listening to and he has become a big supporter of concentrated solar power.

Udall (D-NM) notes this bill would help nuclear power contrary to what the other side says:  “When you put a price on carbon you are helping nuclear power.”

Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) — noted news report that Toyota has some 2000 patents on hybrids, which is using to maintain its leadership position.  He wants this bill because “I want to see us at the front of the parade” on clean energy

Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA) kept his powder dry, but spoke on the importance of taking action on climate and is concerned about jobs in his coal-producing state [although it doesn't generate very many jobs in PA anymore].

‹ Boxer (D-CA) smacks down Crapo (R-ID), Carper (D-DE) says nuclear (which he supports) is “not cheap” and “the cleanest most affordable energy, is the energy we never use.”

NSIDC: Arctic “melt season in high gear” ›

4 Responses to Sanders (I-VT): “I believe we can produce a significant fraction of the country’s energy with solar thermal,” Udall (D-NM): “When you put a price on carbon you are helping nuclear power”

  1. GFW says:

    Totally off-topic, but does anyone know why www. nsidc.org suddenly requires a name and password?

  2. GFW says:

    Never mind. They fixed it.

  3. Joeseph, thanks for the blog and unfolding story about ACES. I’m part of a broad environmental coalition in Massachesetts that will be asking our Senators to strengthen the companion bill, so appreciate your ongoing commentary. Seems the key to success of the House bill, as won by Congressman Markey, will be accurate, verifiabe and honestly traded offsets. With Goldman Sachs as a lead player in this new carbon market, the recent financial crisis, the underlying deregulation of the sector, the absence of the SEC and CFTC and no meaningful oversight by Congress, what is your honest opinion on the possiblity for those accurate, verifiabe and honestly traded offsets? Won’t this become just another huge crap shoot?

    [JR: The bill, as written, has about as much oversight as one could possibly want for offsets. I think the offset market is worth worrying about, but as I have blogged many times, it is not a limitless supply of cheap tons. Quite the reverse. I will blog more on this.]

  4. Rod Adams says:

    Joe – I have done quite a bit of traveling on the roads of the US over the years. The last time I checked, it was a hell of a long way from Vermont – the home of Bernie Sanders – to the desert Southwest. Just how does he propose that electricity generated in solar thermal plants there will be transported to his wintery home state where the solar constant is cut down by the sine of the elevation angle?

    [JR: You don't get it. He supports CSP even though VT has little potential!]