Unbridled support for new nuclear power stations is not matched by equivalent measures to promote renewable energy. A Renewable Portfolio Standard requiring a share of electricity to be produced from renewable sources is missing.
However, the Bill would amend the Clean Air Act to establish performance standards for new coal-fired power plants permitted from 2009 onwards. And it’s a start. Hopefully the Senate will pass it before the UN climate talks in November/December. Otherwise, international climate change policies are likely to remain uncertain and fragmented.