Opinion: Saving New Jersey’s nuclear plants came at a hefty price

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Salem Nuclear Power Plant

MICHAEL SHELLENBERGER / FORBES – New Jersey’s passage Thursday of legislation to prevent the premature closure of the state’s nuclear plants is another crucial victory to save America’s largest source of clean energy.

Climate and environmental scientists organized by Environmental Progress urged New Jersey’s Governor Philip Murphy to pass the legislation, and I testified in support of the legislation last December.

But the legislation’s passage came at a hefty price: 18 to 28 times more in subsidies for solar energy than will be received by nuclear plants …

Michael Shellenberger is president of Environmental Progress, a research and policy organization.

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