After two months’ repair, the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant can begin operating again. The state senate has ordered it closed for good in 2012. Reversal is possible, but public opinion is heavily against continued operation. Entergy, the operator, said no pipes existed to leak, but they did and did.
Some scientists have worried that glacial melting could cool the warm Atlantic Ocean curents, causing them to slow, or even cease flowing. New evidence suggests that little slowing has occurred in the last decade or two. Scientists are now more confident that Atlantic currents are at little risk.
Most people are familiar with the EPA’s EnergyStar rating, which certifies that products save energy. However, a Congressional audit casts doubt on the rating’s reliability. Several bogus products the auditors submitted won the coveted rating. The EPA must tighten controls to restore confidence.
Just a year ago, ‘cap and trade’ was the basis for a national climate change bill. Today it is widely discredited. Lawmakers felt they had to give away so many pollution allowances to get passage, it became known as ‘cap and tax’. Today, ‘cap and dividend’ would auction allowances, simply, to all.
The E.P.A. has proposed adding the oil and gas industries to the 31 which already report their CO2 and methane emissions to the government. Reporting these emissions should yield better information and smarter policies to address pollution. If approved, data collection would start this year.