US Should Significantly Increase Support For Clean Energy Innovation

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has urged the United States Congress, federal, and state agencies to “significantly increase” support for innovation in what it calls “increasingly clean” electric power technologies. In a report published by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (National Academies ), it has urged the US Government to intensify its support for innovation in electric power technologies it deems are “increasingly clean,” including nuclear power, carbon capture and storage, and renewable energy such as solar and wind. Despite recent cost and price declines which have made these technologies cost-competitive in certain regions under certain conditions, the National Academies believes that “significantly greater market penetration of these technologies will be required to help address the worst impacts of climate change, as well as harms to human health such as asthma and premature death caused by pollution.”

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