Biden Tosses $6B Lifeline to Save Struggling Nuclear Plants

April 2022

Energy Wire

Lucas Davis, Faculty Affiliate, shares his research regarding the impact of nuclear power plants in the Energy Wire feature.

“Economists Lucas Davis and Catherine Hausman presented research in 2015 on the impact of the closing the San Onofre nuclear power plant in 2012. Replacing its electricity with gas-fueled generation caused a 9-million-ton increase in carbon dioxide emissions in the first year following its shutdown, equivalent to the tailpipe emissions of an additional 2 million cars, they said in an American Economic Journal report.