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After a blistering summer that stretched the struggling Texas power grid to its limit, we face another winter of crossing our fingers that the heat stays on. The deadly 2021 freeze exposed the ugly reality that the stability of our state’s electricity supply too often rests on hope. We desperately need new sources of power, but Republican leaders continue to hold back the state’s booming wind and solar industries. Instead they’re embracing nuclear power.Governor Greg Abbott in August directed the Public Utility Commission to explore “how Texas will become the national leader in using advanced nuclear energy.” In its 2022 platform, the state GOP mentions “encouraging providers to build and operate traditional and next-generation nuclear power plants.” In Washington, congressional Republicans are pushing a number…
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