“ EPA determined that the “best system of emission reduction” would be to effectively shift power away from dirty methods of generating electricity, such as coal, and toward relatively cleaner sources, such as gas, solar, and electric.” I am curious as to the nature of the “electric” source of electricity.
In this excellent article, however, you do not mention nuclear power — particularly the optimum development of it, the MSR/LFTR (Molten Salt Reactor/Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor). These fail-safe reactors convert nearly 100% of their fuel to energy and harmless isotopes, and can use present stockpiles of “Nuclear Waste” as fuel, eliminating the storage problem. They cost about half as much as a standard PWR (Pressurized Water Reactor), and can be built small enough to power an ocean going cargo vessel. They are so safe that they can be built near to cities where the power is needed, eliminating the need for expanding the grid.
See timothymaloney dot net for excellent graphic explanations of this reactor type, and articles on several important related topics.
See Thorcon Power for a company ready to build MSR right now. They are working on a project with the government of Indonesia to build the first commercial MSR.
Read “Super Fuel: Thorium, the Green Energy Source for the Future” by Richard Martin for an excellent history of the nuclear industry, including the development of the first MSR at Oak Ridge.