by Richard Ottinger

In an interview with Greenwire, Scott Segal, Electric Reliability Coordinating Council Director, predicts the possibility of bipartisan progress on EPA CO2 regulations, but only if Democrats are willing to accept delay in implementation and progress on renewable electricity standards. Democrats must be willing not only to include nuclear energy and expanded hydroelectric in the mix, but also to allow/provide for delays to permit implementation. Scott Segal talks of 2-3 year delays, but if the delays go beyond the 2012 elections, he fails to recognize that the prospects of progress will be illusory.  He also doesn’t seem to take into account Senate Minority Leader McConnell’s top priority of preventing the President’s re-election, thus continuing the Republican policy of saying no to any Administration accomplishments.  Read the full interview here.