The most recent projections from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics concur that jobs in engineering, and other STEM fields, would likely provide the strongest growth, financial stability, and employment opportunity for job seekers come 2024. However, the reports indicate that education outside the classroom remains integral to success and ensuring a competitive advantage.
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Curious for your back-of-the-envelope assessment: Let’s say EPA stops enforcing air and water rules for power plants. Would doing so ease regulatory pressure enough on coal-fired power plants to put them back in the money and farther up the dispatch curve? Or is the regulatory structure such that state enforcement would mean that “turning off” environmental controls would not be an option?
It would seem, too, that the economics of natural gas remain a tangible factor in coal’s viability, not to mention state-by-state renewable energy targets, as well as regional market structures that some believe are making nuclear power uneconomic.