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Environment
00000177-6edd-df44-a377-6fff43430000Energy – and how we get it – affects everyone. Someone loads coal in a chute in a western North Carolina power plant, and someone else turns on a light in the Triangle.But how will we get that energy in 10 or 20 years? Coal is a leading cause of global warming… and we can't yet rely on renewable energy like solar and wind.Are utility companies making the right decisions? And are environmentalists realistic about our everyday needs? At stake is not just the state's economic growth, but our quality of life.North Carolina Voices: Tomorrow's Energy is a two-week long series that will look at the people making the decisions and driving the debate over energy. It airs on Morning Edition and energy-related topics will be discussed on The State of Things.The stories aired over the course of April 12-23 are presented in an hour-long special hosted by Eric Hodge.

Tomorrow's Energy: Overview

Energy companies are predicting that the need for power will grow in North Carolina in the coming years. With climate legislation likely, they are turning back to an energy source that has been put on the back burner for several decade: nuclear.

In February, President Obama announced 8 billion dollars in loan guarantees for a Georgia utility company hoping to build new nuclear reactors. Progress Energy and Duke Energy both have plans to also build new nuclear to serve customers in North Carolina.

As part of our series, North Carolina Voices, Tomorrow’s Energy, reporter Dave DeWitt has the story of how nuclear may play into the state’s future.

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