Sen. John Barrasso (R., Wyo.) authored an op-ed that was published in the Casper Star Tribune this week on the importance of rebuilding domestic uranium production. The article was published on the heels of a draft Senate bill, the American Nuclear Infrastructure Act of 2020, that was released on July 29.
In his article, Barrasso states that the draft legislation he released “will help revive, strengthen, and protect our use of nuclear power. Reinvigorating America’s nuclear energy infrastructure will create jobs, make America more secure, and grow our economy.”
Barrasso notes that this bill is in the interest of national security because Russia and China are asserting their influence by subsidizing their government-owned nuclear companies to invest in the global uranium supply and “secure nuclear fuel for themselves.” As a result, “roughly 40 percent of the uranium coming into the United States originates in Russia or its satellite states,” Barrasso states.
Further reading: A summary of the draft bill was posted to Newswire on July 31.