Lawmakers debut resolution supporting nuclear energy

August 3, 2023, 12:11PMNuclear News



A bipartisan coalition of 15 senators led by Sens. Ted Budd (R., N.C.) and Chris Coons (D., Del.) is backing a resolution declaring that “in order to maintain geopolitical energy leadership, reduce carbon emissions, and enhance the energy security of the United States, the Senate is committed to embracing and promoting nuclear power as a clean baseload energy source necessary to achieve a reliable, secure, and diversified electric grid.”

The resolution, S. Res. 321, was introduced July 27 and referred to the Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

Fellow fission fans: Cosponsors of S. Res. 321 include Sens. Cory Booker (D., N.J.), Sherrod Brown (D., Ohio), Kevin Cramer (R., N.D.), Mike Crapo (R., Idaho), Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.), Mark Kelly (D., Ariz.), Joe Manchin (D., W.Va.), Pete Ricketts (R., Neb.), Jim Risch (R., Idaho), Kyrsten Sinema (I., Ariz.), Thom Tillis (R., N.C.), Mark Warner (D., Va.), and Roger Wicker (R., Miss.).

Words from the sponsors: “Investing in safe and clean nuclear energy is a key step to ensure America becomes energy dominant and offers a unique opportunity to jump start American advanced manufacturing, particularly in North Carolina,” said Budd. “I’m glad to work with Senator Coons on a bipartisan expression of this goal. I will continue to support an all-of-the-above energy strategy to lower prices for gas and electricity for working North Carolina families while creating rewarding, well-paying jobs in this growing industry.”

“Embracing nuclear energy would contribute to America’s global leadership, reinvigorate manufacturing at home, lower energy costs, and help to realize our climate goals,” added Coons. “I’m proud to have worked with Senator Budd to emphasize the importance of nuclear in attaining a reliable and diversified energy system that prepares our nation for the global challenges of the 21st century.”

Outside support: The measure is also endorsed by Duke Energy, Constellation Energy, the U.S. Nuclear Industry Council, Centrus Energy, Third Way, ClearPath, and North American Young Generation in Nuclear. In addition, the American Nuclear Society has applauded the resolution.

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