WASHINGTON—The Nuclear Energy Institute’s president and chief executive officer, Frank L. “Skip” Bowman, today made the following comments concerning the decision yesterday by a majority of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee not to accept an amendment to S.2191 (America’s Climate Security Act of 2007) offered by Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia. The amendment would help implement the Energy Policy Act of 2005 with provisions to encourage construction of new nuclear power plants:
“Since nuclear energy provides more than 70 percent of the electricity generated in the United States by technologies that do not emit greenhouse gases or controlled pollutants into the atmosphere, the decision to exclude nuclear energy from the Climate Security Act is short-sighted and a missed opportunity to advance the nation’s clean-air and climate objectives by encouraging the construction of new, advanced-design nuclear power plants.
“While there is no silver bullet for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, it is equally true that exclusion of the technology – namely nuclear power – that far and away prevents the greatest amount of emissions in the electricity sector makes it exponentially more difficult to achieve that goal. The recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and analyses by the Electric Power Research Institute make a powerful case that increased use of nuclear energy is vital to any cost-effective efforts to meet the challenge of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
“Despite the action taken yesterday, the nuclear energy industry will continue to work with Congress to include this valuable clean-air resource in future energy legislation.”