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Carol Browner Joins ‘Nuclear Matters’ Campaign

April 23, 2014—On the 44th anniversary of Earth Day, former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Carol Browner joined the leadership of Nuclear Matters, a campaign launched last month to raise awareness of the benefits of nuclear energy, especially its role in producing carbon-free electricity and helping address climate change.

Browner, who also served as director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy, broadens the campaign’s bipartisan reach and adds her extensive energy and environmental expertise to the campaign. She joins Nuclear Matters co-chairs, former governors and U.S. senators Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) and Judd Gregg (R-N.H.), former Secretary of Energy and U.S. Sen. Spencer Abraham, and former Secretary of Commerce and White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley on the campaign’s leadership council.

“As EPA administrator, I led an organization charged with protecting our nation’s public health and the environment, and I saw first-hand how important producing energy and electricity from clean sources is to our energy security and the health of our communities,” Browner said in an April 22 press statement.

“Preserving our existing nuclear plants will be a key part of our efforts to reduce carbon emissions and build a cleaner-energy future and safer environment for our children,” she added.

“Carol Browner was the longest serving administrator of the EPA, where she was known for working with both environmental groups and the private sector to promote clean air and other environmental goals,” co-chairs Bayh and Gregg said in the announcement. “Nuclear Matters looks forward to having her continue her efforts to educate the public and key stakeholders on the importance of existing nuclear energy plants to reduce carbon emissions.”

For more information, see the Nuclear Matters website.

NEI MARKS EARTH DAY WITH A LOOK BACK

NEI has noted on its blog that in the 44 years since the first Earth Day in 1970, nuclear energy’s share of electricity generated in the United States has grown from 1.4 percent to almost 20 percent.

Over the same period, the use of oil to generate electricity has virtually disappeared, while coal and hydropower have both declined in percentage terms. Natural gas and renewables have both seen their percentage contribution to the grid grow over the same period.

According to a Breakthrough Institute study last September, natural gas and nuclear energy have prevented 54 billion tons of carbon dioxide emissions since 1950. To compare, the entire world emitted 35 billion tons of carbon dioxide in 2012.