Yesterday, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told an audience that an amendment promoting nuclear power would be included in the cap-and-trade carbon bill.
The amendment would also create a DOE Clean Energy Deployment Administration, which would provide financing to “a wide range” of energy technologies, including nuclear projects. The administration’s members would be appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate. Hoyer said the provision has “broad support among Democrats of many different political views and from many different regions.” . . .
Hoyer said nuclear power has a part in meeting American’s nuclear energy needs and he would continue to advocate “a policy of balance.”
Hoyer also floated the idea of a national commission to study spent nuclear fuel. We’re glad this conversation is happening again at the top levels of government, and hopeful that our pioneering work on spent fuel recycling will be a part of this discussion on the future of nuclear energy in the US.
For more on CO2 emissions, see our post on March 12, 2009, “Carbon is the Enemy.”