February 7, 2019
Our nation’s ability to power our way of life without carbon emissions is now at the top of lawmakers’ minds on Capitol Hill. A new momentum is pulsing through the District as Congress held several hearings and proposed a new resolution this week on the threat of climate change and the best way for our energy system to respond.
Early this morning, “The Green New Deal,” a resolution introduced by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), proposed a framework for “meeting 100 percent of the power demand in the United States through clean, renewable and zero-emission energy sources.”
“I think we already know what we have to do: a mix of nuclear, solar, wind, hydro and perhaps biofuels,” said Rep. Darren Soto (D-Fla.) at a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing on climate change on Feb. 6.
America’s 98 nuclear reactors generate 20 percent of the nation’s electricity, all without carbon emissions. In fact, more than 56 percent of all carbon-free electricity is generated by nuclear, more than all other clean energy sources combined.
“[I]f we are serious about climate change, we need to get serious about the role of nuclear power,” said Rep. Bill Flores (R-Texas) in the House hearing.
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