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  • Inhofe’s Road to Clean, Affordable Energy

    U.S. Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) has been among the most effective opposition voices against cap-and-trade global warming legislation in recent years, and his rebuttal to Al Gore’s global warming assertions are spot on. Yet, the Senator from Oklahoma is an advocate for a clean environment. It just so happens that he recognizes that nuclear energy is the best way to provide American’s with affordable, emissions-free electricity.

    And that was the subject of a speech that the Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee delivered on the floor of the United States Senate yesterday. While hearing global warming skepticism on Capitol Hill is unusual enough, Senator Inhofe took his independent voice a step further by giving an entire speech on nuclear energy (or energy policy in general) without advocating corporate handouts, subsidies, or mandates. Senator Inhofe instead chose to focus on the benefits of nuclear and how the nation might better address some of the regulatory hurdles that unnecessarily raise costs and give rise to the need for subsidies to begin with.

    Inhofe said,

    I firmly believe that proper planning, detailed schedules, and Commission engagement will foster more thorough, consistent, organized, and efficient efforts to issue new plant licenses. I take my oversight role as Ranking Member on EPW very seriously and will work to ensure that the NRC continues to build on the improvements that have been made since I initiated oversight back in 1997. I intend to increase my focus on this and other licensing issues, including monthly progress reports on licensing activity and regular meetings with Chairman Jaczko.

    I will also ask the GAO to examine how well the NRC is meeting previously stated scheduling goals and hearing milestones, whether lessons learned on early applications have resulted in time savings on later ones, and whether the Commission is adequately supervising the licensing process. My hope is to see the NRC issue the first new license before the end of 2011, and eight more before 2013. Given construction estimates of four to five years, the first two reactors could be operational in 2016, with 14 more potentially operational by 2018. Sixteen new reactors will be a good start toward rejuvenating an industry that has been stagnant for the last 30 years. I also firmly believe these reactors can revitalize our economy and meet our growing demand for energy.”

    Inhofe’s full speech can be found here.

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    8 Responses to Inhofe’s Road to Clean, Affordable Energy

    1. Whicket Williams Kin says:

      I Hope we can get these plants online. And More. I do not understand why Obama is telling the world{iran} to build nukes, but is not doing everything in his power to get more plants in this country as soon as possible. seems strangly inconsistant.

    2. Mr. Lee Ruiz, Long L says:

      Greetings from Minnesota, where due to Global Warming or Climate Change we had a frost warning on June 2nd!

      I am in favor of Nuclear Energy and cannot see where windmills and solar energy can replace our current energy requirements. What I am fearfull of, however, is Obama'a previous statements (paraphrased),"We can no longer keep our homes at 72 degrees." "We need a smart grid", which implies central control of electical energy, based upon supposed attacks on the system. "We need an Internet Czar for security." This may mean control of the Internet and Communication. I do not trust this man, where everything is a crisis and needs a Czar.

      Lee Ruiz

      Long Lake, Minneasota

    3. Mike, Winston-Salem says:

      Thank you, Thank you, Senator Inhofe!

    4. Pingback: » Financial News Update - 06/04/09 NoisyRoom.net: “Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. Moderation in the face of tyranny is no virtue.” Barry Goldwater

    5. MAS1916 - Denver, CO says:

      Nuclear energy is okay everywhere else! Why not in the United States?

      We won't heat many homes with wind generators.

    6. Concerned, Raleigh says:

      Nuclear Energy would be great. This could be a win-win. The current admin could grow Gov. for nation security purposes. Oops, they 'probably' do not want to grow THAT part of the government…never mind.

      Seriously, Nuclear Energy is an extremely viable option.

    7. Monica from ACCCE says:

      Coal should be part of the conversation, too. On our Factuality Tour, we’ve been traveling around the country talking to the people who are behind the production of cleaner electricity from coal.

      Currently, there are more than 300 clean coal research projects underway around the country – many of which are devoted to carbon capture and storage. In fact, we visited the Tenaska Energy headquarters in Omaha, Neb., where they’re working on two new facilities that capture and store carbon dioxide.

      Check out our site if you can: http://sn.im/factuality.

    8. Barb -mn says:

      Thank you Mr. Inholfe:

      In the mean time of establishing Nuclear power plants we need to drill. It is so double standard to import the same of what we can do for ourselves and w/out using government fraud of man-made energies causing global warming by exporting as is by importing, during this government fraud of man-made global warming.

      Don't you just love it when mother nature SLAPS arrogance in the face?

      Seems she's been doing it since al gore won the nobel prize and over the personal actions of a woman who actually deserves it under the meaning of the title.

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