Monday, September 21, 2009

Will Climate Change Legislation Promote Coal And Nuclear Power To Cut Down Foreign Oil Dependence?

Senators Joe Lieberman, Lindsay Graham and Lamar Alexander are pushing for a far larger role for nuclear power generation and new technology coal fired power plant construction as part of the climate change legislation now moving through Congress at a snail's pace. Alexander is promoting a provision which would call for construction of 100 new nuclear power plants by 2030.

Lieberman echoes Alexander's sentiments. "Without a nuclear title that's stronger than in the House climate change legislation, we're not going to be able to get enough votes to pass climate change." Lieberman, who changed party affiliation from Democrat to Independent last year after campaigning for President Obama, was stripped by his party of his seat on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, but he is still actively talking to committee members about developing a bill in the Senate.
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