From The New York Times, “House Republicans Draft Energy Bill With Heavy Focus on Nuclear Power“:
The Republican proposal, drafted by a group led by Representative Mike Pence of Indiana, leans heavily on nuclear power, setting a goal of building 100 reactors over the next 20 years. No new nuclear plants have been ordered in the United States since 1978 because of the high cost of construction and uncertainty about regulatory approval.
The bill also provides incentives for increased oil and gas production on public and private lands and offshore.
The emphasis on nuclear power is certainly key, but the American Energy Act in fact embraces a comprehensive approach arguing for the use of all the sources of energy available to us, as well as conservation.
Reps. Mike Pence, John Shimkus and Fred Upton describe the plan in a Wall Street Journal op-ed, “The GOP’s Energy Alternative.” Rep. Pence of Indiana also appeared on the “Morning Joe” program to discuss the plan. (Transcript and video.)
From the House GOP caucus:
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