Monday, March 15, 2021

House Republicans Pitch Nuclear and Natural Gas as Cleaner Energy Future

House Republicans, on Monday, touted a Plan they're pitching as a way to Secure "Cleaner American Energy", highlighting Existing Legislation that seeks to Advance the use of Nuclear and Natural Gas.

Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA, 5th District), Fred Upton (R-MI, 6th District), and David McKinley (R-WV, 1st District), said in a Joint Statement that their Plan will "help modernize our infrastructure and ensure America continues to lead the world in reducing emissions - while keeping the lights on and energy costs low."

"Rather than Green New Deal-style regulations and job-crushing actions like canceling the Keystone XL pipeline, we urge Democrats to join us in a bipartisan way to advance these real, workable solutions. Our plan is a much better agenda to protect the environment, jobs, and our national security than their unworkable pie-in-the-sky mandates," they said, taking a Shot at Democrats.

The Republican Legislation, which does Not incorporate Measures promoting Wind and Solar Energy, stands in Contrast to Proposals for a "Clean Energy Future" that seek to Transition away from Fossil Fuels.

On Nuclear, the Legislation Incorporated in the Plan includes Measures seeking to: establish a Uranium Reserve; Speed-Up Nuclear Power Plant Permits; and Reactor Environmental Reviews.

Many of the Provisions pitched as boosting Natural Gas, including those seeking to make it easier for Permitting Cross-Border Pipelines and Prohibiting a Ban on a controversial Extraction Method called Fracking, could also Boost the Oil Industry.

Other Measures in the Bill would seek to Reduce Methane Emissions from Flaring and Venting Natural Gas, in which Gas is Released or Burned-Off, during Oil and Gas Production and Authorize the Construction and Operation of the Keystone XL Pipeline, which would Import Tar-Sand Oil from Canada.

It also includes a Provision seeking to Advance the use of Hydropower.

Altogether, the Package would face an Uphill Battle in the Democratic-led House and Senate.

The Democrats' earlier Proposal, called the CLEAN Future Act, seeks to set a Standard requiring Electricity to come from Clean Sources by 2035, Increase the Deployment of Electric Vehicles and set Energy Efficiency Targets for Buildings. This will require a Masive Re-Training of Fossil Fuel Workers into the Clean Energy Jobs.

Natural Gas has a Lower Carbon Intensity than other Fossil Fuels such as Oil and Coal, and Democrats have been Divided on whether to consider it a "Bridge Fuel" in the Transition to Clean Energy. Nuclear also Divides Democrats, as it does Not have Carbon Emissions but does have Waste that can require Storage.

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