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Recent Opinion Leaders Comment on the Benefits of Nuclear Energy

Elected Officials

Former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-Mass.) and Presidential Candidate
“We’re going to take full advantage of our oil, our coal, our natural gas, our nuclear, our renewables…  I know you’re particularly aware of nuclear as well and recognize America must have a reliable source of domestically produced uranium, enriched uranium. We need to make sure that Piketon has the most modern technology so that we can provide that source of security for our great country.”

“Romney highlights energy in southern Ohio”
October 13, 2012

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.)

“Temporarily lower energy prices driven by wind-power’s negative pricing will cripple clean-coal and nuclear-power companies. But running coal and nuclear out of business is not good for the U.S. economy. There is no way a country like this one—which uses 20 percent to 25 percent of all the electricity in the world—can operate with generators that turn only when the wind blows.”

“Puff, the Magic Drag on the Economy”
September 19, 2012

Former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-Mass.) and Presidential Candidate
“By 2020, North America will be energy independent by taking full advantage of our oil and coal and gas and nuclear and renewables.”

Remarks at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa Bay, Fla.
August 30, 2012

Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.)
“When you look at much of the industrialized world today, the technology and the safety record of nuclear energy is one that I think Hoosiers ought to be willing to look at, in addition to developing all of our traditional sources of energy and our renewable sources of energy.”

“Pence endorses nuclear power for Indiana”
August 30, 2012

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney
“This President believes we need to embrace all forms of domestic energy production, including oil, including natural gas, including nuclear energy–which, as you know, this administration has invested in for the first time in 30 years–including  renewables like wind and solar.”

White House Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney
August 23, 2012

Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.)
“Finding common sense solutions to our energy needs is an area where the federal government can play an important leadership role—one that transcends party lines. A renewed nuclear energy industry in this country means clean energy into the future and opportunities for American economic growth, with the potential to create thousands of good-paying American jobs.”

Statement on release of New Millennium Nuclear Energy Partnership report: Strategy for the Future of Nuclear Energy
June 28, 2012

S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley (R)
“Deployment of SMRs [small modular reactors] at SRS [Savannah River Site] would offer South Carolina a unique opportunity to become a leader in the next generation of nuclear reactor manufacturing.”

“Governor Nikki Haley Highlights Small Nuclear Reactor Technology Opportunities At SRS”
June 19, 2012

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon (D)
“Designing, developing and commercializing next-generation nuclear technology will create good jobs for Missourians, expand our global exports, and ensure that Missouri has affordable, abundant, safe and reliable power for generations to come.  Missouri offers Westinghouse an outstanding nuclear operator and workforce, world-class research universities, a strong foothold in the nuclear industry, and a central location to develop a worldwide manufacturing base. As Governor, I’m fully committed to working with Westinghouse, Ameren Missouri and all our electric energy providers to take advantage of this unprecedented opportunity.”

“Creating Jobs Through Energy Independence”
April 24, 2012

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)

“We worked for years to see these reactors approved and I’m very pleased this long-sought goal has finally been achieved. The construction of two new reactors will be an over $10 billion dollar project and represents one of the largest investments in South Carolina history. The renaissance in American nuclear energy has begun. And as long-time advocate for nuclear energy, I could not be more pleased to see South Carolina at the forefront to this revival.”

Statement on NRC approval of Summer 3 and 4 construction permit
March 30, 2012

Opinion Leaders

Mark J. Perry, University of Michigan economics professor
“If we hope to maintain the security of our energy supply, we will need to expand the use of other energy sources, including nuclear power, which is also environmentally attractive and affordable.”

“Natural gas and nuclear power need to share the lead in power generation for the future”
September 26, 2012

E.J. McMahon, Manhattan Institute senior fellow
“There’s no debating Indian Point’s role in meeting energy needs. The two reactors now generate 30 percent of the downstate region’s “baseload” electricity—the  minimum required on any given day for the needs of homes, businesses and public services, including the subway and rail transit systems.”

“McMahon: No cheap or easy way to replace Indian Point nuclear power plant”
September 19, 2012

Jim Rogers, Duke Energy CEO
“We need to work even harder toward a future of affordable, reliable and cleaner energy. That means we need to invest heavily in new zero-emission power sources, like new nuclear, wind and solar projects, as well as new technologies, like electric vehicles.”

Remarks at the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.
Sept. 6, 2012

Matt Bennett, Third Way senior vice president of public affairs
“When private sector and government leaders get together and agree on a path forward, policymakers notice. This report marks one of those too rare times in Washington where there is agreement on that path. While it’s no secret nuclear energy has struggled in the face of record-low natural gas prices and Fukushima, we still need it to provide a hedge against volatile fuel prices, reduce pollution, and maintain our global leadership on nuclear safety in markets like India and China. This report helps accomplish that.”

Statement on release of New Millennium Nuclear Energy Partnership report: Strategy for the Future of Nuclear Energy
June 28, 2012

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