May 7, 2014
Nuclear Matters announced that former Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) has joined the Leadership Council of the bipartisan campaign to preserve the United States’ existing nuclear energy plants because of the many benefits they provide.
Senator Lincoln brings extensive legislative experience – including time as a senior member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources – and a reputation as a centrist politician focused on working across party lines to achieve results to Nuclear Matters. As part of Nuclear Matters, Senator Lincoln will work to focus both policymakers and the public’s attention on how to solve for the economic threats that endanger the continued operation of some of America’s existing nuclear energy plants.
Nuclear Matters, led by co-chairs and former Senators Evan Bayh (D-IN) and Judd Gregg (R-NH), is engaging the public and policymakers in conversations focused on the value of America’s existing nuclear energy plants, given their large role in carbon-free energy production, their reliability, and their economic benefits.
“During my time in the Senate – especially as a member of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee – I pushed for bipartisan legislation to improve energy efficiency and bolster our domestic energy supplies, including from nuclear energy sources,” said Senator Lincoln. “In joining Nuclear Matters, I look forward to engaging in discussions with policymakers from both sides of the aisle in a similar fashion to ensure that our existing nuclear energy plants are preserved.”
“I witnessed Senator Lincoln’s commitment to policies designed to protect our country’s energy supply firsthand while working alongside her in the Senate and on the Energy Committee, and am pleased to welcome her to Nuclear Matters,” said Senator Bayh.
“Senator Lincoln will bring her strong experience and a fresh perspective to bear in continuing the discussion about how best to preserve the many benefits that our existing nuclear energy plants provide,” added Senator Gregg. “I am honored to work alongside her again in this effort,” he continued.
Senator Lincoln joins former Secretary of Energy and U.S. Senator Spencer Abraham, former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator and Director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy Carol Browner, and former Secretary of Commerce and White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley on the Leadership Council of Nuclear Matters.
America’s existing nuclear energy plants are critical assets in our nation’s energy supply, given their reliability, their low-carbon emission production, and their positive economic impact in communities across the country. The goal of Nuclear Matters is to protect these benefits for future generations. To learn more or join in the efforts of Nuclear Matters, please visit www.NuclearMatters.com.
About Nuclear Matters
The mission of Nuclear Matters is to inform the public about the clear benefits that nuclear energy provides to our nation, raise awareness of the economic challenges to nuclear energy that threaten those benefits, and to work with stakeholders to explore possible policy solutions that properly value nuclear energy as a reliable, affordable and carbon-free electricity resource that is essential to America’s energy future.
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