The Lad, an outspoken and outspoken nuclear power critic, is calling for Congress to pass a bill that would extend the life of the nation’s existing nuclear reactors.
He has become a major voice in the nuclear industry and has long argued that Congress should not renew the aging nuclear plants that power the nation.
A few months ago, the Los Angeles Times reported that Lad has been lobbying hard to persuade lawmakers to pass the Nuclear Energy Institute Act, a bipartisan bill that he said would “make the American nuclear industry even more reliable, secure and affordable for everyone.”
The Nuclear Energy Industry Institute Act would extend current reactors’ life by five years, reduce the need for new nuclear plants and increase the use of cheaper, more reliable fuel sources.
The bill would allow the Department of Energy to negotiate a new contract for the replacement of existing reactors and extend the existing plants’ lives for another 25 years.
Lad also believes that Congress shouldn’t renew the existing reactors, even if they have not been operating since the 1960s.
“There is a lot of people who have been pushing for it and it’s really important to have it,” Lad said.
“We have seen that they are not able to come up with a bipartisan solution, and they have a lot more problems to deal with than this bill,” Lad added.
Lad’s advocacy comes as Congress considers the annual nuclear fuel supply bill, which would increase the number of commercial reactors, which currently number less than 100.
The House Energy and Commerce Committee approved the bill in April and is expected to take it to the full House later this month.
In an interview with NBC News, Lad said that he does not believe Congress should pass the bill, and he believes that the administration should make a deal with Congress.
“I do not believe the administration is interested in extending the life [of the reactors],” Lad said, adding that the new reactors would be a more expensive alternative.
“If they are going to extend the lifetime of these reactors, they should be able to do it at a cost that makes sense to the American taxpayer and American workers.”
In a statement, the White House said Lad has made a “false claim” that the bill “is going to hurt American workers and create millions of jobs.”
The statement added, “The Administration is committed to keeping our nation safe from terrorist attacks.
This legislation would not add to that burden.”
Lad has said that the proposed legislation would cost the U.S. Treasury $1 trillion and “send a strong signal to other countries that it will not hesitate to attack our nuclear facilities.”
Lad said he will be filing a lawsuit against the Trump administration if the administration does not respond to his request for a settlement.
“The administration should not have the audacity to go around Congress and say that they will not make the nuclear plants more reliable or safer,” Lad continued.
“It’s a waste of taxpayers’ money, it’s a disaster for the American economy and it has an enormous impact on the health of our country.”
Lick, a Democrat who sits on the House Energy Committee, has also been a vocal critic of the administration’s nuclear strategy.
In a statement on Lad’s blog, he called on lawmakers to “move quickly to pass an extension to the existing nuclear power plants.”
“Lick’s concerns are reasonable, but he has a legitimate and legitimate right to raise them,” he said.
“I have never heard a single administration official say they are committed to continuing to produce nuclear power as the cheapest, safest and most reliable source of energy.
We must all act together to ensure that nuclear energy remains the most reliable, safest, and affordable energy source in our nation.”
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