Nuclear energy bill passed by Senate is “waste of resources”

Environmental and public interest advocates urge support for cleaner, safer, less costly renewable energy

The United States Senate passed legislation on Tuesday that includes provisions to expand the development and deployment of nuclear energy.  The policy has already passed the U.S. House and will become law if signed by the president. 

“American consumers have better energy options than nuclear power, said Isaac Bowers, federal legislative director of PIRG.

Per dollar of investment, clean energy solutions – such as energy efficiency and renewable resources – deliver far more energy than nuclear power. As of January 2024, utility-scale solar’s capacity eclipsed that of nuclear power generation in the United States.

“It’s disappointing that the Senate chose to promote nuclear power when America is flush with energy options that are better for people and the planet,” said Johanna Neumann, senior director of Environment America’s Campaign for 100% Renewable Energy. “Nuclear is, at best, a waste of resources. At worst, it’s a melt-down.”


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