Manchester, NH – Representative Keith Ammon (R- New Boston) released the following statement after the House passed HB 543, establishing a commission to study nuclear power and nuclear reactor technology in New Hampshire by a voice vote.
“Eliminating carbon emissions from electricity generation is an urgent goal to mitigate the threat of climate change. Energy production using wind and solar sources are still a small fraction of energy production. Wind and solar are carbon-neutral but are very low in energy density and function intermittently. Nuclear power is currently the largest source of carbon-free energy in the US, supplying 20 percent of electricity nationally.”
“If we are going to get serious about climate change then we need to move on from Cold War era sentiments on nuclear energy. The state of nuclear reactor technology has advanced significantly in the last few decades, and a new generation of technologies appear to be safer and more reliable than older generation systems designed in the last century. Let’s follow the science and embrace this opportunity to expand carbon-free electricity in a safe, reliable manner.”