Number two House Democrat opposes moratorium on new nuclear facilities
March 15th, 2011
02:42 PM ET
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Number two House Democrat opposes moratorium on new nuclear facilities

Washington (CNN) – The number two House Democrat, Steny Hoyer, whose Maryland district includes a nuclear power facility, told reporters Tuesday he doesn't support a moratorium on construction of any new nuclear facilities in the United States, a proposal some Democrats are pushing in the wake of the nuclear crisis in Japan.

"I don't agree on a moratorium if a moratorium means that we simply stop in place," Hoyer told reporters Tuesday.

"I've been and continue to be a proponent of nuclear power," Hoyer said.

Saying he believes all alternative sources of energy should be explored as the U.S. works on an energy policy, Hoyer added, "I believe nuclear needs to be a component part."

Hoyer pointed out that the Japanese nuclear plants withstood the earthquake itself, "but they didn't withstand the wall of water that overtook them."

While Hoyer doesn't support a moratorium, he did say the United States should make sure that existing nuclear facilities "are operating more safely." And for those nuclear power plants not yet built he suggested we could "learn any lessons that are available to us from this tragedy."


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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. NVa Native

    Nuclear power is not the answer to our energy problems, and neither is more oil, or fracking up our water supply, or mindless baboons chanting "drill baby (idiot) drill", and "clean" coal is just a baseless marketing slogan.

    March 15, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  2. diridi

    what!!! Moratorium.....listen, all the lights, and electricity is from Nuke Energy.....o.k, Can you light lantern instead of electric lights, burn coal instead of electric stoves, Just because it has happened in Japan, there is no proof that it should happen all over the world. If you fear you can not survive. Be sensible....do not be idiotic....o.k....We need safer environment for these facilities, other than that, no moratorium is need....think of it....just ignore these pests of lobby......they are just like bed bugs...o.k....

    March 15, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    He's 100% right. Anyone who says different, GOPer or Dem, is a demagogue moron pantwetter.

    March 15, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  4. Don't overreact like most democrats

    I agree. We don't need an Obama knee-jerk reaction to every real or fabricated 'crisis'. The Japanese disaster is far different from what we would face here. That said, we need to use our common sense.

    March 15, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  5. Bill from GA

    If nuclear energy was viable in a Capitalist society, wouldn't capitalists be willing to fund it. Without taxpayers investing? Without state governments (like the low-lifes running my state, Georgia) forcing rate-payers to take all of the risk, before the plants are started. (Many people now paying for the new plants in Georgia will have moved out of state, or died, before the plants are on line.)

    We often hear this argument when talking about new technologies like solar and wind energy, or high-speed rail.

    March 15, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  6. Bill from GA

    How can we ignore the long-term storage issue? We just don't care about the future generations. A sorry lot, the whole bunch of us. Greedy, inconsiderate, low-lifes. All of us.

    March 15, 2011 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  7. packerfan

    I think I finally agree with him on something.

    March 15, 2011 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  8. DemoCommunists for a Better Way - Bankruptcy

    If the Democrats have their way this country will be turned back to the horse and buggy days. Ooops, horse poop could be an environmental danger, so make that the bicycle days. Remember Obama's promise to make electricity prices sky rocket? Well, if you shut down oil exploration, shit down coal mines and now stop nuclear plants, what does that leave you with? Yes, HIGHER OIL USE AND DEMAND AND PRICES!

    March 15, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  9. JeremyNABQ

    Carry on Steny. Panic has never solved any problem, present or potential, real or imagined.

    March 15, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  10. Bill from GA

    Long term costs of Nuke Energy is a total unknown. How much will it cost to decommission a nuclear power plant? Who is going to pay the cost of protecting spent fuel? Experts could raise many more long-term costs, but who's listening to experts these days

    America's answer: Not My Problem!

    As the Great American Philosopher, Pogo, said: "We have met the enemy and it is us".

    March 15, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  11. Bill from GA

    Georgia Power Company (owned by the Southern Company) has the attitude concerning Nuke Power, "Ya'll take the risk, we'll take the profits". Good 'ol Modern American Capitalist!

    March 15, 2011 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  12. Bill from GA

    In Georgia, a bill to pay for our new Nuke Plant, sponsored by State Senator Don Balfour (R-Snellville), exempted large commercial users from the rate increase to start funding (as of earlier this year) before construction of the plant has begun. The burden will fall on small businesses and residential customers. Gotta love those repugs. If Nuke Energy is viable, why won't Big Business take the risk??

    Even worse, costs include a guaranteed profit of about one billion dollars for our power company. And the federal government guarantees this, as a means to restart the industry.

    March 15, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |