"Boxer (D-CA) smacks down Crapo (R-ID), Carper (D-DE) says nuclear (which he supports) is “not cheap” and “the cleanest most affordable energy, is the energy we never use.”"
Sen. Lautenberg (D-NJ), I believe, pointed out that the GOP members are all about “no, no, no.”
Sen. Crapo (R-ID) responded by saying that when the Republicans were in charge, they tried to pass energy bills and accused the Dems of being against them.
But Sen. Boxer (D-CA) pointed out that in fact the Senate passed energy bills in 2005, 2006, and 2007, so she hopes (fruitlessly, I’m afraid) that the R’s will work together with the D’s on this bill, as the D’s did the R’s.
Sen. Carper (D-DE) is a believer in climate action and all forms low carbon energy, as his remarks made clear. In particular he gets energy efficiency, noting “the cleanest most affordable energy, is the energy we never use.”
I agree on the importance of nuclear power, but it’s NOT cheap.”
But while he understands that nuclear is “not cheap,” I’m sure he will be among those pushing for a nuclear title in the final bill, as he did in the stimulus (see “Can Obama stop the nuclear bomb in the Senate stimulus plan?“