Nuclear power is expected to be one of the eligible energy sources for a national clean energy mandate sought by the White House as part of its infrastructure plan, the presidential climate adviser told reporters Gina McCarthy.
McCarthy’s remarks on Thursday came amid concerns about the carbon-free fuel source from progressives and some environmentalists who have qualms about radioactive waste and mining uranium for reactor fuel.
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The inclusion of nuclear in the so-called Clean Energy Standard, which requires the production of clean energy, could be a boon for companies, including NuScale Power LLC, TerraPower LLC, Westinghouse Electric Co., General Electric Co. and Exelon Corp.
“CES is going to be pretty robust and it will be inclusive,” McCarthy said on the call, adding that carbon capture, which has also drawn the ire of some green groups, will also be included in the emerging energy proposal. .
The White House wants the clean energy requirement, which was included in the President Joe Biden unveiled a $ 2.25 trillion infrastructure plan on Wednesday, which will be passed as part of any bill that emerges as a vehicle in Congress, McCarthy said.
But some analysts have questioned whether such a proposal would be allowed as part of the budget reconciliation process that allows certain tax and spending laws to be passed on a simple majority vote, which is how Democrats should attempt to. pass the bill on infrastructure.
Biden’s plan calls for massive investments in electric vehicles, renewables and the power grid as part of a broad plan to support the U.S. economy while fighting climate change.
“This plan is exciting, it’s big, it’s bold, it responds instantly,” McCarthy said separately in an interview on Bloomberg Radio’s “Sound On” Thursday. “He recognizes that climate change is a problem.”
– With the help of Kevin Cirilli