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Expanding Access to Sustainable Energy Act of 2019

Floor Speech

Date: Sept. 23, 2020
Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. DUNCAN. Madam Speaker, I want to thank the former chairman for yielding me the time today.

I rise in opposition to H.R. 4447, the Democrat's so-called energy package. This bill promotes a radical Green New Deal policy that would cost Americans more than $135 billion. Meanwhile, the bill provides no regulatory or permanent reforms.

If Democrats were serious about reducing emissions, they would focus on getting clean technologies, like nuclear energy, to market quicker.

I offered an amendment last night, but it was rejected by the Rules Committee which would facilitate efficient environmental reviews for nuclear reactor licensing. Its goal was to accelerate the deployment of nuclear reactors which generate zero emissions during electricity generation, if that is your goal, zero emissions. Unfortunately, Democrats would rather weaponize our permitting laws for political motives.

If we eliminate natural gas, or nuclear, in power generation and transition to 100 percent renewables, which H.R. 4447 seeks to do, the cost to national security would be detrimental. The United States would shift from being an energy-dominant country to being energy dependent at a cost to energy consumers because lower income Americans in this deal would pay more as a percentage of their disposable income than others.

It would be costly to the environment and our own security self- interest. I don't understand why my amendments aren't made part of this package other than the politics.

I urge my colleagues to vote ``no'' on H.R. 4447.

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