Alexander Calls For Realistic Approach To Climate Change

Says President Has Neglected The Low-Cost Solution, Nuclear Power

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Senator Lamar Alexander Wednesday made the following remarks on the floor of the U.S. Senate:

“I’m still shaking my head a little bit in disbelief at the President’s speech yesterday at the climate change summit in New York. Here we had 100 leaders from around the world in our country to talk about climate change, and the President said what he has said before, which is that we need to stop putting so much carbon in the air because carbon is the principal greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change, in the opinion of most scientists.

But the President did not even mention the one way we have to create a lot of low-cost electricity without putting any carbon in the air, and that is nuclear power.”

“Now, the President did boast of how the United States is committed to building windmills and solar panels. In fact, his administration wants to provide 20 percent of your electricity from wind turbines. And these aren’t your grandma’s windmills. These are the giant 50-story wind turbines that they want to string along the Appalachian mountain-tops from the Smoky Mountains and along the coastlines, which require transmission lines through your back yard. That’s the plan . . . Today wind turbines and solar panels produce about 5 percent of America’s carbon-free electricity. Nuclear power produces 70 percent of our carbon-free electricity. So why not expand nuclear power?”

“China is planning 132 new nuclear plants and we are constructing zero. We haven’t licensed a new plant in 30 years. So how can we lecture China about carbon if they’re planning to build 132 nuclear power plants, which would be enough to produce one-fourth of all the electricity the United States uses?

“I hope that, as we proceed after health care to our debate on energy and climate change, we’ll take a more realistic approach. I’m one of those senators who believes climate change is a problem. I believe humans are contributing to it. It think it’s time for us to stop emitting so much carbon into the air, but I’d like for us to do that in a low-cost, sensible way that permits us to keep jobs in this country and not in a high-cost way that causes us to drive American companies overseas looking for cheap energy. Every single Republican senator has endorsed an energy plan that entails: one, 100 nuclear plants in 20 years; two, electrifying our cars and trucks in 30 years; three, offshore exploration for natural gas, which is low-carbon, and oil; and four, doubling research and development for alternative energies and to find ways to make solar cost competitive and a way to recapture carbon from coal plants.”

Senator Alexander is a member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.



Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: BELL, CHARLIE TYRONE  2113 BENNETT AVE CHATTANOOGA, 374044424  Age at Arrest: 34 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY OBSTRUCTING HIGHWAY OR OTHER PASSAGEWAY --- BIRT, LASHANDRA RENEE  2812 MORGAN AVENUE CHATTANOOGA, 37407  Age at Arrest: 32 years old ... (click for more)

Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: ALVAREZ, MARCELINO P  207 LAWS AVE #A CHATTANOOGA, 37411  Age at Arrest: 45 years old Arresting Agency: Tenn Highway Patrol DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE --- ARNOLD, DERRICK  5191 CENTRAL AVE CHATTANOOGA, 37401  Age at Arrest: 27 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga DRIVING ON ... (click for more)

Teachers Have Good Compensation Compared To Other Taxpayers - And Response

Hamilton County experienced a property tax increase of about 10.7 percent in 2017. By law the reappraisal of property shall not increase tax revenue. So after the reappraisal the state certified millage rate for Hamilton County was 2.4976 per hundred dollars assessed value. The county commission voted to raise the millage rate to 2.7652 per hundred. That's about a 10.7 percent increase ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Saturday Funnies

All of us who marvel at the sound of bagpipes at a funeral realize the majesty that people like piper Scottie Maclellan can lend to any “homecoming” and for years there has been a wonderful tale out of Nova Scotia that leads this week’s parade of The  Saturday  Funnies. Mind you, I do not write these stories, as many who have followed man’s laughter down through the ... (click for more)

Moc Golfers Lead SoCon Championships

The Chattanooga Mocs have the early lead at the Southern Conference Men’s Golf Championships. The Mocs turned in 290 over their opening 18 holes at Pinehurst No. 9. Will Porter led the consistent effort with a 2-under 70. Andrew Weathers and Etienne Brault shot 73s with Lake Johnson’s 74 rounding out the team score. Luke Long had the drop score of 76.  “It was a good, ... (click for more)

Mocs Softball Drops 4-0 Decision At UNCG

 A timely miscue on defense and 11 runners left on base from the Chattanooga Mocs softball team's offense resulted in a 4-0 loss to UNCG during the series finale in Greensboro on Sunday afternoon.   Following the loss, the Mocs fall to 23-24 overall and 7-6 in Southern Conference action. UNCG improves to 38-9 overall and continues to lead the SoCon with an 11-2 record. ... (click for more)