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.


Former Meigs County Official Connie Allen Indicted On Theft Charge

An investigation by special agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has resulted in the arrest of a former Meigs County interim finance director on theft charges. At the request of 9 th  District Attorney General Russell Johnson, TBI special agents began investigating Connie Allen on Nov. 24, 2014. TBI agents worked in conjunction with the Tennessee Comptroller ... (click for more)

Corker Expects Senate Will Pass Legislation Giving Congress Ability To Weigh In On Any Final Nuclear Deal With Iran

Appearing on CNN’s “Wolf” on Friday, Senator Bob Corker said he expects the Senate to pass his legislation requiring congressional review of any comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran before the president can waive or suspend sanctions imposed by Congress on Iran. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will vote on the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 on  April ... (click for more)

Finley Stadium Needs To Grow Up - And Response

RE:  Finley Stadium Financial Picture Rosy; Beer And Alcohol Sales Approved; AstroTurf Almost Ready and City, County Pitching In $250,000 Each For New Finley Stadium AstroTurf I read a story here five days ago about a rosy future for Finley stadium. It lead me to believe that the stadium was making money and even improvements with donations.  Then we get a short ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Hillman Of Bihar

In the year of our Lord, 1927, there was a very poor child born to a very poor family in a very poor place. His name was Dasrath Manjhi and he was a native of the Musahar community somewhere in India. We know he had no education and, as a member of the lowest Hindu scheduled castes, he didn’t have a cut dog’s chance from the very get go. But after spending considerable time in ... (click for more)

Grissom Comes Out Swinging, Silverdale Falls Hard, 18-2

(Story will be updated) Grissom played power baseball Friday afternoon and Silverdale left the ballpark battered and bruised. The Tigers, out of Huntsville, Ala., pounded out 15 hits, including five for extra bases, scored seven runs in the second inning and a season-high nine in the third and shellacked the Seahawks, 18-2, in the Pounder Classic. On Thursday, coach ... (click for more)

Tennessee Fires Basketball Coach Donnie Tyndall

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.  – Tennessee has fired men’s basketball coach Donnie Tyndall. The decision was made based on information the university received during the NCAA's investigation of another institution. The university concluded that Tyndall will likely be held responsible for serious violations of NCAA rules that occurred during his tenure as head men's basketball ... (click for more)