“I have stated and believe that nuclear power will be part of our energy... going forward because it is carbon free and because it is baseload. Given the fact that ...nuclear power is 70% of our carbon free electricity generation – that cannot be denied.”
Dr. Steven Chu, during confirmation hearing, January 8, 2009
“The Speaker recognizes that nuclear power will continue to be part of our nation’s energy mix. She looks forward to working with Leader Hoyer and other Democratic leaders as well as the committee chairs to craft a consensus energy package."
Spokesperson for Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives, in response to Sen. Hoyer's statement on May 19, 2009
"I want to applaud your commitment to clean air, to lower emissions, and to the nuclear technology that will help get us there. My message to you is a simple one: nuclear energy is part of the solution."
House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD)
May 19, 2009, Washington, DC at the 2009 Nuclear Energy Assembly
"We should have safe nuclear power...and we're going to include that in the equation."
"I feel confident it will move forward.... We want them to move this as quickly as they can consistent wtih community safety issues."
Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md)
top quote: St. Mary's College, St. Mary's County
bottom quote: Interview with The County Times, referring to Calvert Cliffs potential third reactor.
Sept. 5, 2008
“We support this resoulution for the reasons stated, including the significant regional, state, national and international impact that approval of this project would have, by increasing domestic energy production and decreasing America's dependence on imported oil, addressing Maryland's energy needs in the 21st century, and enhancing the effectiveness of environmental strategies to reduce the consumption of fossil fuels and reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contibute to global warming.”
Gary V. Hodge
Chairman, Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland
Public Letter to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission
December 18, 2007
“It is a huge moral challenge and it is a moral imperative given what massive new burning of coal will do to the planet if we don't develop better and cleaner technology, including safer and cleaner nuclear, which is what is … planned and talked about in terms of the third reactor [at Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant].”
Gov. Martin O’Malley (D-Md.)
As quoted in “It Is a Moral Imperative”
The Washington Post
May 2, 2008
“The technology has changed, and I bring a more open mind to that subject now. I have a different view on nuclear than I did 20 years ago. I would not … be an active opponent. I think it has to be on the table.”
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Cal.)
Speaker of the House, U.S. House of Representatives
Science and Technology Committee Hearing
February 8, 2008
"There's no question that nuclear is going to be part of the solution. …But let me say under any scenario we are going to see more nuclear pour power because it's going to be more cost effective once there is a price on carbon and that's why we need a global warming bill."
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Cal.)
Chair, U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee
MSNBC, Morning Joe
June 11, 2008
“A more diverse mix of voices are taking a positive second look at nuclear energy—environmentalists, scientists, the media, prominent Republicans and Democrats and progressive think tanks. They are all coming to a similar conclusion: If we are to meet the growing electricity needs in this country and also address global climate change, nuclear energy has a crucial role to play.”
Dr. Patrick Moore
Co-chair, Clean and Safe Energy Coalition
Kiplinger’s Business Resource Center