Duncan Highlights the Importance of Reliable Energy and Advancing Nuclear Energy Technology in Committee Hearing

May 19, 2021
Press Release


Washington, D.C.  – Today, Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03) provided comments and questioned Biden Administration official, the U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Hon. Jennifer M. Granholm, in the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Energy Subcommittee hearing on the fiscal year 2022 DOE Budget and priorities.

“The Subcommittee on Energy held a hearing today on the Department of Energy fiscal year 2022 budget and the importance of reliable energy. I took the opportunity to stress how important it was to utilize and improve existing technologies and sources.

“We have an abundance of natural gas in this country and an abundance of fossil fuels. In fact, in 2017, we became a net exporter of energy, but the Biden Administration’s energy agenda is undercutting this progress. We can refine and export natural gas to countries worldwide and improve the quality of life for so many people. While we are not able to export renewable energy due to the lack of transmission capabilities, we can ship the oil and gas that are produced and refined here in the United States.

“I was pleased to hear the Secretary’s support for nuclear power and its essential role in meeting emission reduction goals, as well as meeting the 24/7/365 baseload power supply that our nation needs to drive our economy. I was also encouraged by the Secretary’s support for advanced nuclear technology and research. To that point, I do have concerns that other countries are surpassing the United States in nuclear technology. Globally, two-thirds of all nuclear reactors under construction use Chinese and Russian designs. To maintain our competitiveness in the global nuclear arena, we must continue to pursue advanced reactor development.”

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For Congressman Duncan's full remarks and questions, click HERE.