Enviros push back against nukes in climate bill


But supporters of new nuclear plants say big, carbon-free baseload power plants will be vital to replacing fossil fuels. Exelon Corp. Chairman John Rowe recently called on the Senate to provide an additional $50 billion in federal loan guarantees for new plant construction. The utility has the largest nuclear power fleet in the country and backs enactment of a cap-and-trade plan to cut emissions.
 
Federal support for nuclear power is a pivotal issue in the climate fight on Capitol Hill. Sens. John KerryJohn Forbes KerryBringing the American election experience to Democratic Republic of the Congo Some Dems sizzle, others see their stock fall on road to 2020 The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (D-Mass.), Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamTop Louisiana health official rips Cassidy over ObamaCare repeal bill Senate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Overnight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions MORE (R-S.C.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) hope to cobble together a compromise emissions-capping bill that can attract 60 Senate votes, and nuclear power is part of their equation.