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 KerryLobbying world Kerry: Trump not pursuing 'smart' or 'clever' plan on North Korea Tillerson will not send high-ranking delegation to India with Ivanka Trump: report MORE (D-Mass.), Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGOP and Dems bitterly divided by immigration We are running out of time to protect Dreamers US trade deficit rises on record imports from China 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.