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Nuclear Power in a Warming World: Solution or Illusion?

On March 12, 2008, Chairman Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming will hold a hearing at 9:30 AM. in a 311 Cannon House Office Building entitled “Nuclear Power in a Warming World: Solution or Illusion?” This hearing will explore the degree to which nuclear power could provide a solution for addressing climate change.

The contemplated future role of nuclear power in reducing global greenhouse gas emissions will clearly require a monumental capital investment, many years if not decades of planning and construction, extensive international coordination, and substantial assumption of risk by the general public and by investors. This hearing will examine the feasibility of achieving such a nuclear expansion, the costs and benefits of this nuclear path, and whether nuclear power can play a leading role in solving the climate challenge.

WHAT: Select Committee hearing: “Nuclear Power in a Warming World: Solution or Illusion?”

WHEN: 9:30 AM ET, Wednesday, March 12

WHERE: Cannon House Office Building, Room 311, Washington, DC

OPENING STATEMENT:   Edward J. Markey, Chairman of the Select Committee


  • Amory Lovins, Cofounder, Chairman, and Chief Scientist of the Rocky Mountain Institute
  • Sharon Squassoni, Senior Associate in the Nonproliferation Program of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
  • David Lochbaum, Director of the Nuclear Safety Project for the Union of Concerned ScientistsAlex Flint, Senior Vice President of Governmental Affairs, Nuclear Energy Institute
  • Alex Flint, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, Nuclear Energy Institute



Full video archive of hearing.


Sharon Squassoni presentation



Amory Lovins opening statement



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Amory Lovins and Chairman Markey

Flint, Squassoni, Lochbaum and Lovins

Sharon Squassoni

Rep. John Hall

Alex Flint

David Lochbaum

Chairman Markey opens the hearing 

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