CCF Chair Heather Reams and Members of Congress Tour Largest Nuclear Facility in the U.S.

AUGUSTA, Ga.Conservative Climate Foundation (CCF) Chair Heather Reams joined Conservative Climate Caucus (CCC) Chair Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-Iowa) and Reps. Rick W. Allen (R-Ga.), Blake Moore (R-Utah) and Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) on Friday for an CCF event in Augusta, Georgia, showcasing the importance of nuclear power for an all-of-the-above energy portfolio. Friday’s programming included a panel discussion on nuclear energy and a tour of the Alvin W. Vogtle Electric Generating Plant — the largest nuclear power plant and generator of clean energy in the nation as of last week. 

“Utilizing nuclear energy is integral in an all-of-the-above energy approach,” said CCF Chair Heather Reams. “Nuclear energy is a reliable, low cost, carbon free and zero-emissions energy source — and it’s clear that achieving a cleaner energy future and reducing global emissions requires the power of nuclear technology. Thank you to Rep. Rick W. Allen for welcoming us to Georgia’s twelfth district and showing us firsthand the benefits of nuclear energy; and thank you to CCC Chair Mariannette Miller-Meeks and CCC members Rep. Blake Moore and Rep. Jeff Duncan for continuing to be critical advocates for affordable, reliable and clean American-made nuclear energy.” 

“With rising energy demand and competition from China, an any-of-the-above approach is needed to produce cleaner energy that is affordable and reliable,” said CCC Chair Mariannette Miller-Meeks. “If you are serious about emissions reduction, nuclear energy expansion must be part of the conversation. Plant Vogtle is a pioneer in this field, and I thank the Conservative Climate Foundation for organizing this important panel with Reps. Rick Allen and Blake Moore and industry leaders. As Chair of the Conservative Climate Caucus, I will continue to advocate for reducing emissions, not choices.” 

“It was my honor to welcome Congresswoman Miller-Meeks, Congressman Moore, Congressman Duncan, and industry leaders to Georgia’s 12th District to tour Plant Vogtle and discuss the benefits of nuclear energy expansion in the United States,” said Rep. Rick W. Allen. “With nuclear unit 4 recently entering commercial operation, Plant Vogtle is now the largest nuclear power station in the country—meeting the energy needs of more than one million homes and businesses. I am proud that Georgia’s 12th District is leading the way in America’s nuclear future and that the rest of the country is taking notice of this historic accomplishment.” 

“Clean, reliable, and affordable energy is paramount to our nation’s ability to thrive, and it is important that we produce as much of this energy as possible domestically rather than relying on foreign sources” said Rep. Blake Moore. “Nuclear power is a critical aspect of our all-of-the-above energy approach as it provides clean and dependable energy, creates great jobs, and supports local economies. I was grateful to join my colleagues to discuss the positive impacts of nuclear energy, the need to increase nuclear energy production in the United States, and the energy permitting reforms that must be made so we can remain the top producer of nuclear energy in the world.” 

“Southern Company has made exceptional strides forward in providing affordable, reliable and clean energy that is available 24/7/365,” said Rep. Jeff Duncan. “Vogtle Unit 4 is a flagship of America’s nuclear energy renaissance. I am proud of my work in Congress leading the Subcommittee on Energy, Climate, and Grid Security on legislation that makes sense for the regulation of nuclear power in today’s world, while ensuring timely licensing and deployment of new technologies.” 

The panel, “Navigating the Nuclear Frontier,” was moderated by Reams and provided Members of Congress and industry and policy experts an opportunity to discuss the importance of nuclear power in reducing emissions and providing Americans with affordable, reliable and clean energy. Also included on the panel were Lauren Lathem of Southern Co., David Brown of Constellation and John Jacobs of the Bipartisan Policy Center. 

Founded in 2021, the Conservative Climate Caucus boasts over 80 Republican Members of Congress who have made significant progress in conservative engagement on climate issues.  

In addition to her role as chair of CCF, Heather serves as president of CRES and CRES Forum. CCF is a non-profit organization founded in 2021 to support members of Congress and their staff, as well as the conservative climate community. In particular, CCF is proud to support the many conservatives working on climate issues as part of the Conservative Climate Caucus. Click HERE to learn more about CCF. 

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