U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said today that the Senate should adopt a cheap, clean-energy policy instead of considering proposals that would raise the cost of energy and, as a result, send jobs overseas.
“Some in this debate have overlooked the importance of cheap energy, but high-priced energy means that companies will send jobs overseas looking for cheap energy,” Alexander said today during a hearing of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, of which he is a member. “In Tennessee, Alcoa—where my dad worked all his life—has shut down its smelter because it is waiting for a low-cost electricity contract; a major air conditioning manufacturer has told me that if its electricity prices go up, the company may have to move overseas; and Eastman Chemical, which has employed thousands of Tennesseans in East Tennessee for a long time, relies on coal, and if energy prices go up, then it’s more likely to send jobs overseas, too.”
On Monday, Alexander unveiled his blueprint for building 100 new nuclear power plants in 20 years at the National Press Club, which he said will “create jobs, lower utility bills and put the United States within the goals of the Kyoto Protocol on global warming by 2030 without the expensive cap-and-trade and renewable mandates passed by the House of Representatives.”