Green New Deal sponsor Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez still has an “open mind” on nuclear energy. “I don’t take a strong anti- or pro-position on it,” the New York Democrat said about nuclear energy in an interview in mid-2019.
While Ocasio-Cortez has an “open mind” on nuclear energy, she differentiates between the decades-old plants in the United States and more advanced technologies under development. Her Green New Deal resolution, which calls for “clean, renewable, and zero-emission energy” to meet 100 percent of U.S. power needs in the next 10 years, “leaves the door open on nuclear so that we can have that conversation,” she said.
Ocasio-Cortez, alongside many other progressive lawmakers and environmental groups, is pushing for an expedited U.S. energy transition, showed that she retains an open mind towards getting answers to the typically controversial questions over whether the technology will improve and whether the markets would adopt future generations of nuclear power.
Passing the Green New Deal resolution, she said, “is what will allow us to have these substantive conversations.”
Read more at Morning Consult, “Ocasio-Cortez: Green New Deal ‘Leaves the Door Open’ on Nuclear.”