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Kinzinger Applauds Rule Change for Nuclear Energy

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Washington, June 12, 2020 | Maura Gillespie (2022253635) | comments
In response to the U.S. International DFC announcement on nuclear energy projects, Congressman Kinzinger releases a statement in support.
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Washington, DC – This week, the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) made an announcement on a proposed change that would allow for U.S. support of civilian nuclear power projects around the world. As a result, the U.S. would help provide an alternative to countries dependent on authoritarian regimes for their domestic energy.

Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) wrote a letter to the DFC back in March expressing his concerns with the internal guidelines that prevented the DFC from cooperating on these civil nuclear projects, as they would strengthen our transatlantic while pushing back against the predatory business practices of China and Russia.

In response to the U.S. International DFC announcement, Congressman Kinzinger released this statement:

“The diversification of our energy sources, whether it be nuclear energy or renewable, is important to the United States and to our allies. With authoritarian regimes in Russia and China encroaching on the energy supply of our allies in Europe, it’s critical that we take a leading role in fostering opportunities that allow nuclear energy to be seen as an alternate energy source.

 “Opening up that market potential is key to energy security, and allows for even stronger transatlantic partnerships with our allies. Congress passed my legislation that would help our allies increase their energy sources and better defend against bad actors like Putin, and now we need the support from the DFC to make that possible.

 “I’m pleased that the DFC is taking action to change the guidelines that restrict the opportunities to finance civil nuclear energy projects that our European allies need to get out from under the stronghold of Russia and China.”

 More information on the Congressman’s legislation H.R. 1616, the European Energy Security and Diversification Act can be found here.



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