Congressman Jason Altmire offers thoughts and advice for Clean Energy

Congressman Jason Altmire addressed the Nuclear Infrastructure Council today in Washington.

Well, that’s interesting!  The very topic I wrote about yesterday does seem to be bubbling to the surface …

I attended a luncheon of the Nuclear Infrastructure Council today in Washington, D.C. and at our table, the infamous Oil and Natural Gas TV commercials were brought up by Scott Thomasson, Director of Economic and Domestic Policy for the Progressive Policy Institute.  (I promise I did not launch the subject!)  It was agreed at the table that the disparity between the amount and fervor of Oil & Gas promotions and that of other energies is significant.

Then, our guest speaker Congressman Jason Altmire coached the nuclear industry on how it needs to up its game when pitching the benefits of nuclear power for the U.S. (For the record, I believe the Congressman is in favor of other clean energy solutions too; but he was addressing a room full of nuclear advocates.)

It’s refreshing to hear from this fresh-faced Congressman. Not, that he’s new mind you. This is his third term representing the 4th Congressional District of Pennsylvania.  I like him.  He seems to be a pretty independent thinker.  (His official label is Conservative Democrat.) A recent non-partisan study of congressional votes identified him as having a reliably centrist voting record. And, in the last three Congressional sessions he’s never missed a vote. And, and, and — he played football for Florida State.  What a guy!

Deb Deal-Blackwell

Left: Lisa Epifani, Van Ness Feldman attorneys and Samuel Lederer, Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan, were also part of the packed room.

Left: Michael Richard, Westinghouse and David Blee, Nuclear Infrastructure Council at the luncheon today.