Sens. Murkowski and Booker and seven bipartisan colleagues have introduced the Nuclear Energy Leadership Act, designed to help the U.S. resume its nuclear energy technology leadership role. Congress must recognize our leadership position in nuclear energy is being replaced by Russia and China, weakening our energy security, economic competitiveness and national security.
Russia has announced $133B in new global reactor orders. Without American leadership, our geopolitical influence and non-proliferation voice is weakened. The DOD could lose its lead on technological innovation and safety research, a requirement for nuclear-powered submarines and aircraft carriers manned by our courageous sailors.