To the Editor: When it comes to policy, House Science, Technology, and Energy Committee Chairman Bob Backus and I rarely see eye to eye. But we both act in good faith to work through tough issues .
One of the issues where the chairman and I could not be further apart is on the issue of nuclear power. Nuclear power is our best source of carbon-free energy and does not contribute to climate change. Nuclear power is clean, safe and faces the most stringent regulations of any power source in the world.
Seabrook is the largest single generating unit in all of New England. It is a huge economic driver for the Seacoast. After touring the facility with my fellow committee members, I support its relicensing.
Chairman Backus did not join us on the tour. In fact, he has long opposed nuclear power. He was the lead attorney for the protesters who impeded Seabrook when it was being built.
I am willing to accept this disagreement. However, the chairman crossed the line when he invited, through the efforts of Rep. Peter Somssich, former nuclear regulator turned anti-nuclear activist Greg Jaczko, to testify before the committee. Mr. Jaczko celebrates himself as being a “rogue regulator,” openly calling for all nuclear power to be banned entirely.
While scare tactics may win the day at the State House, this committee member will not be attending the circus of fear that the chairman has decided to bring to the STE committee. I call on my fellow committee members to join me .
Rep. JEANINE NOTTER