Dems Using Nuclear Power As Leverage Against House GOP

( – Democrats in California have accused a Republican representative of hypocrisy for celebrating a nuclear power plant he voted against. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) said GOP House Rep. David Valadao opposed the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law that allocated $6 billion for nuclear energy and helped save the Golden State’s last nuclear power plant, Diablo Canyon.

In August, Valadao visited the plant and praised it for “lowering costs, creating jobs, and strengthening our national security.” The DCCC is highlighting the apparent hypocrisy in its campaign to unseat Valadao and replace him with its candidate, former California Assembly member Rudy Salas.

DCCC spokesperson Dan Gottlieb said that after voting against the funding that kept the “cost-cutting, job-creating, and state-powering energy hub afloat,” Mr. Valadao had “the nerve to parade around the nuclear plant praising their work.” He added, “Voters have had enough of the hypocritical publicity stunts.”

The growing number of clean power initiatives inside Republican districts could prove increasingly awkward for GOP lawmakers. Georgia’s Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene attracted criticism when she celebrated the launch of a solar panel production plant in her district, which was possible due to President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act, which she and other GOP Reps. opposed.

Lori Lodes, executive director of the group Climate Power, accused Republicans of “threatening to implode our country’s economy… to protect their own corporate, anti-climate interests.”

A January study found that most clean energy initiatives prompted by the Inflation Reduction Act were in Republican-led areas. After the introduction of the legislation, billions of dollars were invested in clean energy production, and around two-thirds of planned projects announced in the first five months were located in GOP districts.

Rep. Garret Graves, a Republican from Louisiana, argues there is no inconsistency in the GOP position. “Just because you vote against a bill doesn’t mean the entire bill is a bad bill,” he said before adding that he has no reason to feel embarrassed.

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