A look at Fred Thompson’s environmental platform and record
Platform & Record In-Depth
- Worked as a lobbyist in D.C. for more than 20 years, representing, among other clients, a failed nuclear energy project that cost taxpayers $1.7 billion, and a British reinsurance company that wanted to limit its liability from asbestos lawsuits.
- In 2002, voted against raising corporate average fuel economy standards.
- In 2002, voted to renew the Price-Anderson Act, which caps liability and the amount of money nuclear-power facilities would have to pay in the event of a nuclear catastrophe. (The act was eventually renewed as part of the 2005 energy bill, extending liability protection to the nuke industry until the end of 2025.)
- In 2001, cosponsored an unsuccessful bill that would have provided financial incentives to retrofit coal plants with “clean coal” technology, supported coal research and development programs, and exempted some coal plants from the Clean Air Act new-source review rules requiring new or significantly renovated power plants to use the best available technology to limit their air pollution.
- In 2001, cosponsored an unsuccessful bill to give a variety of financial and other incentives to nuclear power plants and nuclear-plant operators.
- In 1998, sponsored the unsuccessful Sportsmen’s Memorial Act to authorize a monument to sportsmen in or near Washington, D.C.
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Todd Hymas Samkara and Kate Sheppard contributed to this fact sheet.