Rep. Christopher Cox
Subcommittee on Energy & Air Quality
House Committee on Energy & Commerce
Comprehensive National Energy Policy
March 5, 2003
Mr. Chairman, I want to begin by commending you for assembling this
legislation which I hope will deal with our country’s troubling energy
situation. The policy we have had up until now, at least in California, is best described as lights
out. And I think we need to do a lot of work to change that. I want to just
point out to my colleague, Mr. Markey, how happy I am that the Price-Anderson
reauthorization language in this bill includes the Cox-Markey Amendment.
Beginning in the Clinton Administration, the State Department had been
giving serious consideration to making U.S. taxpayers liable for nuclear
actions in North Korean nuclear facilities. As was first uncovered by the Los
Angeles Times, Clinton Administration lawyers were trying to contort the
Price-Anderson Act in recovering the costs from Kim Jong-il
failed nuclear power plants, which was never intended by this legislation.
The Cox-Markey Amendment which has been overwhelmingly adopted in this
committee and on the floor on multiple occasions,
makes it clear that U.S.
taxpayers cannot be held liable for nuclear actions in North Korea
or any other government, government of any other country that sponsors
terrorism or engages in the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
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