Today, Congressman Jim Renacci (OH-16) expressed his condolences for the victims of the recent tragic events in Japan and offered continued prayers for the entire nation as they work to rebuild and recover.
"As the Japanese people continue to demonstrate great courage and resilience in the wake of this horrific tragedy, I stand with millions of Americans in offering my thoughts and prayers for those who lost their lives and the loved ones they left behind. As they move forward and begin the process of rebuilding, I hope our Japanese friends know they are not alone and have the full support of the United States in their recovery efforts," Renacci said.
Renacci also urged caution to those rushing in their reaction to the events surrounding the nuclear facilities impacted by the Japanese earthquake who are advocating for a shift in U.S. energy policy.
"Nuclear energy accounts for 20 percent of our domestic energy supply and is the second largest energy producer in Ohio. While it is imperative that every precaution be taken to ensure that nuclear power remains a safe component of our national energy portfolio, we must not hastily respond to the natural disaster in Japan by tying the hands of energy suppliers in the United States. We must ensure that we do not make the same mistakes that we did by instituting a deepwater drilling moratorium in response to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill last year. In addition to serving as a provider of high paying jobs, the nuclear energy sector plays a crucial role in reducing our dependence on foreign sources of energy and must remain an integral part of an "all of the above' national energy policy," Renacci added.