Nikki Haley on Energy & Oil
HALEY: Well, I don't think we're the skunk at the party. I think that we watched out for our country. When I was a governor in South Carolina, I know how tough those regulations President Obama put on us, because of the Paris agreement, were on our businesses and on our industries. It directly hit our jobs. We're going to make sure we're looking out for the U.S. first. We will always be a leader in the environment. That's what we do, that's who we are. But we're going to make sure that we're not hurting our companies in the process. And there is a balance. There is clearly a difference between us and Nicaragua, and us and Syria. The world knows that.
That stance is the same as one taken by many Republicans in South Carolina, including Gov. Haley. Earlier this year, Haley mounted a lawsuit against the federal government after the administration said it planned to halt construction on the facility, citing escalating costs and delays. South Carolina ultimately dropped its challenge after the government said it would continue to fund the program through the end of the current fiscal year.
Part of a US-Russia nonproliferation agreement to dispose of weapons-grade plutonium, the plant has been slow to attract customers for the commercial reactor fuel it will produce. It is more than three years behind its 2016 completion deadline and is billions of dollars over budget.
Millions of dollars each year in gas tax revenue are being diverted away from our bridges and our highways. Let's invest more of the money we already have into this vital area.
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