Wednesday, June 22, 2005
President Bush today said it's time for the U.S. to begin building more nuclear power plants – something that hasn't happened since the 1970s.
During a trip to the Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant in Maryland, Bush said, "There is a growing consensus that more nuclear power will lead to a cleaner and safer nation.
"It is time for this country to start building nuclear power plants again. … We're taking practical steps to encourage construction of new plants."
Calling on Congress to send him an energy bill by August, Bush stressed the need to develop energy sources other than fossil fuels. He pointed out that while the U.S. gets 20 percent of its electricity from nuclear reactors, France meets 78 percent of its electricity needs with nuclear power.
Wearing a white hard hat and shirt sleeves, Bush walked through the plant's turbine building and its control room, where he thanked workers for "taking time to explain all the dials and gauges."
Talking up the advantage of nuclear power, Bush said it's an energy source that is "completely domestic, plentiful in quantity, environmentally friendly and able to generate massive amounts of electricity."
The 103 nuclear power plants currently operating in America do not produce a single pound of air pollution or greenhouse gases, the president noted.
Though safety measures have increased over the last several decades, no new nuke plant has been built in the U.S. since the 1970s.
An energy bill has passed the House but not the Senate. Bush stressed that while gas prices will not drop immediately when he signs the bill, it will help to make the U.S. less dependent on foreign oil.
President Bush is so pro-nuclear that he seems willing to go to almost any length to promote deadly nuclear technology among our - umm - friends. Who will be next to share our arsenal of nuclear toys? Saudi Arabia, or perhaps the United Arab Emirates??? Is Bush's promotion of more nuclear power plants in the USA just some sinister aspect of his no child left behind [or un-afflicted] program?
Click these links to learn more about the 1986 Chernobyl Nuclear disaster, and the monstrous genetic damage the residual radiation is visiting upon children born in the area.
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