WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Senate approved a bilateral agreement for civilian nuclear cooperation with India on Wednesday, setting the stage for its signature into law by President George W. Bush. Following is a statement by the Nuclear Energy Institute’s president and chief executive officer, Frank L. (Skip) Bowman:
“The nuclear energy industry welcomes congressional approval of the U.S.-India civilian nuclear cooperation agreement. The agreement holds the potential to strengthen the U.S. economy while fostering within India increased use of nuclear energy to cleanly provide the reliable electricity that is so vital in modern society.
“As an international leader in civilian nuclear technologies for an array of purposes, not the least of which is power generation, the United States has much to offer to India and its people through this agreement. Global efforts to address the threat of climate change make this agreement all the more timely, since nuclear power plants provide nearly 50 percent of the carbon-free electricity generation worldwide.”