WASHINGTON—President Bush today identified nuclear energy as one of the key ways to power hydrogen fuel cells that hold the promise to reduce U.S. reliance on foreign energy sources and lower emissions of greenhouses gases linked to the threat of global climate change. The following is a statement by Nuclear Energy Institute President and Chief Executive Officer Joe F. Colvin in reaction to President Bush’s remarks, which included a call for Congress to enact comprehensive energy legislation this year.
“The nuclear energy industry strongly supports the president’s initiative on hydrogen fuel research and his advocacy of clean nuclear energy as a viable option for powering hydrogen fuel cells. Because nuclear power plants produce energy without polluting the air, nuclear energy provides a sustainable, clean source for producing hydrogen. One nuclear fuel pellet—about the size of your fingertip—produces enough hydrogen to power 25,000 vehicles 100 miles each.
“We applaud President Bush for this visionary plan to increase U.S. energy security and, thus, America’s national security, and to protect the environment along the way.
“The industry also welcomes President Bush’s renewed call for a comprehensive energy policy that recognizes the key role that nuclear power plays in diversifying our nation’s portfolio of energy sources. Abundant, reliable supplies of energy are the underpinning of economic growth and a key means by which we improve the quality of life for the American people. The president fully recognizes the need to have adequate domestic sources of energy at a time when the United States significantly depends on imported sources from an unstable part of the world where armed conflict is looming.”
The Nuclear Energy Institute is the nuclear energy industry’s policy organization. This news release and additional information about nuclear energy are available on NEI’s Internet site at http://www.nei.org.