WASHINGTON—In his State of the Union address to Congress last night, President George W. Bush urged enactment of comprehensive energy policy legislation. “I urge you to pass legislation to modernize our electricity system, promote conservation, and make America less dependent on foreign sources of energy,” President Bush said. The following is a statement on the president’s remarks by John Kane, the Nuclear Energy Institute’s senior vice president of governmental affairs.
“The nuclear energy industry joins with President Bush in calling for Congress to approve a new energy policy now. Energy security doesn’t come overnight, and the longer that the current comprehensive legislation languishes in Congress, the more intractable our nation’s energy challenges will become.
“The conferenced energy bill pending before the Senate will help provide the American people with the energy security they expect and deserve. This bill provides important, new provisions for all energy sources as part of the diversification that a strong energy portfolio needs. Significantly, the bill also includes provisions for nuclear energy to play an expanded role in helping the nation meet its economic and environmental goals.
“Nuclear energy is one of the foundations of the nation’s electricity infrastructure. Nuclear power plants operating in 31 states provide electricity to one of every five homes and businesses, and they do so safely, affordably, efficiently, and without emitting pollutants into the atmosphere. Given these benefits, it is appropriate for national energy policy to support investment in new nuclear plants, just as it encourages investment in wind, solar, clean-coal and natural gas-fired power plants.”
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.