WASHINGTON—President Bush today visited Constellation Energy’s Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant in Maryland, where he reiterated his support for nuclear energy and its role in national energy policy. Following is a statement from Skip Bowman, the Nuclear Energy Institute’s president and chief executive officer.
“President Bush’s visit to Calvert Cliffs highlights the significant role nuclear energy must play in a cohesive and successful national energy policy. This visit draws well-warranted attention to the fact that nuclear energy’s emission-free attributes make it the only expandable source of baseload power that will enable our nation to meet our future growth needs and clean-air goals.
“The president’s leadership on energy issues is inspiring, and his recognition of nuclear energy as a reliable source of clean electricity is much appreciated. The United States is going to need increased contributions from all sources of energy, including greater conservation and technology advancements, to meet the expected 50 percent increase in electricity demand over the next 20 years. The nuclear energy industry is poised to greatly contribute with advanced-design nuclear plants.
“Through the president’s leadership, growing bipartisan support in Congress, stellar economic and safety performance, and market conditions going forward, we believe the United States will see several new nuclear plants operating by the middle of the next decade that will move our nation farther along the road to real energy independence.”
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.