WASHINGTON—In a speech today in Columbus, Ohio, President Bush called for the expanded use of nuclear power in the United States, saying “a secure energy future must include nuclear power.” The following is a statement on the president’s remarks by John Kane, the Nuclear Energy Institute’s senior vice president of governmental affairs:
“We applaud President Bush for raising Americans’ awareness that nuclear energy is one of the foundations of our nation’s electricity infrastructure, and that it must remain a pillar of U.S. energy security in the generations to come.
“More than 100 nuclear power plants operating in 31 states provide electricity to one of every five homes and businesses, and they do so affordably, efficiently and cleanly. Given these benefits, it is appropriate for national energy policy to stimulate investment in new nuclear power plants, just as it encourages investment in wind and solar projects along with clean coal- and natural gas-fired power plants.
“The nuclear energy sector joins with President Bush in calling for Congress to enact comprehensive energy policy legislation now. Energy security doesn’t come overnight, and the longer we wait, the more intractable our nation’s energy challenges will become.”
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.