o By more than a two-to-one margin, Americans favor the use of nuclear energy as a way to produce electricity. They see nuclear energy as important to the future. That’s why 81 percent of Americans believe that nuclear energy will play an important role in meeting the nation’s electricity needs in the years ahead, according to a nationwide poll by Bisconti Research Inc./GfK Roper in February. o Energy policy recommendations by Republican and Democratic governors alike and both parties’ presidential campaign platform include nuclear energy as an important part of America’s energy policy. In addition, the policy recommendations of both the National Conference of State Legislatures and National Black Caucus of State Legislators call for expansion of nuclear energy.