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Obama is a nuclear supporter November 12, 2008

Posted by cleanidahoenergy in Energy policy, nuclear industry, Politics and nuclear.
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As a nuclear power developer, I am pleased Barack Obama has been elected president. While I didn’t vote for Obama – McCain’s ambitious proposal for 45 new reactors was hard to beat – Obama has a strong record of supporting nuclear power. Indeed, his home state of Illinois has more reactors than any other state and the nuclear industry contributed significantly to Obama’s campaign.

Obama made his support clear in the debates, where he said “What we’re going to have to do is to approach it through alternative energy, like solar, and wind, and biodiesel, and, yes, nuclear energy, clean-coal technology. And, you know, I’ve got a plan for us to make a significant investment over the next 10 years to do that … I favor nuclear power as one component of our overall energy mix.”

It would be difficult to find a mainstream politician of any kind on the national stage who opposes nuclear and anti-nuke environmentalists are becoming increasingly scarce. That’s because, if our country is to both curb emissions and keep up with the projected 25 percent increase in electrical demand by 2030, we need the clean-base-load power nuclear provides.

Obama knows nuclear power is essential and we look forward to building the Idaho Energy Complex during his administration.

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