For the first time in three decades to new nuclear reactors to be built in the United States. Nuclear energy is to reduce U.S. dependence on oil imports.
Barack Obama will win with a credit of one billion for the nuclear industry in Congress for its climate protection plans. Obama announced to provide 8.3 billion U.S. dollars to build two reactors in the state of Georgia. That would be the first building of new nuclear power plants in the U.S. nearly three decades.
The expansion of nuclear energy is needed to reduce U.S. dependence oil imports and reduce emissions of harmful greenhouse gases”, said Obama.” To meet the growing needs of our energy and avoid the worst impacts of climate change, we must increase our supply of nuclear energy, as simple as that, “Obama said. Nuclear power, but” disadvantage “. As an example he cited the unresolved issue of storing nuclear waste.
At the same time, Obama called for projects to be criticized by the opposition to limit emissions of greenhouse gases from industry, to promote the development of renewable energy sources. After giving his opinion, there are some similarities with the Republicans on climate policy, which applies to construction, the President said. His energy and climate consultant Carol Browner called for Republicans and appreciate other nuclear power advocates in government grants to build new nuclear plants.
So far, the U.S. cover about one fifth of its electricity needs through nuclear energy. Obama wants to double the use of clean energy like wind and solar, but also the modern technologies of coal and nuclear energy in the coming years, creating 700,000 new jobs. In the Senate, currently got the Climate Change Bill, with which you enter only the reduction of greenhouse gases also have an emission trading on the European model.
The Sierra Club – the largest conservation organization in the U.S. and former – Criticized Obama’s plans to develop nuclear energy. “To reduce carbon dioxide emissions, we have the cleanest, fastest and safest way to give priority,” the organization said in a statement. “Nuclear energy is not clean nor cheap, fast and secure.”
U.S. President two weeks ago appointed a new Commission was established to provide a period of two years to better manage nuclear waste. In late January, he had a surprise in his State of the nation clearly in favor of nuclear energy, with emphasis on nuclear energy and development of oil reserves off U.S. should be part of a comprehensive energy bill. Obama had nuclear power in the past never criticized, but expressed serious reservations about the problem of disposal.
Worldwide, there are, according to industry more than 430 nuclear reactors, of which more than 100 in the U.S.. Trigger for the abandonment of nuclear energy in the United States was the nuclear accident at Three Mile nuclear Iceland 30 years ago, the worst in American history.