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Obama promotes new nuclear power plants

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

This is really good news – for the first time in decades, new nuclear power plants will be built:

On Tuesday, President Obama will announce plans to break ground on two new nuclear reactors at a Southern Company plant in Burke, Georgia — the first new U.S. nuclear reactors since the incident at Three Mile Island in 1979.

The president will make the announcement at the IBEW Local Headquarters in Lanham, Md., where union members can learn applications that can be used in the construction of nuclear power plants.

The White House is making no bones about the fact that they see this announcement as advancing two agenda items: clean energy and efforts at bipartisanship.

(…) The President has proposed tripling loan guarantees for nuclear-power plant construction to more than $54 billion in his FY2011 budget.

Nuclear energy meets approximately 20 percent of the United States’ energy needs. According to Southern Company, the new project will create approximately 3,000 onsite construction jobs in the short term and approximately 850 permanent operations jobs.

Obama, as an Illinoisan, knows nuclear power. Few people know that Illinois ranks first in the United States for nuclear power generation and capacity, supplying about 48% of the state’s power requirement needs, about even with coal.

And it is important to note that the Obama Admin is proposing no direct funding for new plants, but rather loan guarantees. So unless the project fails to make money (and given the trends, thats unlikely) this will end up costing the taxpayer nothing.

We still are way behind China, but this is a good start.



  • http://www.kiva.org/lender/james1061 James S. Klich II

    A victory for the United States! Nuclear may be a good fit for Honolulu.

  • Becky Chesner

    Readers of this fine blog may wish to check out the “Sinai in Arabia” entry at David Klinghoffer’s “Kingdom of Priests” BELIEFNET Judaism blog.
    In it, Klinghoffer – an honorary Legionaire of Christ – argues for an Arabian provenance for the Israelites’ Exodus from Egypt and crossing of “the sea.”
    As such, it offers implicit corroboration for Qura’anic claims about Abraham/Ibrahim’s ties to Mecca and his establishing the Ka’ba there.

  • http://www.greencreation.info Ms R. C. ten Veen

    Assalam aleikum (may peace be with you) brother Aziz, may this message find you well. I often enjoy your contributions, but this time really had to respond. Why is building more nuclear a good idea? The set up costs are most significant, there is still no answer to what to do with nuclear waste (hiding it in a hole for future generations to pay for is NOT a solution!), there is significant data that living near a nuclear site increases risk to cancer, it makes our energy provision dependent on big installations (instead of more decentralised/ local systems – more important with increased risks of flood, e.g. in the UK in 2007, many more people were cut off from water provision than affected directly by flood as big power plant had to be switched off as it was at flood risk), terrorists could get hold of nuclear waste and do us harm (not a risk with solar/ wind etc), they’re not low CO2 (reports that say that assume that nuclear fuel miraculously arrives at power plant, not taking into account the mining & shipping of fuel and discount decades & decades of power needed to control nuclear waste), it makes it more difficult to tell other countries not to use nuclear, no nuclear plant has been built with extensive Government (i.e. tax payers) support… etc, etc. In peace, Rianne

  • http://www.greencreation.info Ms R. C. ten Veen

    To add to my previous comment, for a bit of insight on the nuclear lobby in the US: http://www.opensecrets.org/lobby/issuesum.php?lname=Energy+%26+Nuclear+Power

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