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Nuclear lobby working on US Senate

The nuclear option seems to be back on the table, with new bipartisan legislation designed to promote a fresh wave of nuclear power plant construction. Is there an easier way?

Senators Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Jim Webb of Virginia this week introduced the “Clean Energy Act of 2009,” which skips all the contentious bits of current energy legislation—like a cap-and-trade plan to curb greenhouse-gas emissions—in favor of directly promoting low-carbon energy, with special fondness for nuclear power…………………………

the biggest problems with new nuclear construction are the same they’ve ever been: time and money. New plants take a long time to build, and as a result are very expensive, which threatens to strain the balance sheets of even the biggest U.S. utilities. Thus the emphasis in the new legislation on expanding loan guarantees for the industry…….
……….now that the Senate has given itself another four months to sort out energy and climate legislation, will the nuclear question elbow its way into the mix?

Nuclear Options: Build More Nukes, or Work Existing Ones Harder? – Environmental Capital – WSJ

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November 20, 2009 - Posted by | 1, politics, USA | , , , ,

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