Obama Energy Official: Nuclear Plants Essential To Our Carbon Reduction Goals

From Forbes

By Michael Krancer

Did President Obama just finally come out as pro-nuke?

I’m not referring to the President’s State of the Union Address last month. In that speech, the President made no mention of how nuclear energy production actually fits into what he called his Administration’s “all of the above” clean energy policy. Nor did he mention how protecting the health of America’s existing nuclear power fleet is critical to the realization of our nation’s greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals. In fact, as many nuke industry chiefs will tell you, he’s been mostly mum about the industry for years.

Then, last week, a top Administration energy official swept in to clear up the matter. Yes, the Administration supports nuclear power—and it thinks that the growing list of nuclear power plants being shut down or slated for shutdown is a serious climate-change threat.

On global warming, at least, Obama has always been eager to make his views clear. For example, here is an excerpt from his State of the Union speech last month:

But the debate is settled. Climate change is a fact. And when our children’s children look us in the eye and ask if we did all we could to leave them a safer, more stable world, with new sources of energy, I want us to be able to say yes, we did.

Enter Peter Lyons, the Department of Energy’s (DOE) assistant secretary for nuclear energy. Lyons, a former Nuclear Regulatory Commission member and science advisor to former Senator Pete Domenici, spoke up about the Administration’s views on nuclear power at the Platts 10th Annual Nuclear Energy Conference in Washington, D.C. last week.

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