Leaders for Nuclear Power in Britain, Germany and …?

By October 19, 2009Energy, Global Warming

A piece in The Weekly Standard by Spence Abraham, former Secretary of Energy, “New Nukes!

In the United Kingdom, a Labour party government similarly concerned about carbon emissions and foreign energy dependence has forged ahead with a nuclear initiative first proposed by former Prime Minister Tony Blair and continued by Gordon Brown, each of whom used his office to educate the citizenry and bring many nuclear skeptics around. America needs that same type of leadership today.

For President Obama, the temptation is to follow the urgings of environmental groups and anti-nuclear activists and effectively kill off nuclear energy by denying needed federal support. But if the president is serious about reducing our dependence on foreign energy and addressing climate change, he will help launch America’s renaissance in nuclear energy.

In Germany, leadership involves the new coalition government rejecting past plans to phase out nuclear power. From Bloomberg, “Merkel’s Bloc, FDP Make Headway on Nuclear Energy, Deregulation“:

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s bloc and the pro-business Free Democratic Party made headway in three-day talks to form Germany’s next government, reaching a breakthrough on extending nuclear energy and an agreement on deregulation.

Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union and its Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union, agreed with the FDP to embrace nuclear power as a “bridge technology,” Economy Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg said today. The three parties also forged a plan to trim regulation for mid-size German companies.

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