In his State of the Union address, President Obama declared, “[To] create more of these clean energy jobs, we need more production, more efficiency, more incentives. And that means building a new generation of safe, clean nuclear power plants in this country.”
Today the President reinforced that call to action with a Presidential memo instructing the Department of Energy to appoint a Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future. Energy Secretary Steven Chu did so, announcing that former National Security Advisor Brent Scrowcroft and retired Rep. Lee Hamilton will head the new commission to develop proposals for a safe, long-term solution to managing used nuclear fuel and nuclear waste. (DOE news release.)
With the Yucca Mountain repository stalled due to funding and politics, the question of long-term waste storage still must be resolved to provide confidence to investors and the public alike. The NAM is an advocate of nuclear power as a reliable and a predictable low-cost supply of energy, a key element of a pro-growth agenda. Manufacturers are not only users of the clean energy nuclear plants provide, but supply the market needed to build, operate and maintain plants throughout the world.
The NAM appreciates the announcement of the Blue Ribbon Commission and looks forward to seeing the recommendations that will ensure that President Obama’s call for “safe clean nuclear power” becomes reality.
Alexis Bayer is NAM’s Director for Energy and Resources Policy