Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Obama opens the door to Nuclear Power

"On an issue that affects our economy, our security, and the future of our planet, we can't continue to be mired in the same old stale debates left and right, between environmentalists and entrepreneurs. Our competitors are racing to create jobs and command growing energy industries. And nuclear energy is no exception, "said President Obama during a stop at a job training center outside Washington (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/35421517/ns/business-oil_and_energy/). To which President Obama pledged more than $8B in federal loan guarantees for the construction of the United States first nuclear power plant in nearly three decades. Did Obama finally read my daily emails to the White House? Did he stumble upon my blog? Probably not but who cares. Obama is seeing the future in clean energy, sustained job growth and a green policy we can all stand behind.

The new nuclear power plant will be built in Burke County, GA. As an FYI, Burke County is represented in Congress by Sen. Isakson (R), Sen. Chambliss (R), and Rep. Barrow (D). The president did warn that technology and storage are concerns going forward. Now, this is really good news for those in Georgia as the nuclear power plant will add sustainable, high paying jobs to the area as well as spring up organic growth to support the people working at the plant. We need a similar project in every state in the Union times two. Now, we need President Obama to write an Executive Order reversing Jimmy Carter's Executive Order banning the use of spent rods. The technology exists, just ask the French, to re-use spent rods safer than it had prior to Carter's Executive Order.