Monday, January 23, 2006

Senator McCain on Energy Security

Here's U.S. Senator John McCain from a Sunday morning interview he did with Fox News:

And the second lesson we should have learned from this, and what’s going on in Venezuela with Mr. Chavez, and what Putin did vis-a-vis the Ukraine, we’ve got to get quickly on a track to energy independence from foreign oil. And that means, among other things, going back to nuclear power.

But we better understand the vulnerabilities that our economy and our very lives have that when we’re dependent on Iranian mullahs, and wackos in Venezuela, and now Mr. Putin obviously deciding at least under one occasion to exercise the oil card, which never happened in all the days of the former Soviet Union.
Thanks to AZ Congress Watch for the pointer. And there's more from James Chang.

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4 comments:

Anonymous said...

First off: don't get me wrong here, I'm rabidly pro-nuclear.

Are we also in danger of foreign cutoff of fissile material? Didn't we shut down US enrichment because we are getting so much from the former Soviet Union? Does this leave us vulnerable on this front?

Obviously a much smaller concern than oil. But is it still something to worry about?

Matthew

Eric McErlain said...

Last April in San Antonio, our CEO, Skip Bowman, addressed this issue, among others, at the World Nuclear Fuel Cycle Conference. Click here for that text.

distantbody said...

That's a great link Eric.

As for the senators comments, they're welcome, but they are frustratingly small at this stage in the game.

Don Kosloff said...

Matthew,

The answers to your four questions are:
1. No
2. No
3. No
4. No. It is something to consider in determining the amount of foreign uranium to stockpile.