People in our country are rightly concerned about greenhouse gases and the environment, and I can understand why -- I am, too. As a matter of fact, I try to tell people, let's quit the debate about whether greenhouse gases are caused by mankind or by natural causes; let's just focus on technologies that deal with the issue. Nuclear power will help us deal with the issue of greenhouse gases. Without nuclear energy, carbon dioxide emissions would have been 28 percent greater in the electricity industry in 2004. Without nuclear power, we would have had an additional 700 million tons a year of carbon dioxide, and that's nearly equal to the annual emissions from 136 million passenger cars. Nuclear power helps us protect the environment. (Applause.)And as our friend Pat Cleary would note, it also provides the abundant, affordable and reliable electricity America needs to support a manufacturing base that is continually under fire.
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UPDATE: More from Pat:
[Y]ou'll see from this chart that France gets almost 80% of its power from nuclear. Yet the last nuclear plant was ordered in the US in 1973. The enviros can't just keep saying no to everything. Time to unleash all fuel sources, including nuclear.Pat also reminds us that there's another ANWR vote today. Norris McDonald also took note of yesterday's speech.
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