Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Nuclear Energy Industry to Play Role in Historic Trade Mission

U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Frank Levin announced at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce yesterday afternoon that he will lead a business development mission to India later this month. The mission, the largest of its kind ever led by the federal government, will include 238 participants representing 186 U.S. companies.

The Nuclear Energy Institute assisted the Department of Commerce and the U.S.-India Business Council with organizing events during the mission and encouraging participation in the mission by members of the U.S. nuclear energy industry. Currently, 18 companies comprise the nuclear energy delegation scheduled to travel to India for this historic summit.

Last week, the Senate approved the U.S.-India Civil Nuclear Cooperation agreement that will allow the United States to send nuclear fuel and technology to India.

President Bush said “…this partnership will help India meet its energy needs without increasing air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.”

In a statement released by the State Department, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said, “Successful implementation of the civil nuclear initiative is a key element of a new strategic partnership between the United States and India. This initiative will help India meet its growing energy needs, enhance cooperation on energy security and nonproliferation, and increase economic investment opportunities.”


Technorati tags: Nuclear Energy, Nuclear Power, Energy, Technology, Politics, Environment, Electricity, India, Department of Commerce, U.S.-India Business Council.

4 comments:

gunter said...

Hi,

NEI is complicite in the violation of of international law as prescribed by the Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Gunter, NIRS

Paul Primavera said...

Gunter,

There is no NPF treat violation. We're sharing civilian technology and civilian fuel. As India gets richer and more energy independent via nuclear energy, stability in the region is enhanced and the chances of a nuclear armed conflict reduced.

Isn't that what you really want? Or does NIRS prefer Indians and Pakistanis exist in the squalor of filth and decay that lack of electricity will surely cause?

I say help the Pakistanis, too. The more nuke power plants, the better.

gunter said...

... and Indian is now suspected of sharing nuclear technology with Iran. The Bush Administration has not answered to these intelligency reports.

Paul Primavera said...

Gunter,

What's wrong with Iran from developing commercial nuclear power? While I initially disagreed with Rod Adams about this at his Atomic Insights blog, why shouldn't every country have the ability to enrich its own uranium and reprocess its own spent fuel? True, I don't want the mad mullahs of Iran with the 'bomb', but the more we help these countries prosper economically (e.g., by nuclear power), the less willing they will be to sacrifice their wealth and prosperity on needless wars of aggression. No one wins in a nuke war, and those with the most wealth lose even more. So let me reverse my stance on Iran for a moment and argue in the words of the former German Chancellor: give peace a chance and let's help Iran, India and Pakistan. Heck, maybe they can even help stabilize Iraq and we can bring our troops home. Wouldn't that be great?

BTW, Entergy just announced that Indian Point Units 2 and 3 will be seeking license extension. They may well be operating and making electricity well after you and I are gone from this Earth. I for one hope so. My 2 year old son has asthma and less air pollution is always in best.

May God bless you, and have a Happy Thanksgiving!