With utilities rushing to secure sites to build new nuclear power plants, Charles Osgood of the CBS Radio Network has taken notice:
Right now the 65 nuclear power plants in the United States are supplying 20% of the electric POWER used in this country. But even though DEMAND for power has been increasing every year we haven't had a new nuclear reactor licensed since 1979. But stand back because a new generation of pants is on the horizon and nuclear GOLD RUSH may be already under way.Technorati tags: Nuclear Power, Nuclear Energy, Environment , Energy, Politics, Technology, Economics, Electricity
According to the Wall Street Journal, Congress is dangling more than 8 billion dollars in subsidies plus LOAN guarantees for the first new nuclear electric power plants to be built here in nearly three decades. And the rush is on among potential owners to identify and lock down the best possible nuclear sites. Environmentalists still worry about what can be done with radioactive nuclear WASTE but right now for them, the most pressing concern is global warming and the effects of fossil fuel burning. 50% of the electric power needs of the country are produced by burning coal. The emissions from gasoline burning CARS are another big factor but if electric hybrids are part of the solution that extra electric POWER is going to have to come from somewhere. Power companies' cancelled plans to build 96 new nuclear plants after the accident at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania and at Chernobyl in the Soviet Union and as President Bush said in his State of the Union Address last week.
"We must continue changing the way America generates electric power - by even greater use of clean coal technology, solar and wind energy and clean, safe nuclear power." said President George Bush.
The Commission now expects at least thirty new reactors to be built. And it seems as if the race is on. The Osgood File. Charles Osgood on the CBS Radio Network.