Congress Eases Towards Nuclear

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Nuclear could benefit from U.S. climate bill

By Timothy Gardner
NEW YORK, July 7 (Reuters) - The U.S. climate bill, a centerpiece of President Barack Obama's green agenda, could stall in the Senate unless it contains incentives to help the nuclear power industry build the next generation of reactors.

The House of Representatives narrowly approved its version of the bill late last month and it included little mention of nuclear energy.

But that looks set to change as a group of moderate Democratic and Republican senators who strongly back nuclear power tries to wrest industry concessions.

A key question is whether the industry and its allies can convince enough lawmakers that nuclear power, long seen as an environmental headache due to its radioactive waste and potential safety risks, is actually a solution to worsening global warming.


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