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Nuke Industry to Obama: Don’t Freeze Us Out

The nuclear industry is unhappy with the recent executive order on renewable energy.(Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

December 12, 2013

The nuclear industry is bashing President Obama's order that requires the federal government to get 20 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020, calling it a "missed opportunity" to embrace carbon-free nuclear-energy generation.

"As you and others in your administration have often said, nuclear energy can, and must, play a major role in any credible national plan to reduce carbon emissions, and we believe it should be included in any presidential mandate to federal agencies on procurement of carbon-free electricity," writes Nuclear Energy Institute President Marvin S. Fertel in a Thursday letter to Obama about the Dec. 5 mandate.

The lobbying and trade group's letter is part of a wider effort by the nuclear industry, which has often collided with environmentalists, to position itself as an ally in the battle against climate change.

 

The industry got an assist last month from four prominent climate scientists, who urged the environmental movement to support nuclear power.

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