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White House Briefing: Obama Still Supports Nuclear Power

He's undeterred by the Japanese quake and tsunami.

photo of Rebecca Kaplan
March 15, 2011

President Obama continues to support the use of nuclear power as part of the U.S. energy strategy, provided that safety measures – such as the constant review of nuclear plants around the country – are still being followed, press secretary Jay Carney said at Tuesday’s press briefing.

The president is also being briefed frequently on Japan, and the U.S. is organizing a coordinated interagency response to help provide aid to America's ally in the wake of the 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami that hit the country last week.

“The United States is continuing to do everything in its power to help Japan and the American citizens who were in Japan at the time of these tragic events,” Carney said.

 

The agencies involved in the response include USAID, which is coordinating U.S. donations, and the Energy Department, which has sent a 34-person team to aid in analysis of the damage to the nuclear plants. Energy Secretary Steven Chu also offered an aerial measuring system to help assess damage.

The U.S. has offered disaster-response experts, search-and-rescue teams, technology advisers with nuclear expertise, and U.S. military support, Carney said.

Although its embassy is providing consular services 24 hours a day, the U.S. has not recommended that American citizens leave Tokyo.

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