Nuke Industry to Obama: Don’t Freeze Us Out

Streetlights illuminate the four cooling towers of the Temelin nuclear power plant on August 11, 2011 near Temelin, Czech Republic. CEZ, the Czech, state-owned energy company that operates Temelin, plans to expand the number of reactors at the plant from the current two to four. Westinghouse, Areva and Atomstroyexport are all vying for the project worth $27.8 billion, and a winner is to be announced before the end of the year. CEZ CEO Martin Roman also confirmed the company's hope to raise its electricity exports to Germany as Germany shutters its own 17 nuclear power reactors in coming years, a possibility that irritates German anti-nuclear activists.
National Journal
Ben Geman
Dec. 12, 2013, 7:18 a.m.

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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