President Barack Obama has announced over six billion euros worth of loans to build the US’s first nuclear reactors in 30 years.
The president is pushing nuclear energy because its use cuts carbon emissions but also to get Republican support for his Climate Bill.
During a visit to an education centre in Maryland, President Obama explained why nuclear energy was the future:
“To meet our growing energy needs and prevent the worst consequences of climate change, we will need to increase our supply of nuclear power. It’s that simple. This one plant, for example will cut carbon pollution by sixteen million tons each year when compared to a similar coal plant. That’s like taking 3.5 million cars off the road.”
Nuclear energy became unpopular in the wake of the Three Mile Island radiation leak in the 1970s. Today both Republicans and Democrats see its expansion as a way to generate power and jobs.
They disagree however, over Obama’s climate legislation which aims to cap and fine carbon polluting industries.