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Nuclear Power Critical to Meeting President's Greenhouse Gas Objectives

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Publication Date: April 2008

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Jack Spencer

Series: WebMemo

Topic: Energy (Nuclear power)
Environment (Weather and climate)

Keywords: Energy and environment; Yucca Mountain; Nuclear energy; Nuclear renaissance

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States


On April 16, President George W. Bush established a national goal to stop the growth of greenhouse gas emissions by 2025. His plan would first slow, then stop and reverse the rate of emissions of CO2 and other so-called greenhouse gases. The President placed much of the onus of meeting these objectives on the electricity generation industry. While wind, solar, and clean-coal technologies may eventually affordably contribute to the nation's production of emissions-free power, the best way to achieve the President's vision today is through nuclear power.