Obama Wants More Nuclear, But Do You?

By David Schoetz

Feb 16, 2010 11:48pm

President Obama today announced $8.3 billion in loan guarantees to build the first new nuclear power plant in the United States in more than 30 years — a pair of reactors in Burke County, Georgia. He says the plant will safely produce enough clean energy to offset 30 million barrels of oil or the equivalent of taking 3.5 million cars off the road. The project is also expected to create thousands of construction jobs now, and an estimated 800 permanent positions. Nuclear power, Obama said, is a “necessary step for the future,” and he hopes this plant will be the first of many. Critics, of course, fear that nuclear power is dangerous, citing the 1979 meltdown at Three Mile Island – pictured above — in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. There are also concerns about the disposal of nuclear waste products. So tonight, we ask: Do you agree with President Obama? Is it time come build more nuclear power plants Tell us what you think. Embedded below is President Obama’s announcement. Click here for the “World News” segment.  

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