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Nuclear Energy Must Play a Strong Role in Helping Achieve U.S. Climate Goals


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Statement from Scott Peterson--the Nuclear Energy Institute's Senior Vice President for Communications--in:
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(PETERSON):
"AMERICA'S ELECTRIC-SYSTEM RUNS ON A DIVERSE MIX OF FUELS AND TECHNOLOGIES.  NUCLEAR ENERGY ALREADY GENERATES TWO-THIRDS OF ALL CARBON-FREE ELECTRICITY IN THE UNITED STATES.  IF WE WANT TO MAKE FURTHER GREENHOUSE-GAS REDUCTIONS--TO COMBAT CLIMATE-CHANGE--NUCLEAR ENERGY WILL HAVE TO PLAY A LARGER ROLE IN THE NATION'S ELECTRICITY-MIX THAN IT DOES TODAY.  THIS CONCLUSION WAS REACHED BY SEVERAL INDEPENDENT ORGANIZATIONS THAT HAVE STUDIED RECENT CLIMATE-CHANGE PROPOSALS IN CONGRESS.  NUCLEAR FACILITIES ARE THE LEADING SOURCE OF CARBON-FREE ELECTRICITY IN 28 OF THE 31 STATES WHERE THEY OPERATE.  WE SIMPLY CAN'T REACH OUR ENERGY- AND CLIMATE-GOALS WITHOUT THE ELECTRICITY THAT NUCLEAR-POWER PLANTS RELIABLY GENERATE FOR OUR HOMES AND BUSINESSES.  TO HIS CREDIT, PRESIDENT OBAMA RECOGNIZES THIS:  HE KNOWS [THAT] NUCLEAR ENERGY MUST CONTINUE TO BE A MAJOR PART OF THE NATION'S ENERGY-MIX--IF CARBON-EMISSIONS ARE TO BE SUCCESSFULLY REDUCED.  WE LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THE PRESIDENT, TO ACHIEVE THESE IMPORTANT GOALS."



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