Rolando Hernandez 03/22/10 Phil: Ethics 201 Prof. Sosa Nuclear Energy Obama made a promise, during his inaugural address, for “building a new generation of safe, clean nuclear power plants in this country.” In pursuit of this vision, the president announced last week that he was tripling to more than $54 billion the amount of guaranteed loan money made available by the government for the development of new nuclear plants. What’s needed more than increased funds from the government, however, is the streamlined approval of license applications already pending at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). Letting nuclear power compete on a level playing field would position the American economy for future success. The promise of nuclear energy is a key way to balance the responsibility entrusted to us by God to be good stewards of our economic as well as natural resources. There is an assumption that over the next twenty years nearly 100 new nuclear power plants will be built, each one representing a significant source of new jobs and long-term
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