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While Japanese officials struggle to contain the dangers from nuclear plants on the brink of a meltdown after Friday's earthquake some US politicians.
Calling for you rethinking the building new reactors right here.
Of course senator Joseph Lieberman was one of the first right of way we've we've been showing you that all day -- congressman Ed Markey.
Both of them saying we need a moratorium.
To shut it down for the moment on any new nuclear power projects while safety risks are better assess.
But Republican congressman Jason.
Chase it says we can't wait yeah he's real job where plans for new plant capable of supplying 50% of the State's electricity needs.
Heart risk of being -- congressmen good to have you here thanks for being in its early stages we still don't know if there's a technically.
Tech an official meltdown if you will -- the reactors now in question.
But shouldn't it caused some pause in our own plants.
Well I think we obviously need to think through all the contingencies was something that so volatile.
We haven't been bringing on nuclear power plants on a regular basis so.
Did just what a flat out now moratorium I don't think it's necessarily the most prudent way of course you -- -- take care that the worst case scenario of course we want to make sure they're safe and secure as possible.
But they are still.
Years and years and years away if not more than ten years away before the next power -- can possibly.
OK so there are at twenty permits pending in the United States and we already have about a 104 that are -- running.
Talk about the one that is near the Green River that is of course is in Utah a boy this could solve a lot of energy problems I know that for your state.
How -- the residents around the area.
Welcoming it or fighting -- I can imagine -- there's the not my backyard crowd but then of course there are people who must before it.
Well there are lots of people the benefit from the energy there there are so many jobs that are associated with.
Nobody wants to take the undue risk that.
Would you know we haven't explored all the possibilities how to deal with all the contingency.
I happen to be one that believes in all of the above we ought to be exploring and expanding the use of coal and we should be drilling up -- man were we going to be doing all of these things.
Instead of the status quo which is -- let us be totally dependent on outside countries when your energy policy is dependent upon Venezuela and Nigeria and Libya.
For your very own well being that's just unacceptable so now let's pursue the nuclear let's pursue the call let's pursue that.
The energy it's -- and and -- all of the above that's where I've come from and that's where I continue to be.
The Fukushima plant was built in the early 1970s not as bad as -- noble but it was old technology I assume.
The technology of the new -- being decided you -- any new nuclear plant.
Is gonna be light years ahead in terms of safety paradigms than the one that's blown up.
Well absolutely I think obviously with the disasters are having to deal with than in Asia and our arch is off volleys people who are suffering at the moment.
Of course everybody's going to be as cognizant has.
As as possible that the reality is our world does need to continue on we do have very real energy needs and we need to continue to pursue all -- And it's.
Representative thank you very much for joining us Jayson chase that's frank -- wolf keep.
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