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Nuclear energy institute president -- -- hotels says President Obama and his administration -- putting politics before science.
The Washington Times brought us the story last week today we have mom and for -- tell -- himself he joins us now.
So welcome to the program.
I think you took issue with the interview that I did with The Washington Times well I said.
That the Yucca Mountain.
Nuclear waste storage facility it was going to be closed and about the apple would be the death.
Of nuclear power in the future you take issue with that -- Yes I do Stewart -- -- good afternoon to you.
We're in the process right now of actually building plants we expect we'll have four -- eight plants operational.
As we speak companies are actually doing site preparation ordering long lead time items and going through licensing its Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
So look despite any decision on Yucca we're gonna see new plants built on our country.
How well thought.
Didn't hit the environmentalists are gonna say wait -- -- you can -- -- you can't license this facilitate you can't finish building this facility because you've got nothing to do with the spent fuel rods when you built it and it -- cooperate.
You may be building them.
But I would suggest -- that you've -- -- have a very hard time finishing them I'm -- let's remember you represent the nuclear industry you have.
Have to -- -- a fairly positive spin on this.
Well but a realistic -- First all the environmental -- as environmentalists are very concerned about climate change.
They recognize that nuclear energy is three quarters suffered non emitting.
Generation -- country and that's our second -- source.
A generation of electricity in the country but some of the -- nuclear device that so yeah I want come on some of them really the anti nuclear folks will say what you said most environmentalists.
Oppose nuclear up out -- -- it's blasphemy.
-- -- -- -- -- I beg to differ on most environmentalists I think most anti nuclear folks -- but but I agree with one thing you are saying.
Is that the administration has made a decision at Yucca Mountain is not the option.
For moving are you -- And they now are looking out what plan B should be and I think their obligation is to tell the American public and to tell our industry and all the people that have contributed money.
For the removal of use fuel from the sites what the plan BIs and looking forward to hearing that from the administration and working with them to implement the administration.
Does not want nuclear power.
They want solid they want when they want geothermal -- -- that but they really have no heart in nuclear power I think you'd agree with that.
Well the secretary of energy has come out very strongly saying that nuclear energy is very important.
To our energy mix the undersecretary who just went through confirmation last Thursday asked explicitly about nuclear energy talked about its importance.
So I agree there's a lot more passion on renewables and we would like to see a similar passion by the administration on nuclear.
But I would in no way characterize them as anti nuclear.
OK -- hotel the president of the nuclear energy institute thanks for joining.
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