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Should the United States build additional nuclear plants?
Virgil Goode, former US Representative (R-VA), stated the following on his campaign website page "The Issues," available at www.goodeforpresident2012.com (accessed May 8, 2012):
"The United States must develop its own resources and alternative fuel sources. Hydrogen, biodiesel, and other alternative energy sources have potential in making us less dependent on foreign fossil fuels. I also support the utilization of nuclear power and expanded drilling opportunities for natural gas and oil in this country so that our energy needs are met by domestic and not foreign sources." May 8, 2012 Virgil Goode
Gary Johnson, former Governor of New Mexico, stated the following on Nov. 2, 2011, during an online Town Hall meeting, "Green Energy vs. Fossil Fuels vs. Nuclear - Gary Johnson Online Town Hall Q&A 11-2," available at YouTube.com:
"I’m a free market guy when it comes to energy. In a free market approach to energy I don't know if we build any new nuclear facilities given that no private underwriter is going to underwrite the liabilities associated with nuclear. I am open to seeing the government in a role to do that. It is an exciting notion to me that we have zero carbon emission from nuclear and the new electrical generation facilities are a one refuel for fifty years of life. To me that’s a really exciting prospect." Nov. 2, 2011 Gary Johnson
Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States, stated the following during his Feb. 23, 2012 speech at the University of Miami, "Remarks by the President on Energy," available at www.whitehouse.gov:
"[W]e’ve got to have a sustained, all-of-the-above strategy that develops every available source of American energy. Yes, oil and gas, but also wind and solar and nuclear and biofuels, and more... We supported the first new nuclear power plant in three decades." Feb. 23, 2012 Barack Obama
Mitt Romney, former Governor of Massachusetts, stated the following on his campaing website page "Energy," available at www.mittromney.com (accessed May 9, 2012):
"As president, Mitt Romney will make every effort to safeguard the environment, but he will be mindful at every step of also protecting the jobs of American workers...
The first step will be a rational and streamlined approach to regulation, which would facilitate rapid progress in the development of our domestic reserves of oil and natural gas and allow for further investment in nuclear power...
[Mitt Romney would like to] [e]xpand NRC [Nuclear Regulatory Commission] capabilities for approval of additional nuclear reactor designs." Mitt Romney
Jill Stein, MD, former Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, stated the following in her Jan. 2012 speech "A People's State of the Union: A Green New Deal for America," available at www.jillstein.org:
“A new world really is possible. We can, and must, shift to an economy in which 100% of our electricity is generated renewably. We can and must leave the old economy behind – which was based on mining, extraction, and dirty dangerous expensive nuclear power. We can and must stop poisoning ourselves, our children, and other living beings.” Jan. 2012 Jill Stein
Ron Paul, US Representative (R-TX), stated the following during a Mar. 15, 2011 interview with David Asman on Fox News' FOX Business Show, available at YouTube.com:
"David Asman: The overreaction about nuclear energy [after the Fukushima incident], do you think there is some of that going on in the beltway?
Ron Paul: Oh I think a lot of it is overreaction... I think nuclear energy is very very dangerous, but I’m also convinced it is the safest form of energy that we can have...
The regulators are going to be down here, the environmentalists are going to go nuts... I'm scared to death they are going to quit building nuclear power plants here. After 35 years we finally got around to doing it and I imagine just like they closed down drilling in the gulf in deep water, they will probably close down any more development...
David Asman: Do you think that there will be another nuclear energy plant built in the United States in our lifetime? Ron Paul: I wouldn't bet a lot of money on it. I think it should." Mar. 15, 2012 Ron Paul
Buddy Roemer, former Governor of Louisiana, stated the following in his Apr. 19, 2012 video "Governor Buddy Roemer on Global Warming," available at YouTube.com:
"I enjoy having a variety of energy sources in America, produced domestically. Strengthen our dollar, lower the price of oil, and move on to other kinds of energy. I would include nuclear and I would include natural gas... nuclear can be safe but it's not safe now. We store nuclear fuels at each of these sites. I would open Yucca Mountain and store it wisely and well. I would use everything in America to be free." Apr. 19, 2012 Buddy Roemer