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Officials at the National Nuclear Security Administration say America's nuclear weapons arsenal is "under constant attack."
Eric Leeds, the director of the Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris to discuss recommendations made in the aftermath of the Japanese nuclear crisis.
America will need 20% more electricity by 2030 and there's a lot of talk about clean energy to meet that demand. Wind and solar power provide viable energy options. But they cannot do it alone. Solar and wind operate only when the sun shines or the wind blows. Nuclear energy is the only large-scale power source emitting no greenhouse gases, operating 24/7, keeping electric costs affordable.
Today, nuclear energy supplies 20% of the nation's electricity without emitting any greenhouse gases. Nuclear energy produces large amount of electricity with a small environmental footprint. To match the output of just two nuclear reactors with wind power would require land 10 times the size of Washington, D.C. Matching that same nuclear energy production with biomass power would require land larger than Delaware.
There is a lot of talk about clean energy, but what are the facts? Many people don't realize nuclear energy accounts for nearly three-quarters of all U.S. electricity production that doesn't emit greenhouse gases. To meet the 2050 climate change goals in legislation approved recently by the House of Representatives, the Environmental Protection Agency estimates the need for 180 new nuclear power plants.
David Hoffman, contributing editor to Foreign Policy and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and its Dangerous Legacy"
Jeanne Cummings, assistant managing editor for Politico
Federal regulators say there are no environmental issues to prevent a new nuclear power plant at the North Anna Power Plant, but environmentalists don't want to see it built.
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