Japan disaster doesn't deter Obama on nuclear power
Officials in President Barack Obama's administration sought to reassure Americans that nuclear power is safe and that danger to the U.S. from radiation coming from Japan is minimal.
Some Congressional leaders called for an evaluation of the U.S. nuclear safety practices as workers in Japan tried to control explosions, fires and radiation leaks at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in the wake of Friday's 9.0 earthquake and resultant tsunami. Some lawmakers have proposed halting new nuclear construction.
Obama has called for quicker approval and construction of nuclear power as part of his clean energy initiative to reduce reliance on technologies that emit carbon dioxide and other gases linked to climate change.
White House spokesman Jay Carney on Monday said the president still supports nuclear power and lessons from the Japanese accident will be worked into regulations.
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