On Tuesday, President Obama’s State of the Union address touched briefly on the all-of-the-above energy strategy that his administration has made a priority for the past few years. However, one thing missing from his remarks about energy was nuclear power. Nuclear energy production must remain an important component of any successful U.S. energy strategy and part of the global climate change solution.
As President Obama rightly noted, “[America’s] energy policy is creating jobs and leading to a cleaner, safer planet.” Nuclear power isn’t the only answer to American energy needs, nor should it be. But it is an important part of the well-balanced solution. The United States is leading the way to safer and more economical plants and the sector continues to innovate and improve the technology for the next generation of nuclear energy facilities. Progressives must not run from supporting nuclear energy and should continue to consider it a viable clean energy alternative as part of a comprehensive energy plan.