NEI wants nuclear in White House climate order

The Nuclear Energy Institute has expressed its dismay with a recent order from the White House that requires all executive branch agencies to obtain 20 percent of their electricity from renewable energy sources by 2020 but neglects to acknowledge the role of nuclear energy in reducing the country’s carbon emissions.

“It is extremely disappointing that the mandate to federal agencies did not include instructions to procure electricity from nuclear power plants as part of the federal government’s initiative to reduce carbon emissions,” NEI President and CEO Marvin Fertel noted in a Dec. 12 letter to President Obama.

Fertel said the nuclear energy industry believes that the Dec. 5 Presidential Memorandum to executive agencies, part of the administration’s climate action plan, should be taken as a broad-based commitment to reduce carbon emissions and not “just a mandate to promote only renewable energy.”

Fertel notes that the administration has already acknowledged the major role that nuclear energy can and must play “in any credible national plan to reduce carbon emissions” and continues to support the development of nuclear technology both domestically and overseas.