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McCain vows to build more nuclear reactors

Republican presidential nominee John McCain has said that he wanted 45 new nuke reactors built in the United States by 2030.

world Updated: Jun 20, 2008 11:43 IST

Favouring nuclear energy to meet the future energy demands, Republican presidential nominee John McCain has said that he wanted 45 new nuke reactors built in the United States by 2030.

"If I am elected president, I will set this nation on a course to building 45 new reactors by the year 2030, with the ultimate goal of 100 new plants to power the homes and factories and cities of America. This task will be as difficult as it is necessary," McCain said at Arlington, Virginia.

Citing the examples of India and China, which are rapidly turning to nuclear power to fulfill their increasing fuel requirements, the Arizona senator said that the US too need to find new sources of power and a "national campaign should be started achieve the energy security for America."

"China, Russia, and India are all planning to build more than a hundred new power plants among them in the coming decades," McCain said.

"Across Europe there are 197 reactors in operation, and nations including France and Belgium derive more than half their electricity from nuclear power. And if all of these nations can find a way to carry out great goals in energy policy, then I assure you that the United States is more than equal to the challenge" he contended.

Echoing the views of President George W Bush on the energy challenges and alternatives for America, the Arizona senator said "It's pretty clear to most of us that when it comes to energy, what we really need is to produce more, use less, and find new sources of power.

"The next president must be willing to break with the energy policies not just of the current administration, but the administrations that preceded it."

Energy and the soaring prices of oil in the international market has become a major election issue as Senator McCain and his Democratic rival Senator Barack Obama begin to slug it out even before the formal nominations and conventions are out of the way.

Referring to rival Barak Obama's statement on nuclear energy in which he has shown his unenthusiastic approach to the nuke power, McCain said, "One obstacle to expanding our nuclear-powered electricity is the mindset of those who prefer to buy time and hope that our energy problems will somehow solve themselves."

"It has a lot more to do with the politics of matter than with the merits. And you can observe this approach even in the case of the senator from the state with more nuclear power plants than any other," McCain added.