Bush defends Indo-US nuclear deal

Bush said it is "good policy" for America to encourage emerging economies to use clean energy like nuclear power.

india Updated: Feb 18, 2006 14:23 IST

US President George W Bush has defended the civilian nuclear energy arrangement with India.

Referring to India Bush said it is "good policy" for America to encourage emerging economies to use clean energy like nuclear power.

"I believe that it's good policy for the United States to encourage these emerging economies to use clean energy, nuclear power, so as to help reduce demand for kind of non-renewables. And so I'm going to talk to them about development of a civilian nuclear power industry", Bush said.

Bush was answering a question from the audience during a meeting at Tampa in Florida on Friday.

The President, who said he would be visiting India "on March the 1st", said the deal was in the interests of the United States.

"But this expansion of nuclear power -- ..It's in our interests," Bush said, adding "..We've got to get off of hydrocarbons. We just do. And I'm a believer in nuclear power".

Speaking on the issues concerning spent fuel, Bush said he was "convinced we can work internationally to address those issues".

The White House also indicated yesterday that Bush would be talking about energy, especially nuclear energy, in his radio address on Saturday.

First Published: Feb 18, 2006 08:57 IST