Bush for N-construction by 2010
US President George W Bush has warned that US dependency on oil left the country "hostage" to countries that may be hostile and urged new nuclear plant construction by 2010.india Updated: Feb 24, 2006 18:47 IST
US President George W Bush has warned that US dependency on oil left the country "hostage" to countries that may be hostile and urged new nuclear plant construction by 2010.
"Some of the nations we rely on for oil have unstable governments, or fundamental differences with the United States," he said on Monday during a trip here, without naming the countries to which he was referring.
"These countries know we need their oil and that reduces influence. It creates a national security issue when we're held hostage for energy by foreign nations that may not like us," said Bush.
Drawing on the examples of France, China, and India, the president pushed a 1.1 billion dollar programme to promote the construction of new nuclear power plants, something the United States has not done since the 1970s.
"We ought to start building nuclear power plants again. I think it makes sense to do so. Technology is such that we can do so and say to the American people, these are safe -- and they're important," he said.
The US leader, echoing remarks he made at his State of the Union speech last month, said the United States was "addicted" to oil and that some crude imports came from countries that have "unstable governments or fundamental differences with the United States."
In his speech to the US Congress on January 31, Bush called for research into ethanol, coal-fired plants, solar and wind technologies and nuclear energy so that 75 per cent of oil imports from the Middle East can be replaced by 2025.