23 June 2005 - US President, George W. Bush, has given the clearest indication yet that his government will commission more nuclear power plants in the near future.
Speaking yesterday at the Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant in Maryland, US, Bush said: "In the 21 Century, our nation will need more electricity, more safe, clean reliable electricity. It is time for this country to start building nuclear power plants again."
America's energy consumption has grown about 40 times faster than its energy production according to Bush, who hopes to have his attempt to pass the energy bill through the Senate declared a success by August.
America has not ordered a nuclear plant since the 1970s a time when safety issues brought the future of nuclear power into question. Bush said: "People have got to understand that advances in sciences and engineering and plant design have made nuclear plants far safer, far safer than ever before."
There are currently 103 nuclear power plants in the US, which produce about 20 per cent of the nation's electricity.
In the speech, Bush also pledged to help China and India become more efficient in their energy use in order to drive down oil prices, a subject he will discuss at the G8 summit in Scotland next month.