October 8, 2008

NEI Welcomes Support for Nuclear Energy Expressed in Tuesday’s Presidential Debate

Presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama voiced support for nuclear energy during last night's campaign debate in Nashville, Tenn. Following is a statement by the Nuclear Energy Institute's president and chief executive officer, Frank L. (Skip) Bowman, reacting to the candidates' comments on nuclear energy:

"Last night's presidential debate was significant for the favorable comments from both candidates that reflect support for nuclear energy as one component of our overall energy mix. The candidates' endorsements make clear that nuclear energy is a nonpartisan issue and that both candidates are in step with broad public support for the expanded use of nuclear energy.

"In my view, the support for nuclear energy expressed by Senators McCain and Obama reflects the increasing recognition that nuclear energy is part of our nation's energy backbone, that it provides nearly 75 percent of carbon-free electricity generation, and that nuclear energy is a proven technology that strengthens our nation's energy security and thus our national security."

The Nuclear Energy Institute is the nuclear energy industry's policy organization. This news release and additional information about nuclear energy are available at www.nei.org.

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