But what about the nuclear waste issue? The administration is reportedly looking for new waste dump sites now, after rulling out Yucca Mountain in Nevada, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's home state.
I can't quite understand how we can begin building new nuclear power plants across America before we've found a place to dump the radioactive waste that these plants produce. But I guess this waste is now safe, given the President's declaration.
And how about the cost issue? Didn't the building of the Seabrook nuclear plant in New Hampshire bankrupt one New England utility and nearly bankrupt a number of others in the 1980s? Has that problem been solved as well?
Finally, I don't quite understand the politics here. Do the president's political strategists really believe that his support for nuclear power is going to win over Republican votes for Democrats in the mid-term elections? Or Tea Party votes? I don't see it.
What I do see is that this will cost the president environmentally minded people in his base.