September 19th, 2008
02:31 PM ET
13 years ago

Fact Check: Is Obama against nuclear power?

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caption="McCain has pushed for more nuclear power – and claimed Obama is completely opposed to it."]
The Statement:

At a town hall meeting Wednesday in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Sen. John McCain repeated a standard line from his stump speech in support of nuclear power, telling voters that it's "clean and it's safe and we can recycle - excuse me - reprocess and we can store. My opponent is against nuclear power. ... "

Get the facts after the jump!

The Facts:

Sen. Barack Obama tells crowds that his policy "as president, I will tap our natural gas reserves, invest in clean coal technology and find ways to safely harness nuclear power."

The Obama-Biden New Energy for America plan, posted on the Obama Web site in June, has a bullet-point section involving diversification of energy sources entitled "safe and secure nuclear energy."

Watch: What is Obama's position on nuclear energy?

"Nuclear power represents more than 70 percent of our non-carbon generated electricity. It is unlikely that we can meet our aggressive climate goals if we eliminate nuclear power as an option," the plan said.

Obama does say that nuclear fuel and waste security, waste storage, and proliferation must be taken into account "before an expansion of nuclear power is considered."

Verdict: False

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