ELECTION 2008: ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL POLICIES OF THE CANDIDATES. NAME: Barack Hussein Obama Born August 4, 1961, in Hawaii Grew up in Hawaii, and spent a few years of childhood in Indonesia Graduated from Columbia University in 1983
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OF THE CANDIDATES
Obama:“I think we do have to look at nuclear, and what we've got to figure out is can we store the material properly? Can we make sure that they're secure? Can we deal with the expense? Because the problem is, is that a lot of our nuclear industry, it reinvents the wheel. Each nuclear power plant that is proposed has a new design, has—it, it has all kinds of changes, there are all sorts of cost overruns. So it has not been an effective option. That doesn't mean that it can't be an effective option, but we're going to have to figure out storage and safety issues. And my attitude when it comes to energy is there's no silver bullet. We've got to be—we've, we've got to look at every possible option.”
–Obama on Meet the Press, May 4, 2008
McCain: “Of the two, McCain is the most comfortable with the topic. As a Navy pilot, he landed on aircraft carriers, which today are essentially floating nuclear-powered cities. McCain calls nuclear "one of the cleanest, safest and most reliable energy sources on Earth."
"If we want to arrest global warming, then nuclear energy is a powerful, powerful ally in that cause," he said in a May speech. McCain's enthusiasm for nuclear has put him in unusual territory for a Republican: He's been praising the French, who generate 80 percent of their power from nuclear.”
-NPR News, July 21, 2008