US senator calls for 100 new nuclear plants in the US by 2029

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The US should build 100 new nuclear plants in 20 years "while we figure
out renewable electricity," Senator Lamar Alexander, a Tennessee Republican,
said in a speech Wednesday at the Tennessee Valley Corridor Summit in Oak
Ridge, Tennessee.

     Alexander said "it is an aggressive goal, but with presidential
leadership it could happen." It will be 30 to 50 years before renewable
sources of electricity "are cheap enough and reliable enough to supply most of
the power to our electric grid," he said. 

     Alexander is a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works
Committee, which oversees the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and a member
of the Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development of the Appropriations
Committee, which controls the funding for the US Department of Energy.


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