[ RadSafe ] Entergy president says nuclear power key to
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Entergy president says nuclear power key to independence
LITTLE ROCK (AP) - The head of Entergy Corp. says nuclear power is
the way to go to reduce the country's reliance on foreign oil and
avoid the rising costs of natural gas.
"I don't think there's any question that nuclear power is the only
solution," Entergy president J. Wayne Leonard said at the utility's
annual shareholders meeting in Little Rock.
Leonard said the country's energy policy should focus on reducing
pollution caused by coal-fired plants and developing "zero-emissions
plants through nuclear technology."
"We've tried hedging strategies to buy natural gas, but there's only
so much you can do," he said. "Liquid natural gas is years away.
There's a lack of new technologies that have proven effective. And
hydrogen, while it gets a lot of talk, requires natural gas to form
and it produces more carbon dioxide.
"With the industry now conceding the problem of global warming, we
absolutely have to have nuclear power along with the efficient use of
coal in order to have a sound energy policy," he said.
Leonard noted that well-head prices for natural gas were more than
twice as high as in 2000, and said that nuclear power once plagued by
safety concerns in the 70s and 80s has regained the confidence of
politicians and the public.
Last month, President Bush said nuclear energy was the most promising
step toward increased energy independence and he called for new
construction of nuclear power plants. The United States has 103
commercial nuclear plants that provide about 20 percent of the
nation's electric power. But none has been built since the 1970s.
Currently, Entergy has an early site permit pending with the Nuclear
Regulatory Commission to build a second reactor at Entergy's Grand
Gulf plant at Port Gibson, Miss.
Entergy Arkansas Inc., which is part of New Orleans-based Entergy
Corp., is Arkansas' largest electric utility with about 667,000
residential, commercial and industrial customers. It operates a
nuclear power plant near Russellville.
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