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Virginia Democrat Supports Republican Bill To Boost Nuclear Power

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Virginia Democratic Senator Jim Webb is co-sponsoring a plan  that doubles U.S. nuclear plants with federal loan guarantees.
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Virginia Democratic Senator Jim Webb is co-sponsoring a plan that doubles U.S. nuclear plants with federal loan guarantees.

By Eric Niiler

Virginia Democratic Senator Jim Webb has thrown his support behind a Republican bill to boost nuclear power in the U.S. Webb says he doesn't like the Democrat's climate change legislation. He says the cap and trade bill with its pollution credit market is too complex.

Webb is co-sponsoring a plan with a Republican from Tennessee that doubles U.S. nuclear plants with federal loan guarantees. He says building one hundred new reactors is more realistic than running a cap and trade system.

"What we have here is something that is targeted. It's achievable. These are things we know we can do; that's what is so important about it to me. It will increase our ability to resolve carbon dioxide emissions outside of this other bill."

The bill also provides one and a half billion dollars to develop ways of recycling nuclear waste. But critics say the government needs to figure out the waste issue before building more nuclear plants.

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