McCain Calls For 45 New Nuke Plants by 2030

It's time for US to reinvest in nuclear energy, candidate argues
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 19, 2008 5:05 AM CDT
The Watts Bar Nuclear Plant in Spring City, Tenn. John McCain says he wants 45 new nuclear reactors built by 2030.   (AP Photo/Tennessee Valley Authority)
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(Newser) – John McCain continued his energy campaign theme last night by calling for 45 nuclear power plants to be built by 2030, Reuters reports. He said he would eventually like to see 100 new plants to combat global warming and make the US energy independent. The nation's 104 reactors provide about 20% of US electric power, but no new plants have been built since the 1970s because of high start-up costs and concerns over waste disposal.