McCain calls for building 45 new nuclear reactors …

July 5, 2008

Sen. John McCain called Wednesday for the construction of 45 new nuclear reactors by 2030 and pledged $2 billion a year in federal funds ”to make clean coal a reality,” measures designed to reduce dependence on foreign oil.

In a third straight day of campaigning devoted to the energy issue, the Republican presidential nominee-in-waiting also said the only time Democratic rival Barack Obama voted for a tax cut was for a ”break for the oil companies.”

McCain said the 104 nuclear reactors currently operating around the country produce about 20 percent of the nation’s annual electricity needs.

“Remember: the most perfect machinery of government

will not keep us as a nation from destruction

if there is not within us a soul.”

— President Theodore Roosevelt, 1917

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