Obama defends nuclear energy

President Barack Obama on Tuesday protected the use of nuclear energy in the face of the calamity in Japan where a nuclear power plant leaked waves in the wake of a overwhelming earthquake and tsunami.

The president told Pittsburgh television station KDKA that all power sources have their downsides but that the U.S. — which gets 20 percent of its electrical energy from nuclear power — requirements to look at the full selection of them.

The president said amenities in the U.S. are very much monitor and built to resist earthquakes, even though nothing's dependable. Proponents of nuclear power fear their efforts to win over the public to the shelter of their manufacturing have been dealt a tremendous blow by the catastrophe in Japan.

"I think it is very significant to make sure that we are doing everything we can to cover the safety and efficiency of the nuclear amenities that we have," the president said in a second TV interview Tuesday, with KOAT in Albuquerque, N.M.

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