Obama’s Push for Climate Legislation Includes Nuclear Energy

At a New Orleans town hall meeting, President Obama said that he is going to push for action on climate change legislation once Congress has finished work on health care. The statement should come as no surprise, as the President would like to have climate legislation signed by the Copenhagen meeting in December, although that result appears unlikely. Obama also spoke in support of nuclear energy at the town hall meeting. He said, “Japan does it and France does it and it doesn’t have greenhouse gas emissions, so it would be stupid for us not to do that in a much more effective way.” The exact timing of when climate legislation will be considered is still unclear. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus said, “I just don’t know. Frankly, I think health care reform is going to take a little longer than people think.”