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Memo to the President-Elect (Part 1)

A clear and present need for nuclear energy expansion.

Fortnightly Magazine - November 2008

aftermath of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans and the Gulf coast, weather extremes like the flooding and tornados in the American Midwest and the recent disastrous heat waves throughout Europe, as well as the impact of El Niño and La Niña weather events (http://www.elnino.noaa.gov/).

7. Energy security means both physical protection of the existing and future infrastructure (as discussed in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Plan), and also ensuring that there is an adequate and diverse supply of necessary fuels to power the American economy over the near- and long-terms.

8. U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Energy Information Administration (EIA), 2008; U.S. Emissions in a Global Perspective; http://www.eia.doe.gov/oiaf/1605/ggrpt/. In EIA’s 2005 emissions inventory report, total U.S. energy-related carbon dioxide emissions in 2004 (including nonfuel uses of fossil fuels) were estimated at 5,923.2 MMT. With the 2004 world total for energy-related carbon dioxide emissions estimated at 26,922 MMT, U.S. emissions were about 22 percent of the world's total.

9. World Nuclear Association, 2008; World Nuclear Power Reactors 200 6-08 and Uranium Requirements , http://www.world-nuclear.org/info/reactors.html.

10. World Nuclear Association, 2005; “Supply of Uranium;” http://www.world- nuclear.org/info .

11. Glenn Seaborg, “ Nuclear Reaction, Why Do Americans Fear Nuclear Power? Frontline Show #1511, aired 22 April 1997 .

12. Dwight D. Eisenhower, “ Atoms for Peace ” Speech, Dec. 8, 1953 .

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