Lieberman, Schumer Discuss Nuclear Power

The United States “should ‘put the brakes’ on the development of nuclear power plants as the disaster in Japan unfolds, key US senator Joe Lieberman said Sunday,” the AFP reports.

"I’ve been a big supporter of nuclear power because it’s domestic — it’s ours and it’s clean," Lieberman told the CBS News television program "Face The Nation."

"We’ve had a good safety (record) with nuclear power plants here in the United States," he said.

Still, "I think we’ve got to kind of quietly and quickly put the brakes on until we can absorb what has happened in Japan as a result of the earthquake and the tsunami and then see what more, if anything, we can demand of the new power plants that are coming online," said Lieberman, who is chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee.

Meanwhile, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) says he’s “still willing to consider expanding nuclear power in the United States,” according to POLITICO.

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), the No. 3 leader of the Senate, says he’s still willing to consider expanding nuclear power in the United States, despite the growing crisis in Japan, which is struggling to avert a meltdown following an earthquake and tsunami.

"We are going to have to see what happens," Schumer said on NBC’s "Meet the Press." But, he added that the United States needs to work to free itself of dependence on foreign oil.

"I’m still willing to look at nuclear," he said. "As I have always said, it has to be done safely and carefully."

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