On nuclear power, U.S. won’t do ‘anything different’

As Japan deals with explosions at two nuclear reactors following the earthquake and tsunami there, White House officials on Monday defended the use of nuclear power in the United States .

“At this time, we don’t have any information that would cause us to do anything different,”said Gregory B. Jaczko, chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, at a White House briefing.

White House press secretary Jay Carney, at the same briefing, also defended the use of nuclear power, saying it “remains a part of the president's overall energy plan.”

Obama has embraced the use of nuclear power throughout his administration. But after the problems in Japan, Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) has called for a temporary halt in the construction of new nuclear plants. The Obama administration has not supported that idea.

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