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.