I read a short news report in The Wall Street Journal (May 21) that simply amazed me. It announced that Obama has officially endorsed a nuclear power program. At last, I thought, our environmentalist wunderkind has grasped reality: the need to develop more nuclear power, and not just shovel money at limited or failed “alternative energy” sources such as wind, solar, and ethanol.
But the joke was on me. Obama had come out in favor of our government’s developing nuclear power in the United Arab Emirates, not in the United States of America. Yes, we will share our nuclear power technology with the UAE, which has promised not to enrich uranium or reprocess plutonium, supposedly guaranteeing that it won’t develop nuclear weapons. Obama will send this proposal (which the State Department proposed during the waning days of the Bush administration) to Congress. Congress will then have 90 days to amend or kill it.
So Obama will help others develop their nuclear power. During his campaign he promised to consider increasing its use domestically, but he has refused to make good on that promise. His hypocrisy and dishonesty are simply breathtaking.