Vitter: US Nuke Decisions Depend on Science

Wednesday, 16 Mar 2011 08:06 AM

By Hiram Reisner

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Sen. David Vitter, R-La., says any decisions made on the future of America’s nuclear program should be based on scientific fact and “not on ideology or hysteria.” Vitter Tuesday said on CNN, however, the United States’ first priority is to focus on the crisis in Japan and help its people cope with the disaster.

vitter, nuclear, decisions, science“It's simply way too early to know,” what exactly is happening in Japan, Vitter told CNN’s Piers Morgan. “We don’t have the facts and we need to base our future decisions on facts and science, not on ideology or hysteria. So that’s the main thing I've said.

“The second thing I’ve said is, look, we have an ongoing crisis going on in Japan. And we should first focus on that ongoing crisis and help and pray for the Japanese,” Vitter said. “Unfortunately, some folks around here want to use any ongoing crisis to immediately try to advance their pre-existing political agenda rather than first deal with the crisis, and secondly actually gather the facts.”

Morgan noted many Americans are worried that a nuclear catastrophe could happen on U.S. soil.

“Piers, it's an obvious question. I do blame folks, though, for jumping from there to saying we shouldn’t build another nuclear power plant ever,” Vitter said. “And you actually have some folks up here like [Massachusetts Democratic Rep.] Ed Markey pretty much saying that.

“The other reason I'm quite frankly agitated about it, is this is exactly what went on during our BP explosion and disaster in the Gulf of Mexico,” he said. “We were still suffering from an ongoing disaster with oil spewing into the gulf, when people up here weren’t focused on the crisis at hand, weren’t focused on gathering the facts, they were just trying to use and abuse the disaster to fit their pre-existing political agenda.

“It is an ongoing crisis, so our first response should be to help the Japanese with that ongoing crisis,” Vitter said.

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