Reuters, Alina Selyukh: Although no U.S. company now reuses its nuclear waste, the country has a long-running history with the technology. Following are timeline highlights of the U.S. inquiry into reprocessing and events that framed it. Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton were most influential in stopping reprocessing of used nuclear fuel. This material along with depleted uranium from enrichment programs can provide all the electrical energy needs at 1994 levels for over 700 years. If our enemies took this much energy away from America, there would be all out war. But our Presidents and Congress can do that without much of a stir from the American people.
George W. Bush, Former President of the United States of America: We are gathered in the cause of liberty at this unique moment. Great democracies face new and serious threats – yet seem to be losing confidence in their calling and competence. Economic, political and national security challenges proliferate, and they are made worse by the tendency to turn inward. The health of the democratic spirit itself is at issue. And the renewal of that spirit is the urgent task at hand. ... ... How do we begin to encourage a new, 21st century American consensus on behalf of democratic freedom and free markets? That’s the question I posed to scholars at the Bush Institute. Pete Wehner and Tom Melia have answered with their “The Spirit of Liberty: At Home, In The World,” a Call to Action paper.