Today gives us a precise measure of how dangerous Republicans think it could be, not just to be seen in the same room with President Barack Obama, but in the same diagrammed sentence.
This was the big news on the AP wire:
LANHAM, Md. — Promising “this is only the beginning,” President Barack Obama announced more than $8 billion in federal loan guarantees Tuesday for the construction of the first nuclear power plant in the United States in nearly three decades.
The new $8.3 billion in federal loan guarantees will go toward the construction and operation of a pair of reactors in Burke County, Ga., by Southern Co.
Obama cast his move as both economically essential and politically attractive as he sought to put more charge into his broad energy agenda. Obama called for comprehensive energy legislation that assigns a cost to the carbon pollution of fossil fuels, giving utility companies more incentive to turn to cleaner nuclear fuel.
The impact is hard to underestimate, particularly for east Georgia. U.S. Sens. Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss quickly joined the celebration with a joint statement that began thusly:
U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., today praised the administration’s approval of the first loan guarantees for the construction and operation of two new nuclear reactors at Vogtle Electric Generating plant in Waynesboro, Ga.
Just that single reference to “the administration.” The press release continues for six more paragraphs. The word “Obama” doesn’t appear in any of them.
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