Duke new nuclear

Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers said the U.S. needs to replace older nuclear power plants despite the crisis at the Fukushima nuclear station in Japan.

Rogers said the U.S. needs to hold off on nuclear development for the time being but that, ultimately, new nuclear power plants must be built. He made the comments on CNN.

“We do need to pause. We do need to learn the lessons. We need to implement them,” he said during a video interview April 4. “More importantly, we need to start building new nuclear in this country because we’re going to start retiring our nuclear as early as 2019,” Rogers said.

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant suffered several hydrogen explosions and a leak of radioactive water into the ocean in the aftermath of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Since then, many officials globally have questioned the safety of nuclear power.

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