(National Sentinel) Energy: There has not been a new nuclear power plant built in the United States in ages, in large part because the federal regulatory regime regarding such plants has strangled the industry.

Energy Secretary Rick Perry and President Donald J. Trump want to change that. They’d love to make nuclear energy “cool again,” in the words of the former Texas governor.

“When I was younger in the ’60s … a lot of kids wanted to go into the nuclear energy field,” Perry, speaking White House reporters at the press briefing room on Wednesday, said. “At my alma mater there were a lot of young boys and girls who wanted to be nuclear engineers.”

Today, however, the industry has been “strangled” to death by regulations, he noted.

“One of the things we want to do at DOE is to make nuclear energy cool again,” he said.

As reported by Breitbart News:

The New York Times reported that construction of nuclear power plants has “all but disappeared in the United States,” thanks to an increasingly burdened regulatory system after Toshiba announced in February their decision to shut down Westinghouse, a nuclear power subsidiary in America.

But President Donald Trump wants to change that.

In May of 2016, the president included nuclear energy in his speech on developing the country’s energy resources, vowing to reduce the regulatory burdens in the United States.

“We will get the bureaucracy out of the way of innovation, so we can pursue all forms of energy,” Trump promised.

In March, Trump signed an executive order instructing all agencies to review regulations pertaining to the nuclear power industry, with an eye towards eliminating those deemed needless and overly burdensome.

At the White House, the press gaggle, filled with Alt-Left believers in the Church of Climate Change, pressed Perry on the issue, perhaps completely unaware that nuclear power plants emit nothing in terms of harmful “greenhouse gases.”

“I believe no clean energy portfolio is truly complete without nuclear power, and so does the President,” he responded, as he called for the development of advanced nuclear reactors and small modular nuclear reactors.

Breitbart noted another reason why Perry and Trump want to revitalize nuclear power:

The push for nuclear energy has national security implications as well. The Westinghouse bankruptcy was a setback for America’s effort to provide nuclear fuel to European countries, something that Russia and China are pursuing.

Perry warned further that Russia and China were actively pursuing nuclear energy technology to “leverage their political place” around the globe.

“We need as a county, I think, to again bring us to that place where the nuclear energy is a part of a portfolio and to be able to sell it in great truthfulness and honesty about what it can add to America both from an environmental standpoint and from a security standpoint,” he said.

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