Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant: The WikiBook/Bernie Sanders
Following the 2011 Japanese nuclear accidents,US Senator Bernie Sanders called for a moratorium on the licensing of new nuclear plants and relicensing of existing ones, in an effort to slow down what's been touted as a nuclear renaissance in the United States. Sanders wrote to President Barack Obama asking for him to appoint a special commission to review the safety of U.S. nuclear plants. Sanders also wants to repeal a federal law that he says leaves the taxpayers to pick up most of the costs of a major nuclear accident. He says "in a free-enterprise system, the nuclear industry should be required to insure itself against accidents".
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Bernard "Bernie" Sanders (born September 8, 1941) is the junior Senator from Vermont. Previously, Sanders represented Vermont's at-large district in the United States House of Representatives. Sanders also served as mayor of Burlington. Sanders is a self-described democratic socialism, and has praised European social democracy. He is the first person elected to the U.S. Senate to identify as a socialist. Sanders Congressional caucus with the Democratic Party and is counted as a Democrat for the purposes of committee assignments, but because he does not belong to a formal political party, he appears as an |independent on the ballot. He was also the only independent member of the House during much of his service there.
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