Gregoire Calls for More Nuke Plants

Gov. Chris Gregoire is applauding President Barack Obama’s recent push for nuclear power — a stance that could cause political headaches in her state.

Gregoire, a Democrat, met with Obama and 10 other governors Wednesday to talk abut energy. Obama called for increased ethanol production and new technology to limit pollution from the use of coal.

Gregoire has spent much of her career working to ensure cleanup of the Hanford nuclear reservation in Washington state. She says the Northwest is in good shape to develop alternative energy sources such as hydropower, wind, solar and — increasingly — cellulosic ethanol from wood chips and grass. She says nuclear energy must be part of that mix.