Energy-Hungry Nations Warming Up to Nuclear Power

Mohamed ElBaradei, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the U.N. nuclear watchdog, sees nuclear power as regaining stature as a serious option.

Published: 22-Mar-2005

PARIS -- Only by building more nuclear-power stations can the world meet its soaring energy needs while averting environmental disaster, experts at an international conference said yesterday.

Energy ministers and officials from 74 countries were in Paris for the two-day meeting on the future of nuclear energy, as concerns about global warming and fossil-fuel supplies renew governments' interest in atomic power.

"It's clear that nuclear energy is regaining stature as a serious option," said Mohamed ElBaradei, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the U.N. nuclear watchdog, which organized the conference.

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