A real "green" in 2008?

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by Amanda Witherell

Awesome enviro news website Grist is gauging the greenness of the presidential candidates through a series of interviews. So far none of them are perfect, but we’ll see what Dennis Kucinich has to say when he gets in front of their mike.

Also, one of our readers, Molly Johnson, sent some quotes from the candidates (from the YouTube debate, me thinks) on whether or not we need more nuclear power plants…tsk, tsk, Obama…

Read their atomic words after the jump…

Split on nuclear power

The three front-runners debated the merits of expanding nuclear power generation, with Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) supporting the idea, former Sen. John Edwards (N.C.) opposing it, and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) saying she is "agnostic" about the topic.

Obama: "I actually think that we should explore nuclear power as part of the energy mix. There are no silver bullets to this issue. We have to develop solar. I have proposed drastically increasing fuel efficiency standards on cars, an aggressive cap on the amount of greenhouse gases that can be emitted."

After touting "cellulose-based biofuels" as an alternative fuel source, Edwards said, "I do not favor nuclear power. We haven't built a nuclear power plant in decades in this country. There is a reason for that. The reason is it is extremely costly. It takes an enormous amount of time to get one planned, developed and built. And we still don't have a safe way to dispose of the nuclear waste. It is a huge problem for America over the long term."

Edwards added, "I also don't believe we should liquefy coal. The last thing we need is another carbon-based fuel in America."

Asked whether she agreed with Edwards, Clinton said: "I'm agnostic about nuclear power. John is right that until we figure out what we're going to do with the waste and the cost, it's very hard to see nuclear as a part of our future. But that's where American technology comes in. Let's figure out what we're going to do about the waste and the cost if we think nuclear should be a part of the solution."