New York, NY — The U.S. government is considering hiring up to 200,000 workers to help pay for the rebuilding of the nation’s aging nuclear arsenal, according to a draft budget outline that outlines the nations long-term energy strategy and proposes a $3.5 trillion energy investment.
In a speech last week to the National Association of Manufacturers, Vice President Mike Pence outlined the administration’s plan to help keep the country’s economy humming.
In particular, the administration is proposing a massive $400 billion expansion of the U. S. nuclear weapons arsenal that will require new construction, upgrades and the installation of nuclear power plants, the budget outline said.
The $400 Billion U. N. nuclear energy plan will be delivered over four years, the blueprint said.
It will include $100 billion in new tax revenues and an additional $300 billion in funding for new infrastructure, including the construction of the Northeast Corridor, the plan said.
Pence also outlined plans to “develop new technologies that make nuclear energy more competitive with other sources of energy and create jobs,” it said.
The plan was presented to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in the midst of a debate over the nuclear weapons buildup that has seen the country invest more than $100 trillion since 1992.
Nuclear industry groups, nuclear industry officials and former President Jimmy Carter have said the spending plan would increase costs for the nuclear industry and make it more expensive for Americans to use nuclear power.
The Trump administration has proposed slashing funding for research and development, and is considering slashing spending on research and new technologies to help balance the budget.
It is not yet clear what the Trump administration plans to do about the nuclear plants currently operating, but the proposal does mention the possibility of building new ones.
“As we work toward the goal of fully decommissioning and shutting down all of the nuclear reactors, we will continue to pursue new nuclear energy technologies that will lower costs for consumers and lower the cost of energy, as well as promote safety,” the budget outlines said.