U.S. Sells China Nuclear Technology
DECEMBER 18, 2006
The head of the U.S. Government agency that claims to protect the nation’s nuclear and energy security is behind Communist China’s multi billion-dollar purchase of nuclear reactors from an American company.
China’s state-owned China National Nuclear Corporation will pay Westinghouse Electric Co. between $5 billion and $8 billion for nuclear reactors that will provide the communist regime with sophisticated technology and capability that could threaten America’s national security.
The secretary of the United States Department of Energy, Samuel Bodman, and China’s minister of national development, Ma Kai, ironed out the deal over the weekend. Appointed by President George W. Bush in 2005, Bodman was unanimously confirmed by the Senate to lead the massive agency with an annual budget of around $23 billion and more than 100,000 employees.
Critics of the controversial Chinese deal say that a Bush cabinet official’s endorsement is what made it possible and discouraged lawmakers from intervening. The deal’s timing is also a key factor because it was sealed after Congress adjourned for the year.
Lawmakers have interfered in two recent deals that threatened the country’s national security because they would have provided threatening technology to foreign governments. The first was a bid by a Chinese-controlled oil and gas company for U.S.-owned Unocal and the second was a Dubai company taking control of operations at American sea ports.
The Communist Chinese acquisition of mega nuclear reactors from a U.S. company evidently is not enough of a threat to merit intervention. For its part, Westinghouse Electric, which bills itself as the world’s pioneering nuclear power company, repeatedly thanked China in a press release.
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