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President Obama has made it clear that nuclear power must play a role in America's drive for a clean energy future. By backing nuclear power, the President seen as trying to win GOP support for his bigger environmental and climate goals.  On this rebroadcast of today's To the Point, did he give away something for nothing? What’s he getting in return? On this rebroadcast of To the Point, guest host Chery Glaser considers the political, economic and environmental considerations of the President's decision. Also, the Dalai Lama, political leader or pop icon? On Reporter's Notebook, bringing an X-Games sensibility to the Winter Olympics. 

Banner image: The Exelon Byron Nuclear Generating Stations running at full capacity 14 May, 2007 in Byron, Illinois, is one of 17 nuclear reactors at 10 sites in three US states. It's the nation's largest operator of commercial nuclear power plants and third largest in the world. Photo: Jeff Haynes/AFP/Getty Images

Producers:
Andrea Brody
Frances Anderton
Katie Cooper

Making News Dalai Lama: Political Leader or Pop Icon? 10 MIN, 32 SEC

Obama-DL.jpgPresident Obama welcomed the Dalai Lama to the White House today. The meeting was to have taken place last year, but was postponed out of concern that it could trouble the waters ahead of a US-China summit last fall. After his stay in Washington, the Dalai Lama heads to southern California for an appearance at the Gibson Amphitheatre on Sunday, on behalf of the nonprofit organization Whole Child International. Robert Barnett is Director of the Modern Tibet Program at Columbia University.

Guests:
Robert Barnett, Director of Modern Tibetan Studies, Columbia University

Reporter's Notebook Fashion Makes a Big Statement at the Winter Olympics 8 MIN, 46 SEC

wescott.jpgThe Winter Olympics are full of tradition: the Downhill, Biathlon and graceful Ski Jumping. But a new sensibility has been creeping in and gaining strength this year, with the growing popularity of X Game-style events. American snowboarder Seth Wescott, may be the first Olympian ever to claim a Gold medal wearing jeans. He's just one of the Olympians making headlines this week, as much for what they're wearing as for their performance, according to Jerry Brewer, sports columnist for the Seattle Times.

Guests:
Jerry Brewer, Sports Columnist, Seattle Times

Main Topic Revving Up the Debate over Nuclear Energy 33 MIN, 32 SEC

It's been 30 years since a nuclear reactor was built in the US. But in his State of the Union address, President Obama called for a new generation of safe, clean nuclear power plants to help satisfy part of the country's growing energy needs and rein in climate change. This week, he took steps to help make that happen, announcing another $36 billion in new federal loan guarantees to build nuclear power plants, on top the $18 billion already budgeted. But is nuclear energy safe? Is it the most cost-effective and efficient way to cut greenhouse gas emissions?

Guests:
Matt Wald, New York Times (@MattWaldNYT)
James Connaughton, Constellation Energy
Ellen Vanco, Nuclear Energy and Climate Change Project Manager, Union of Concerned Scientists
Jose Reyes, Chief Technology Officer, NuScale Power

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