Rick Perry: In the 1960s, nuclear energy was “cool.” Overregulation changed that

One of the things we want to do at DOE is to make nuclear energy cool again, from the standpoint of — if you remember when we were kids — well, sorry, you’re nowhere near my age — but when I was younger in the ’60s and a lot of kids wanted to go into the nuclear energy field.

At my alma mater there were a lot of young boys and girls who wanted to be nuclear engineers. That’s not so much the case today because this industry has been strangled all too often by government regulations.

—Secretary of Energy Rick Perry

Press Briefing, June 27, 2017

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