John McCain will tour a nuclear power plant in suburban Detroit today. It's the first time in recent history a presidential candidate has visited one.
McCain touts nuclear energy as part of his solution to achieving greater energy independence in America. He's calling for construction of 45 new nuclear power plants by the year 2030.
McCain argues its carbon-free power generation is part of any realistic energy program, and says it's needed to reduce the country's reliance on oil imports. He says that Barack Obama's opposition to it is naive.
Besides expanded nuclear power generation, McCain is also pushing to increase offshore drilling and is proposing a 300 million dollar prize for developing a revolutionary automobile battery.