On Capitol Hill, members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee grilled the secretary of Energy about the Obama administration's support for nuclear energy, in light of the crisis in Japan. Steven Chu defended the president's overall push for energy sources that don't aggravate the greenhouse gas effect.
Japan's nuclear crisis has dampened enthusiasm in the U.S. for nuclear power as an alternative to greenhouse gas power sources such as coal. Fears are especially acute along the earthquake-prone West Coast. But advocates of nuclear power say those fears are misplaced because newer reactor designs are less vulnerable to a meltdown — even if they're abandoned in an emergency.
For U.S. troops in Afghanistan looking to return home, a little reason for optimism. On Wednesday, the top American commander in Afghanistan General David Petraeus spoke before Congress about draw downs. He said some combat forces could return as part of the initial withdrawal this July.