Today on Planet 100: Obama's Nuclear Surprise (Video)

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Planet 100 takes a look at President Obama's 2011 budget, which contained a few surprises, namely the inclusion of a large contribution to nuclear power programs.The new budget raised the eyebrows of environmentalists with the inclusion of a provision for an additional $20 billion dollars in loans for nuclear development. This would bring nuclear power's total allotment in the budget to $54 billion.

Some analysts have argued that the move is a means to generate more support for renewable energy discussions.

The budget also included a $545 million investment in "clean coal" research.

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