he said "nuclear power should be part of the energy mix" which it already is. he doesnt propose any new nuclear in his energy solution. He said (in the debate with McCain) he "would consider nuclear power if it can be proven safe and the waste issue can be dealt with". He therefore implies he dont consider it safe now. Also, he says (see your reference) that the yucca mountain storage facility cannot be an option for waste.
The final dagger to nulcear power growth in the US came when he appointed Browner as his "energy czar". She is a Gore chronnie and very anti-nuclear.
the recent rise in UEC n ot expalinable by any industry events or trends. It must be some mailings to households that touits this penny stock as the next 10 bagger. I would say 2 cents is more realistic than a 10-bagger (imo) but do your own DD.