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The next step. Tell Obama: No Nukes in Senate Climate Bill   :)




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June 30, 2009

Dear Friends,

Now that the House has finished its version of the climate bill, it's time to turn our attention back to the Senate-and to the White House.

President Obama issued a statement praising passage of the House bill that said, in part, "The energy bill that passed the House will finally create a set of incentives that will spark a clean energy transformation in our economy.  It will spur the development of low carbon sources of energy - everything from wind, solar, and geothermal power to safer nuclear energy and cleaner coal."

But there was nothing in the bill that would make nuclear power any "safer," and "clean coal" remains an oxymoron.

*We need to tell President Obama not to let the climate bill get hijacked by the nuclear power and coal industries. You can do so here.

*Please pass this Alert on to your friends and colleagues, post it everywhere you can, spread the word. And please make a small contribution so we can expand this campaign and spread the word farther too!

The Senate Energy Committee already has passed an absolutely unacceptable energy bill, one that allows a nine-member unelected Board to give unlimited taxpayer loan guarantees for new reactor construction and "clean coal" plants, supports nuclear as a "clean and secure domestic energy for the US," and provides new support for dangerous, proliferation-prone reprocessing technologies.

The game plan in the Senate appears to be this: Sen. Barbara Boxer's Environment and Public Works Committee will soon begin public work on their version of the cap-and-trade climate legislation. The Senate energy bill, or a version of it, will be incorporated into the climate bill and brought to the floor for a vote.

We need to make sure that the nuclear subsidies in the Senate energy bill do not become part of the Senate climate bill and that additional subsidies for nuclear power are not added. And a good first step (and there will be many more steps in the near future…) is to tell President Obama to get this outrageous support for the nuclear industry out of the climate bill.

We need to explain, simply and firmly, that we will oppose any climate bill that provides more taxpayer subsidies for nuclear power or that supports reprocessing (even before Obama's own waste commission has even been formed to begin its re-evaluation of radioactive waste policy!).

The House climate bill must be strengthened in the Senate, not become worse. President Obama wants a climate bill. That's a vast improvement over his predecessor. But he needs to act so that the final climate bill is one that environmentalists and clean energy advocates can support, not one we have to end up defeating.

*Please write President Obama here.

*Please contribute to this campaign here. The nuclear industry is spending millions to get its way in Congress this session. Every small contribution helps us reach more people and counter their actions!

Thanks for all you do!

Michael Mariotte

Executive Director

Nuclear Information and Resource Service

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