Tell Congress: “We want renewable solutions, not nuclear problems!”

February 25, 2010 at 8:02 pm 1 comment

Throwing money at nuclear will not solve our climate crisis!

All of us here at Southern Energy Network are very disappointed by President Obama’s recent announcement to award the Southern Company over $8 billion in a taxpayer-funded federal loan guarantee for the proposed two new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle in Georgia along the Savannah River. But we’re told that more loan guarantees are going to be announced, likely at several reactor sites proposed right here in the Southeast, and the Administration and proponents of building new nuclear reactors are working to get even more money pumped into this controversial program. We are working hard to stop this reckless spending of taxpayer money.

Join Southern Energy Network (SEN), Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE), Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS) and others as we join together in solidarity to tell Congress that we do not want our tax dollars paying for nuclear!

*The American people are tired of corporate bailouts. In this case, taxpayers would provide the loans and take all the risk. The large utilities would take any profits, and taxpayers would pay for all losses. That is fundamentally unfair to the American people.

Here are some talking points from NIRS:
*Congress should wait and see how the current loans to Georgia Power fare before risking even more taxpayer money on nuclear loans.

*Nuclear power remains dirty and dangerous, as demonstrated by the recent toxic tritium leaks at the Vermont Yankee reactor and elsewhere.

*It would be folly to repeat the mistakes of the past and encourage new reactor construction when we still don’t know how to handle the radioactive waste from existing reactors.

*We need to address the climate crisis with the fastest, cheapest, cleanest and safest means possible of reducing carbon emissions. Nuclear power is the slowest, most expensive, dirtiest and most dangerous technology available. And nuclear power is not carbon-free: its carbon footprint is about six times that of wind, 2-3 times greater than solar, and many times greater than energy efficiency.

**Call Your Representatives Now:  202-224-3121. Need to look them up? Here is where you can find your Senators and Representatives.

For more information, click here.


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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. rmarg  |  February 26, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    Nuclear energy works in many countries. South Korea builds them in less than 5 years. As for safety, even the AMA Council of Scientific Affairs concluded that nuclear was safer than coal.

    As for faster cleaner energy development, the Cape Wind and the Long Island have faced local opposition and have been delayed as well (part of the Long Island story was in The Age of Stupid). There is a bigger issue when NO energy development seems to be proceeding except for natural gas turbines.


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