Monday, September 15, 2008


NATIONAL CALL-IN DAY: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 Nuclear Information and Resource Service - NIRS
This is it. In the mainstream media, the Gang of 10 (actually, now it's the Gang of 20) energy bill is all about offshore oil drilling. And, to be sure, there's lots of that in the bill, which is expected to come up in the Senate late next week. The bill would also be the biggest giveaway to the nuclear power industry. Unlimited loan guarantees for construction of new atomic reactors.
Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121
*Please call both of your Senators that day with a very simple message:
Take taxpayer loan guarantees for nuclear power out of the Gang of 20 energy bill. (note: the bill does not yet have a number. It's called the New Energy Reform Act of 2008, but everyone will know what you are talking about if you just say "Gang of 20 energy bill.")
You can read a Physicians for Social Responsibility analysis of the nuclear provisions in the Gang of 20 energy bill here. The bill includes not just loan guarantees, but also more "risk insurance" for new nukes, construction of a reprocessing plant, and much more.
You can read a longer article on the issue written by Michael Mariotte for DailyKos here.

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