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Nuclear Information and Resource Service

October 12, 2007

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Michael Mariotte, NIRS 301-270-6477 12

Support Musicians Acting to Stop New Reactors; New Info on Loan Guarantees/Energy Bill

Dear Friends,

There are two major developments we want to tell you about regarding loan guarantees for new nuclear reactors and the pending energy bill in Congress:

First, we're happy to tell you that Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Graham Nash, Keb Mo, and Ben Harper and other artists have joined the effort to stop the loan guarantees in a major way. They've set up a new website,, and there you can sign a petition against the use of your tax dollars for new nuclear reactors. Please do so right now. They've also remade the classic Buffalo Springfield song, For What It's Worth, and you can watch that on their website, on youtube, or from NIRS website,

Second, we have learned that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has given up on the idea of setting up a House-Senate conference committee to formally address the differences in the House and Senate energy bills. Instead, a more informal process will be used. However, both Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid apparently want a final energy bill completed by November 1. That will be difficult to do in the little remaining time, and it means that some of the more controversial provisions in the two bills may be dropped entirely. We need to make the loan guarantees as controversial as possible.

So after you've signed the petition at, please call your Senators and Representative (Capitol Switchboard, 202-224-3121), and tell them: no taxpayer subsidies for nuclear power.

You should add that Congress should not cut itself out of the loan guarantee process—the Senate version of the bill would give full power to the Department of Energy to issue the guarantees, decide who gets them, and how much they should get. This is a job Congress has to stay on top of. The Nuclear Energy Institute already has said it wants the nuclear industry to receive $50 billion in taxpayer guarantees just over the next two years. When that kind of money is at risk, Congress has to accept responsibility, not just turn it over to the Energy Department.

Thanks for your help!

Michael Mariotte
Executive Director
Nuclear Information and Resource Service

Thank you to everyone who already has donated toward greater outreach for the statement on nuclear power and climate. We appreciate your help! It's not too late, however: please consider donating now to help us spread the word and obtain thousands more signatures! You can contribute online at our secure site:

Contributors of $60 or more will receive a free copy of Bonnie Raitt's CD, Souls Alike, as our, and her, way of saying THANK YOU!


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