NATIONAL GRASSROOTS CALL-IN DAY TO STOP NUKE/COAL SUBSIDIES

NATIONAL GRASSROOTS CALL-IN DAY TO STOP NUKE/COAL SUBSIDIES

THURSDAY, APRIL 30

LET’S KEEP CONGRESSIONAL PHONES RINGING ALL DAY LONG!

April 24, 2009

Dear Friends,

Both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives are beginning to consider separate legislation that could have an enormous impact on our nation’s energy future. It is essential that we all weigh in now, in the strongest possible manner, to help shape that energy future. Let’s tell Congress loud and clear to support renewable energy and energy efficiency programs and to stop any more taxpayer support for dirty and dangerous nuclear power and coal technologies.

Washington-based groups like NIRS, PSR, FoE, NRDC and others are working hard to stop this legislation from becoming a gift to the nuclear power and coal industries. But the nuclear and coal industries have far more lobbyists and far more money than we do.

What those industries don’t have is YOU.

And YOU can make the difference.

On Thursday, April 30, let’s keep the phones in the Senate and House ringing all day long with a simple message: YES to renewable energy and energy efficiency programs, NO to any more taxpayer subsidies for nuclear power and coal.

Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121.

In the Senate, the Senate Energy Committee will begin considering a major new energy bill sponsored by Committee Chairman Jeff Bingaman (D-NM). Efforts will be made to add nuclear power to the bill’s Renewable Electricity Standard, to add nuclear power to a so-called “Clean Energy Bank,” to add still more taxpayer loan guarantees for new nuclear reactors and coal plants, and so forth.

In the House, the House Energy Committee will begin considering the Waxman-Markey climate crisis legislation. And we’re going to see similar efforts in the House to add the same kind of nuclear and coal nonsense.

On April 30, please call both of your Senators and your Representative with the simple message: YES to renewables and efficiency, NO to nuclear power and coal.

And to help set the stage for thousands of phone calls, let’s now start clogging the Congressional e-mail boxes with thousands of your letters! You can e-mail your Senators here and you can e-mail your Representative here.

Please forward this Alert as widely as possible, please make sure all your friends and colleagues know about it and can participate. Post the info on your websites, blogs, Facebook & MySpace pages, Twitter it, spread the word! It will take many thousands of us to overcome the nuclear and coal industry’s lobbying efforts. But we CAN do it!

And please consider supporting our outreach and mobilization efforts with your contribution here. Honestly, your donations of any amount are both needed and very gratefully appreciated. We can’t do this work without you!

And now for some good news: yesterday, the Missouri utility Ameren UE announced that it is suspending its plans to build a new EPR reactor, Callaway-2! Congratulations to everyone in Missouri and elsewhere who have worked so hard to block Ameren’s plans to force ratepayers to pre-pay for this proposed reactor!

And some more good news: yesterday we learned that the FY 2010 budget resolution will NOT include the amendments from Sen. Crapo to support $50 billion in new taxpayer loan guarantees for new reactors and additional funding for reprocessing technologies. Again, thank you to everyone who took action over the past two weeks to object to those provisions!

Maybe it sometimes doesn’t seem like making a couple phone calls or sending some e-mails, or even contributing $5 or $10, makes a difference: but it does! And we’ve already seen it several times this year. Now we’re asking you to take action again–because your actions CAN make the difference.

We will keep you posted on the progress of the Senate Energy Bill and House Climate Bill. But please send your letters in now, call on April 30, and spread the word!

Thanks for all you do,

Michael Mariotte

Executive Director

Nuclear Information and Resource Service

nirsnet@nirs.org

www.nirs.org

Via gmail.com

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