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Urgent: Act Now to Stop $54 Billion in Nuke Subsidies


OBAMA BUDGET SAID TO TRIPLE NUCLEAR LOAN GUARANTEE PROGRAM
ACT NOW!
TELL OBAMA AND CHU: NO TAXPAYER BAILOUT FOR DIRTY REACTORS
January 29, 2010
Dear Friends,
We apologize for clogging your mailbox this week, but a lot has been happening. Thank you to the thousands of you who already have taken actions this week. But we're all facing our biggest challenge yet.
We learned this morning that President Obama's FY 2011 DOE budget will triple the taxpayer loan guarantee program for new reactor construction, to $54 Billion.
The budget is not finalized and not yet submitted. A strong public outcry can still stop this outrage! Send your letters to President Obama and Energy Secretary Chu here.
Here is a link to a Business Week article confirming the $54 billion figure.
And, if you missed it in an earlier e-mail, here is a link to a video of Candidate Obama promising no taxpayer subsidies for nuclear power.
Tell President Obama to keep his campaign promise, and stop subsidies for nuclear power, not increase them!
Just in the past couple of weeks, two more reactors (in Vermont and North Carolina) have been discovered to be leaking radioactive tritium, bringing the total number to more than 20 leaking reactor sites. Far from being safe and clean, nuclear power is proving itself to be dirtier and more dangerous than ever.
It would be not only good policy, but good politics for Obama to abandon the nuclear loan guarantee program. Check this article from USA Today, which shows that Obama's nuclear/offshore oil statement in his State of the Union message was the least popular part of his speech--dramatically so--among Obama's base: MoveOn members.
Please act today, and please help us get the word out. Forward this Alert as widely as possible. Post the action page link: http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5502/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY... everywhere you can. Use Facebook, myspace, Twitter, whatever networking tools you have. The FY 2011 budget is supposed to be announced on Monday--that doesn't give us much time. We need the loudest possible public outcry right now.
Thanks for all you do,
Michael Mariotte
Executive Director
Nuclear Information and Resource Service
nirsnet@nirs.org
www.nirs.org
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