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STOP THE MURKOWSKI AMENDMENT!

IT'S YET ANOTHER ATTEMPT TO ADD TAXPAYER SUBSIDIES FOR NEW REACTORS AND ENCOURAGE REPROCESSING
ACTING TOGETHER, QUICKLY, WE CAN DEFEAT IT!
May 12, 2009
Dear Friends,
Like father, like daughter....Sen. Lisa Murkowski (daughter of former Sen. Energy Comm. Chairman and avowed nuclear supporter Frank Murkowski) intends to submit an amendment to the Senate Energy Bill today--Wednesday, May 13--before the Senate Energy Committee. This amendment is yet another nuclear industry attempt to increase taxpayer subsidies for new nuclear reactor construction and to institute reprocessing of radioactive waste before the Obama administration can conduct its re-evaluation of our nation's failed radioactive waste policies.
This amendment is unnecessary and dangerous, and must be defeated.
And we believe it can be defeated--with your help. Please send a letter in opposition to the Murkowski Amendment to your Senators here.
Then, quickly ask your friends and colleagues to send letters too and help spread the word across the country!
And, if you get a second, call your Senators as well, at 202-224-3121.
While not every Senator is on the Energy Committee of course, and thus won't be voting on the amendment at this time, we're targeting every Senator with our message as part of our broader and ongoing campaign to educate the Senate and stop taxpayer subsidies for the nuclear industry.
Thank you for acting (yet again!--and it won't be the last time this year....).
Brief update: Last week, the Senate Energy Committee voted 18-5 against Sen. Bernie Sanders' entirely sensible amendment to limit the Clean Energy Bank from using more than 20% of its money on any single energy technology. This is a clear indication that this "Clean Energy Bank" is intended to fund primarily expensive dirty energy projects like nuclear power and "clean" coal. We will keep you posted when this reaches the Senate floor and there is another opportunity to make your views known.
Thanks for all you do,
Michael Mariotte
Executive Director
Nuclear Information and Resource Service
nirsnet@nirs.org
www.nirs.org