Action Alert from Beyond Nuclear

December 11, 2007

Urge Congress to Block Nuclear Loan Guarantees

Please Call Right Away!

Last week we celebrated when U.S. Senator Pete Domenici (R-NM) was forced to withdraw his unlimited federal loan guarantees for new atomic reactors from the energy bill. This week – maybe as soon as today – we have a new fight on our hands.

As early as tonight, December 11, on the House floor, a similar provision could be voted on in the energy & water appropriations bill. It could go to the Senate floor tomorrow. After his failure to push this boondoggle through the energy bill, Domenici is now "just asking" his appropriations committee colleagues in the House and Senate for approval of the first $25 billion in nuclear loan guarantees for Fiscal Year 2008. The energy and water appropriations bill will almost certainly be folded into the omnibus appropriations bill, making it even more difficult to extricate the nuclear loan guarantees.

All of this is going on behind closed doors. But we must expect the worst so please keep making those phone calls!

Please immediately call the chairmen of the House and Senate appropriations committees, as well as the chairmen of the House and Senate energy and water development appropriations subcommittees, and urge them to strip the $25 billion in nuclear loan guarantees from their imminent FY08 spending bills:

House Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey (D-WI), (202) 225-2771

House Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Peter Visclosky (D-IN), (202) 225-3421

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Robert Byrd (D-WV), (202) 224-7363

Senate Energy and Water Development Subcommittee Chairman Byron Dorgan (D-ND), (202) 224-8119.

Also, please call your two U.S. senators and your U.S. representative immediately, and urge them to do all they can to block the $25 billion in nuclear loan guarantees for fiscal year 2008, no matter what bill it's attached to.

This may be our last chance to stop these massive nuclear loan guarantees from being enacted. We blocked them in the energy bill, now we need to block them in the appropriations bill!

We need to flood Capitol Hill with phone calls. Call your senators and representatives via the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121.

Urge them to speak with their party leaders, as well as the leaders of the appropriations committees and energy and water appropriations subcommittees, and to express their opposition to these gigantic nuclear loan guarantees.

Please pass this on! Send this alert to as many of your family and friends as you can and urge them to do the same. We don’t need risky new nuclear reactors at all, but especially not if all the financial liability is heaped onto the backs of the American taxpayers!

Thank you. Without your calls we wouldn’t have won the first time. Now we have to ensure that lightning really can strike twice. Let’s knock out these loan guarantees permanently. Together we have the power!

Kevin Kamps, Radioactive Waste Watchdog
Beyond Nuclear
6930 Carroll Avenue, Suite 400
Takoma Park, MD 20912
Office phone: (301) 270-2209, Cell phone: (240) 462-3216, Fax: (301) 270-400