National Grassroots Conference Call on Lieberman/Warner

National Grassroots Conference Call on Lieberman/Warner
Climate Bill and Pro-Nuclear Amendments

Wednesday, April 30, 2008—2 pm

Dear Friend,
You are invited to a national grassroots conference call to discuss the Lieberman/Warner cap and trade climate change bill--and likely pro-nuclear amendments—on Wednesday, April 30 at 2 pm Eastern time. Call-in number is 218-936-1200; code is 91252#.

The bill is set to come to the Senate floor on June 2, for what will likely be about a week of debate.

We expect that several amendments to further support and subsidize the nuclear power industry will be offered. Senator John McCain (R-AZ), for example, has said the price of his support for the bill will be massive new federal subsidies for new nuclear reactor construction.

NIRS is setting up this conference call because we believe these will be the most significant Congressional votes of this session, and the outcome will set the marker for climate change legislation next session. We can beat back this pro-nuclear tide—but only if we have substantial help and participation from the grassroots.

Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace and NIRS are on record opposing the Lieberman/Warner bill in its current form; most other national environmental groups are supporting it with greater or lesser degrees of enthusiasm. Regardless of anyone’s position on the bill itself, however, it is essential to defeat these expected pro-nuclear amendments and support amendments that improve the bill by promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Erich Pica and Kate McMahon of FoE will provide a briefing on the bill and on the expected nuclear amendments. We hope you’ll join us and take this opportunity to learn more about the issue and how we can all work together to send a powerful no-nuclear message to the Senate.

Michael Mariotte
Executive Director
Nuclear Information and Resource Service
6930 Carroll Avenue, Suite 340, Takoma Park, MD 20912
301-270-NIRS (301-270-6477); Fax: 301-270-4291
nirsnet@nirs.org; www.nirs.org