Ads Slam Sen. Bennett for Nuclear Bailout
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Nick Berning, 202-222-0748
Ads Slam Senator Bennett for Sneaking Nuclear Industry Bailout into Stimulus Package
New Friends of the Earth ads also ask Majority Leader Reid and Appropriations Chair Inouye to pull up-to-$50 billion nuclear giveaway from stimulus
WASHINGTON, D.C.Friends of the Earth released a TV ad today slamming Senator Robert Bennett (R-UT) for adding an up-to-$50-billion bailout for the nuclear power industry to the Senates stimulus package. The group released similar ads demanding that Senate leaders eliminate this bailout.
(Click to view versions of the ad pertaining to Bennett, Senator Harry Reid [D-NV] and Senator Daniel Inouye [D-HI].)
It is nothing short of outrageous that in the middle of an economic crisis, with families suffering, senators are trying to curry lobbyists favor with yet another multibillion dollar bailout, said Friends of the Earth President Brent Blackwelder. Taxpayers should not be forced to foot the bill for the nuclear industrys failures. This bailout has nothing to do with stimulating the economy. It must be eliminated. v The bailout was added to the Senate stimulus package when Bennett offered an amendment authorizing $50 billion in loan guarantees for advanced low-carbon technology in the Appropriations Committee. If historyand nuclear industry lobbyists fervor in defending these loan guaranteesare any guide, much of this money would likely go to the nuclear industry.
Blackwelder said the best opportunity to defeat this bailout may arise when House and Senate leaders meet to work out the differences between their stimulus bills; the House bill did not include the nuclear bailout.
These ads are intended to send a clear message, Blackwelder said. It is unacceptable for senators to display the bald obsequiousness to lobbyists that Bennett has shown here. And its unclear why Senate leaders allowed Bennett to sneak this bailout into their bill, since he says the stimulus is not going to work and plans to vote against it. Senate leaders should remedy this situation.
More information about the proposed nuclear industry bailout can be found here: http://action.foe.org/t/6545/pressRelease.jsp?press_release_KEY=480
Friends of the Earth (www.foe.org) is the U.S. voice of the worlds largest grassroots environmental network, with member groups in 77 countries. Since 1969, Friends of the Earth has fought to create a more healthy, just world.