2022 has been quite a year so far. No sooner do we begin recovering from the gut-punching reminder of “Don’t Look Up!” that we have a potentially civilization ending Climate Code Red to contend with, and fast, when along comes – Russia. Read more
ILLINOIS ENERGY TRANSFORMATION #26:
BEWARE THE POST-COP-26 NUCLEAR HUCKSTERS
Nov. 22, 2021
COP-26 and its aftermath have seen a dramatic rise in nuclear power being marketed as a “solution” needed to fight climate disruption. A “devils in the details” analysis of these claims and a candid review of the history of nuclear power reveal them to be false – little more than marketing hype, aimed at syphoning funds and resources better spent on truly effective and sustainable climate fighting resources like renewables, energy efficiency, energy storage and improved transmission. Read more
Say “NO!” to $60+ Billion Nuke Subsidies in BBB Act
Congress is set to begin voting on the Build Back Better Act as early as this week. Huge subsidies for nuclear and fossil fuels are imbedded in a so-called climate bill. It’s up to you – and us – to stop them! Read more
Say “NO!” to Exelon Nuclear Bailouts!
- $694 million from Illinois Legislature expected to pass on Monday, Sept. 13
- As much as $25 BILLION could go to Exelon from Congress
On Monday Sept. 13th the Illinois Legislature and Gov. Pritzker are expected to give yet another state bailout to fund corporate welfare queen Exelon’s money-losing Byron and Dresden nuclear reactors.
Some time that week Congress is expected to vote on the Budget Reconciliation and Infrastructure legislation in Washington. Nuclear lobbyists have been very active arranging for your pockets to be picked there too, once again.
We’re told we can’t afford a $15 minimum wage; can’t provide universal health care during a pandemic; and don’t have enough money to build new renewable energy sources to replace nuclear at a time of “Climate Code Red.” Yet, they can find money to bailout profitable nuclear corporations like Exelon.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
- Call Sens. Durbin [202-224-2152] and Duckworth [202-224-2854]; and tell them “No more nuclear bailouts! Fund renewables instead.”
- Call your representative to Congress with the same message. Call the Capitol Switchboard number [202-224-3121] if you don’t know his/her number. If you don’t know who that is, click this link and follow instructions.
- Find numbers for your state and fed officials at:
click “Find my elected officials”
Gov. Pritzker: 312-814-2121; 217-782-6830
For more information: NEIS, (773)342-7650; firstname.lastname@example.org
An otherwise excellent Chicago Tribune summary of the proposed Comprehensive Climate and Equitable Jobs Act (CCEJA) was marred by the oversimplified one-line explanation for critics’ opposition to continued Exelon nuclear plant bailouts. While legitimate to question and oppose bailing out a profitable corporate welfare queen like Exelon, the real reasons are more numerous and complex.
The $694 million Exelon bailout proposed in CCEJA is nearly twice the amount found financially defensible by Governor Pritzker’s $250,000 independent audit commissioned earlier this year. What’s the justification for increasing ratepayer abuse? Read more
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