With the new White House budget released earlier this week calling for a tripling of taxpayer-backed loan guarantee bailouts for new nuclear reactors, four grassroots experts from around the U.S. in a media teleconference caution that none of the four “leading” reactor projects in the running are attractive candidates.
In addition to providing an insight into the problems with the President’s budget proposal, during the teleconference the four experts provided an important perspective that will not be heard when the U.S. Senate Energy Committee meets on the DOE’s Loan Guarantee Program next week.
News event speakers and the loan guarantee candidate about which they will speak were:
- Sara Barczak, director, High Risk Program, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, addressing the proposed Vogtle reactors in Georgia;
- Karen Hadden, executive director, Austin-based Sustainable Energy and Economic Development (SEED) Coalition, addressing the embattled NRG reactor project in San Antonio;
- Tom Clements, Friends of the Earth, addressing the VC Summer reactors in South Carolina; and
- Michael Mariotte, executive director, Nuclear Information and Resource Service, addressing the proposed Calvert Cliffs reactor in Maryland.
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