Nuclear policy ambush at the National League of Cities in Washington

It was an ambush by power company viewpoints at the National League of Cities' Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources Policy & Advocacy Committee this afternoon.

I arrived by Amtrak this morning at the NLC Congressional Cities Conference, specifically in time for the meeting of this group, on which I'm one of North Carolina's representatives. Most of the meeting was good work on important positive initiatives--balanced transportation policies, sustainability initiatives, climate change mitigation efforts.

Suddenly, with about a half-hour to go, a handful of representatives started jumping up to argue that the NLC policy on nuclear energy needs a major reset--to unalloyed and unabashed advocacy for more nukes. One of the mayors involved acknowledged being a utility executive. Another council member from a small California town sounded as though he were literally reading from a John Locke Foundation script.

The surprise nature of the attempt--the topic wasn't on the announced agenda--had left the room short of many of the allies who would normally have turned out in force.

Fortunately, those of us who were there were able to give (politely) a sufficient foretaste of the firestorm such a switch would bring on to pretty well shut down the effort.

Sometimes you just have to be there at the right time to act.

More from the NLC meeting tomorrow.

Dan

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A close call

And a relief to get past it.

Dan Besse
Democrat for Lieutenant Governor
www.danbesse2008.org

Dan Besse

Dan.....my mother is up there

She's on the Charlotte City Council. Look for her. Her...um...39th birthday was yesterday. Have fun and thanks for all your hard work on our behalf.



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39 sounds right

I always knew you looked like you were 19 :-)

Look 19....hahaha

Only in my dreams. :D



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Thanks, Dan.

This is what would happen if Pat McCrory were governor: a blank check for whatever Big Energy wants.

Thank you for being the right person in the right place at the right time.

James

This is just the beginning, I'm afraid.

Well, it's not really the beginning, because nuke advocacy has been springing up all over the place, and thanks to the way our idiotic new REPS was rewritten, we're (N.C.) going to be a prime target of this campaign. From NCWARN:

Durham, NC – An alliance of public advocacy groups* today urged the NC Utilities Commission to require full disclosure of cost estimates for two nuclear reactors proposed south of Charlotte. The groups say Duke Energy is attempting to hide the soaring costs of the proposed Lee Nuclear Station to prevent sticker shock among electric ratepayers.

Utility estimates for similar reactors planned in Florida have tripled in just two years, with prices ranging to $9 billion per unit. Seven state and national groups are interveners in a Commission case where Duke is seeking pre-approval of $160 million in “preconstruction” costs for proposed plants in Cherokee County, SC.

Nine billion dwarfs the construction costs of Cliffside, which is saying a hell of a lot. Part of me is even wondering if Cliffside is merely an attempt to soften us up so we're more likely to approve of nukes.

Thanks for being there, Dan.

Dan, I'm glad that you were there

I'm glad you were there to help stop people who think that nuclear energy is a viable alternative to anything.

Sorry I missed your visit to Moore County yesterday. It's weird, because I was just saying to someone on Friday that if we could just get you to Moore County, you could get the votes. :)

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

He impressed those at my table

they liked your environmental platform and will be taking a closer look.

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

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thanks

Thanks James for fronting this item. Scharrison is right, the nuclear industry is into a major push now to revivify their moribund industry--at our expense.

Thanks to our Moore County folks too. I took the redeye train to DC early early Sunday so that I could be in NC for two events Saturday, one of them yours.

And finally Betsy--I'll say hey to your mom, the young-looking 39-y-o!

More later today from DC.

Dan

Dan Besse
Democrat for Lieutenant Governor
www.danbesse2008.org

Dan Besse

Thanks for making time for us Dan

hope to see you at the convention in April.

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

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