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.