100+ Groups/Businesses Tell Bush -- NUCLEAR POWER IS NOT A "RENEWABLE SOURCE OF ENERGY"

In a letter sent today to the White House, 108 environmental, business, consumer, faith-based, and energy policy organizations refuted President Bush's oft-stated claim that "nuclear power is a renewable source of energy."

SUSTAINABLE ENERGY NETWORK

8606 Greenwood Avenue; #2
Takoma Park, MD 20912
sustainable-energy-network@hotmail.com


News Release

100+ ORGANIZATIONS AND BUSINESSES REFUTE PRESIDENT BUSH'S CLAIM
THAT NUCLEAR POWER IS "A RENEWABLE SOURCE OF ENERGY"

For Release: Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Contact: Ken Bossong 301-588-4741 or 202-293-2898, x.201

WASHINGTON DC -- In a letter sent today to the White House, 108 environmental, business, consumer, faith-based, and energy policy organizations refuted President Bush's oft-stated claim that "nuclear power is a renewable source of energy." The letter was also signed by 22 individual citizens.

In his efforts to promote nuclear power and to initiate the construction of new nuclear power plants, President George W. Bush has frequently attempted to portray the technology as being "renewable."

Most recently, for example, in an interview conducted by Juan Williams on National Public Radio on Monday, January 29, 2007, the President stated:

"Well, if you're really interested in global warming and climate change, then it seems like to me that we ought to promote technologies to advance the development of safe nuclear power. It's a renewable source of energy, and at the same time has no emissions to it."

(see for the full text of the interview)

The letter's signers rejected that argument, writing: "Please be advised that nuclear power is neither a renewable nor a clean source of energy.
For that matter, oil, coal, and natural gas are also not renewable or clean sources of energy.

"Nuclear power and fossil fuels are environmentally polluting and non-renewable sources of energy that produce long-term radioactive wastes and/or greenhouse gas emissions.

"The primary renewable sources of energy are biomass (e.g., biofuels, biopower), geothermal, solar, water (e.g., hydropower, tidal, wave, ocean currents), and wind."

The groups object to the President's efforts to revive the nuclear industry by defining it as "renewable" so that it might be included in a future federal Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard or supported by federal tax incentives or research and development programs specifically designed to promote renewable energy technologies.

The full text of the letter and list of signers follows below.

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The Sustainable Energy Network is an informal network of organizations, businesses, and individual activists founded one year ago to promote aggressive development of renewable energy and energy efficient technologies as alternatives to nuclear power, energy imports, and greenhouse gas-producing sources of energy.

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SUSTAINABLE ENERGY NETWORK
8606 Greenwood Avenue, #2; Takoma Park, MD 20912
301-588-4741; sustainable-energy-network@hotmail.com


NUCLEAR POWER IS NOT A "RENEWABLE SOURCE OF ENERGY"

January 31, 2007

President George W. Bush
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20500

Dear Mr. President:

On a number of occasions, you have stated that nuclear power is a "renewable" source of energy.

Please be advised that nuclear power is neither a renewable nor a clean source of energy.

For that matter, oil, coal, and natural gas are also not renewable or clean sources of energy.

Nuclear power and fossil fuels are environmentally polluting and non-renewable sources of energy that produce long-term radioactive wastes and/or greenhouse gas emissions.

The primary renewable sources of energy are biomass (e.g., biofuels, biopower), geothermal, solar, water (e.g., hydropower, tidal, wave, ocean currents), and wind.

Therefore, it would be inappropriate to include nuclear power or any fossil fuel technologies in a federal Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard. Likewise, it is inappropriate to support either nuclear power or fossil fuels via federal tax incentives or research and development programs specifically designed to promote renewable energy technologies.

We appreciate your consideration of these views.

Sincerely,


Organizational Signers


Robert Andruszkiewicz
ABUZZ Media
Albuquerque, NM

Michael Closson
Acterra
Palo Alto, CA

Micah Walker Parkin, Program Director
Alliance for Affordable Energy
New Orleans, LA

Rochelle Becker, Exec. Director
Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility
San Luis Obispo, CA

Don Mitchell
Alternative Energy Systems
Cruz Bay, St John, USVI

Michael Connett
American Environmental Health Studies Project
Burlington, VT

Deborah Bledsoe, Executive Director
Appalachia - Science in the Public Interest
Mt Vernon, KY

Mike Bergey
Bergey Windpower Co.
Norman, OK

Avram Friedman, Executive Director
Canary Coalition
Sylva, NC

Elizabeth Battocletti, President
The Carmel Group, LLC
Reston, VA

Brenda Doi
Cayley Geothermal Corp.
Sherwood Park, AB, Canada

H. James ("Jim") Quigley, Jr., Ph.D.; Operations Director
Center for Sustainable Energy
Bronx Community College/ City University of New York
Bronx, NY

Bill Pearson
Chong Partners Architecture
San Francisco, CA

Nevin Dulabaum, Director of Socially Responsible Investing
Church of the Brethren Benefit Trust
Elgin, IL

Peggy Maze Johnson, Executive Director
Citizen Alert
Las Vegas, NV

David Hughes, Executive Director
Citizen Power
Pittsburgh, PA

Sal Mangiagli, Board Member
Citizens Awareness Network, CT chapter
Haddam, CT

Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director
Dereth Glance, Program Director
Citizens Campaign for the Environment
Farmingdale, NY

Carlos Rymer
Coalition for Global Warming Solutions
Union City, NJ

Scott Denman
Collaborations
Takoma Park, MD

George Burmeister, President
Colorado Energy Group, Inc.
Boulder, CO

Nancy Burton
Connecticut Coalition Against Millstone
Redding Ridge, CT

Alisa Gravitz, President
Co-op America
Washington, DC

Valerie Heinonen, o.s.u.; Consultant, Corporate Social Responsibility
Dominican Sisters of Hope
Mercy Investment Program
Sisters of Mercy Regional Community of Detroit
Ursuline Sisters of Tildonk-U.S. Province
New York, NY

Donald W. Aitken, Ph.D., Principal
Donald Aitken Associates
Berkeley, CA

Al Fritsch
Earth Healing, Inc.
Ravenna, KY

Jennifer Barker, Executive Director
Eastern Oregon Renewable Energies Non-profit
Canyon City, OR

Dan Brook, Ph.D.
Eco-Eating
Boston, MA

Kate Cell, Fellow
Economists for Peace and Security
Cambridge, MA

Kenneth Langer, President
Environmental Market Solutions, Inc.
Washington, DC

Luke Metzger, Director
Environment Texas
Austin, TX

Joel N. Gordes
Environmental Energy Solutions
West Hartford, CT

Erich Pica
Friends of the Earth
Washington, DC

Gina B. Hardin
Law Office of Gina B. Hardin, LLC
Denver, CO

Peter Meisen, President
Global Energy Network Institute
San Diego, CA

Casey Coates Danson, President
Global Possibilities
Los Angeles, CA

David Merrill, Executive Director
GlobalWarmingSolution.org
Missoula, MT

William Dunlay
Good Energy Engineering Inc.
Hollis, ME

Hannah C. Wood, Executive Director
Green Building Institute
Jessup, MD

John Coequyt, Jim Riccio
Greenpeace USA
Washington, DC

Tom Reed, Program & Operations Manager
Honor the Earth
Minneapolis, MN

Rita Schenck
Institute for Environmental Research and Education
Vashon, WA

Giulio Negrini, C.E.O.
Intermatch Corporation
Carlstadt, NJ

Luke Lundemo
Jackson Action
Jackson, MS

Daniel Ziskin, PhD; President
Jews Of The Earth
Denver, CO

Corinne Florek, Coordinator
Justice Organizers, Leadership and Treasurers
Oakland, CA

Andrew McDonald
Kentucky Solar Partnership
Frankfort, KY

Tom Konrad, Ph.D.
Konrad Advising, LLC
Denver, CO

Judy Corbett, Executive Director
Local Government Commission
Sacramento, CA

Richard Komp PhD. President
Maine Solar Energy Association
Jonesport, ME

Sr. Cecelia Canales
Mission San Jose Dominicans
Dominican Sisters of San Rafael

Mark Haim
Missourians for Safe Energy
Columbia, MO

Patrick Judge, Energy Program Director
Montana Environmental Information Center
Helena, MT

Geoffrey H. Fettus, Senior Project Attorney
Natural Resources Defense Council
Washington, DC

Scot Rutledge, Executive Director
Nevada Conservation League
Las Vegas, NV

Judy Treichel, Executive Director
Nevada Nuclear Waste Task Force
Las Vegas, NV

David Radcliff
New Community Project
Elgin, IL

George Crocker, Executive Director
North American Water Office
Lake Elmo, MN

Larry Bell
North East Arizona Energy Services Company
Concho, AZ

Dave Kraft
Nuclear Energy Information Service
Chicago, IL

Michael Mariotte, Executive Director
Nuclear Information & Resource Service
Takoma Park, MD

Helen Caldicott, M.D.; Founder and President
Nuclear Policy Research Institute
Washington, DC

Chris Daum
Oasis Montana Inc.
Renewable Energy Supply and Design
Stevensville, MT

Dave Rinebolt, Executive Director and Counsel
Ohio Partners for Affordable Energy
Findlay, OH

Judi Friedman, Chair
People's Action for Clean Energy
Canton, CT

Mary Lampert
Pilgrim Watch
Duxbury, MA

Bruce A. Drew, Steering Committee
Prairie Island Coalition
Minneapolis, MN

Aviv Goldsmith, President
Precursor Systems, Inc.
Spotsylvania, VA

Michele Boyd, Legislative Director
Public Citizen - Energy Program
Washington, DC

Ed Lehrburger, President
PureVision Technology, Inc.
Ft. Lupton, CO

Phil von Hake
PvH Communications
Morrison, CO

Qadwi Bey, CEO
R.A.Energy International, Inc.
Cleveland, OH

Nancy LaPlaca, Chair
Ratepayers United of Colorado
Denver, CO

Michael Welch
Redwood Alliance
Arcata, CA

Michael Vickerman
RENEW Wisconsin
Madison, WI

Bill LaBine
Renewable Energy Works!
Avon, NY

Gordian Raacke
Renewable Energy Long Island
Bridgehampton, NY

Jane Swanson, spokesperson
San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace
San Luis Obispo, CA

Richard Hill, President
Save the Valley
Madison, IN

David Hamilton, Director - Global Warming and Energy Programs
Sierra Club
Washington, DC

Gary R. Thompson, P.Geo; President
Joseph Anthony Kizis, Jr., Director
Sierra Geothermal Corporation
Reno, NV

Jonathan Hill
Sierra Solar Systems
Grass Valley, CA

Joan Mumaw, IHM
The Leadership Council
Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Monroe, MI

Johnny Weiss, Executive Director
Solar Energy International
Carbondale, CO

Stephen A. Smith, DVM; Executive Director
Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
Knoxville, TN

Ned Ryan Doyle
Southern Energy & Environment Expo
Etowah, NC

Don Hancock
Southwest Research and Information Center
Albuquerque, NM

Scott Sklar, President
The Stella Group, Ltd.
Washington, DC

Stuart Magruder, AIA, USGBC
Studio Nova A Architects, Inc.
Los Angeles, CA

Ken Bossong, Executive Director
SUN DAY Campaign
Washington, DC

Tom Bishop, President
Sunelco, Inc
Victor, MT

John F. Neville, President
Sustainable Arizona
Sedona, AZ

Rona Fried
SustainableBusiness.com
Huntington Station, NY

Bob Walker
Sustainable Energy Resource Group
Thetford Center, VT

Donna Lomangino, President & Founder
Throwplace.com/Throwplace Ltd.
Washington, DC

Eric Epstein, Chairman
TMI-Alert
Harrisburg, PA

Sr. Patricia A. Daly, OP; Executive Director
Tri-State Coalition for Responsible Investment
Montclair, NJ

Frederick Tornatore, Vice President
TSS Consultants
Cordova, CA

Rob Sargent, Energy Program Director
USPIRG: The National Association of State PIRGs
Boston, MA

Beth Sachs
Vermont Energy Investment Corporation
Burlington, VT

Al H Sobel, President
Virginia Solar Council
Alexandria, VA

Lauri Knox, President
Vortex International
Pine, CO

Bill LaBorde, Program Director
WashPIRG
Seattle, WA

Lewis E. Patrie, M.D., Chair
Western North Carolina Chapter
Physicians for Social Responsibility
Asheville, NC

David Nicholson, President
Windhunter Corporation
Sun City Center, FL

Lisa Daniels, Executive Director
Windustry
Minneapolis, MN

Janet Brandt, Executive Director
Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation
Madison, WI

Barbara George
Women's Energy Matters
Fairfax, CA


Individual Signers

Norman T. Baker
Sequim, WA

Dick Benster
Mercer Island, WA

Anna Carter
Rohnert Park, CA

Kevin Coleman
M.S. Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development
Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies
Madison, WI

Patrick L. Doss-Smith
Minneapolis, MN

Kevin Eber
Boulder, CO

Sabodh K. Garg, Ph.D.
Del Mar, CA

Ken Haukaas, Tribal Planner
Resource Development Office
Rosebud Sioux Tribe

Evgeny Kolev, Ph.D.
Mt. Prospect, IL

Edward Kramer
Houston, TX

Lynne Kurilovitch, Renewable Energy Instructor
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
Socorro, NM

Rick Lewandowski
Cottekill, NY

Marcelo J. Lippmann
Berkeley, CA

Vince Mazzi
Ashland, OR

J. Thomas McKinnon
Golden, CO

Dale Merrick
Myrtle Tree Development LLC
Canby, CA

Stephen Pew
Huntington Beach, CA

Ellen Rubinstein
Madison, WI

Beverly Smith
Cottonwood, AZ

Randall L. Weaver
Cincinnati, OH

Margaret Weber, Coordinator of Corporate Responsibility
Adrian Dominican Sisters
Adrian, MI

Niels Wolter
Madison, WI

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