Radio: Ask: Where does your candidate stand on nuclear power?
NEW HAMPSHIRE—Friends of the Earth Action will begin airing a new radio ad in New Hampshire tomorrow that encourages voters to ask candidates where they stand on nuclear power in advance of the state’s Tuesday presidential primary.
“Nuclear power is dangerous and expensive. Private markets won’t support it, which is why the industry is trying to get taxpayers to foot the bill,” said Friends of the Earth Action President Brent Blackwelder. “Voters need to be informed about this. If the industry gets the money it’s asking for, new reactors could be constructed at Seabrook and elsewhere in New Hampshire. The next president can play an important role in stopping these new plants.”
The ad, titled “Ask,” notes that President Bush recently signed a congressional omnibus spending bill that includes $20 billion in loan guarantees for the construction of new nuclear plants. This money could jumpstart a new era of nuclear plant construction across the U.S.—including new reactors in New Hampshire—and stick taxpayers with the bill.
Friends of the Earth Action’s aim is to raise the profile of this issue prior to Tuesday’s vote.
TV ad to come also, here's a preview: http://www.agit-pop.com/c4nuke/c4nuke3.html
Hillary is for Nuclear Power and Barack Obama has taken $250,000 from nuclear operatives.
Update: FOE has questions about Obama and His Stance on the Environment here.
Good morning, BW readers. As we all know by now, JRE finished second in Iowa. My initial reaction was disappointment and maybe fearful, but after conversing with Larry Kissell (who is running for NC-08 and I donated to his campaign), Larry was right: the Iowa election signaled that the American people are ready for change. Obama just had more money, and combined with Clinton, outspent JRE 4 to 1. Clinton came in third. Obama did some horse trading and maneuvering that I thought was awful, but he won. And that's that.
But I wanted to share a bit of a story about a feller who is from Clover, SC, Rod Pursley, who went to Iowa right after Christmas and canvassed, phone banked, etc to help GOTC. Here's something from the Enquirer-Herald in SC:
Pursley, a Clover native who works at the University of Virginia, spent eight days in Iowa talking on the phone and braving 20-degree weather to knock on doors in a grass-roots effort that helped Edwards secure second place in Thursday's Iowa caucuses.
Helping a candidate who had 20 percent of the funding the two front-runners made the experience worth it, Pursley said.
"I just felt it was really important for me to put my money where my mouth (is)," he said.
Although he was disappointed Edwards didn't win first place, Pursley said he considers Iowa the calm before the storm for the Edwards campaign. As he drove into York County on Friday, he was already thinking about the South Carolina Democratic primary, which he'll help with on the weekends.
The Carolina primary is on January 26th.
Dedication amongst the JRE supporters. Sometimes dedication is worth a lot more than a loot of money.
Onward to New Hampshire. Video clip below of EE rallying the troops yesterday morning.
JRE skipped the fancy 100 Club dinner where it was the Obamafest to begin with, and instead spoke to 550 regular people.
Debate is on at 7:45 CT on ABC. I'll report more news as it comes along today.