Almost three decades after their series of "No Nukes" concerts at New York's Madison Square Garden, musicians Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, and Graham Nash announced Thursday their new campaign to stop Congress from financing the nuclear energy industry.
Currently before Congress, the Senate version of the Energy Bill could authorize the Department of Energy to hand out what the musicians call a "virtual blank check " for funding new nuclear reactors at taxpayer expense. The nuclear energy industry has already called out for $25 million in loan guarantees for 2007 and another $25 billion for 2009.
The artists plan to march on up to Congress in Washington D.C. on Oct. 23 to hand-deliver petitions they are now urging the public to sign.The petition states:
"We ask that all members of Congress join us in working to remove from the pending Energy Bill massively expensive loan guarantees—potentially a virtual blank check from taxpayers--- for the building of many more nuclear power plants. We strongly support those parts of this Energy Bill that advance Renewable Portfolio Standards, increased fuel efficiency for automobiles, and other safe, clean solutions to global warming."
Initial petition signers include Ben Harper, Natalie Maines and Emily Robison of the Dixie Chicks, Melissa Etheridge, Maroon 5, Keb' Mo', Patti Smith, Pearl Jam, and Herbie Hancock, as well as the Natural Resources Defense Council, Greenpeace, the Sierra Club, League of Conservation Voters, U.S. PIRG, Environmental Working Group, TrueMajority.org, Friends of the Earth, Physicians for Social Responsibility and Working Assets Wireless. ::Nuke Free