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Nuclear Power Is Not A "Renewable Source of Energy"

In a letter sent January 31 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." The letter's signers write: "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. Release provided by the Sustainable Energy Network, based in Takoma Park, Maryland. For the full text of the letter and the 100+ signers, you may e-mail
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