Why Nuclear Matters doesn’t matter

How the nuclear industry tries to convince us that despite having no constituency it should be influencing our democratic decision process.


Nuclear Matters doesn't matter because its fundamental argument doesn't make sense. Not to these marchers, not to the general public, not even to politicians. Nuclear Matters doesn’t matter because its fundamental argument doesn’t make sense. Not to these marchers, not to the general public, not even to politicians.

Regular readers of GreenWorld know that we have dropped a lot of digital ink writing about Nuclear Matters, the astroturf group launched by Exelon early this year to try to make the case to save the utility’s aging and uneconomic nuclear fleet.

Exelon and the PR firm Sloane and Company that runs the public end of Nuclear Matters have assembled a seemingly potent team of paid-for spokespeople to make the utility’s case: former Senators like Evan Bayh and Judd Gregg; former DOE secretary James Abraham; and the big catch, former EPA Administrator, Obama climate czar, and current League of Conservation Voters board chair Carol Browner. 

These and others  in Nuclear Matters’ assembled-team of backers have been writing (or, more likely, allowing their names to be used…

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2 responses to “Why Nuclear Matters doesn’t matter”

  1. Sandy H. says :

    Not all backers of nuclear power are industry shills. Stewart Brand (of the Whole Earth Catalog fame) has publicly and strongly supported nuclear power. As he explains, it is not nuclear vs. solar, it’s nuclear as a replacement for coal. And while I think that solar photovoltaic energy is cool, earthy, etc., the fact is it is still more expensive than almost any other way to generate power. Plus, the sun always goes down every night. We need something for baseline power.

    At lot of the anti-nuclear hoopla strikes me as Ludditism or wishing that the technology would somehow go away. Unlikely to happen.

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