On Transparency & Spin

“Nuclear power requires obedience, not transparency. The gap between nuclear rhetoric and nuclear reality has been a fundamental impediment to wise energy policy decisions for half a century now. For various reasons in many nations, the nuclear industry cannot tell the truth about its progress, its promise or its perils. Its backers in government and in academia do no better.” Peter B. Bradford, former commissioner U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), former chair of the New York and Maine Utility Regulatory Commissions; Adjunct Professor, Vermont Law School. World-Nuclear-Report-2013

“We have interests. We have points of view on things. But the key is to keep the conversation going together and working through the issues. And that’s why we’re committed to transparency … We are a strong believer in nuclear energy… on the business side, we’re working to ensure that the marketplace that we compete in provides us a reasonable opportunity to earn a fair return. So we’re working on the market-structure issues in New England.”  Bill Mohl, president of Entergy Wholesale Commodities, Brattleboro Reformer 10.11.14

“Nuclear’s quiet production, and even quieter best-safety-record-of-any-industry, never got translated to the public, who only had doom and gloom input from ideological groups. … nuclear energy has no constituency. And that is very dangerous in a democracy.” James Conca, Forbes 10.10.14

{We have updated the growing list of Pro-Nuclear groups in our Resources section.}

“Actually, there is no reason at all to think that nuclear power’s lack of constituency is dangerous to our democracy. Bad ideas don’t necessarily maintain constituencies. And there must have been some constituency for nuclear power at one point–it’s hard to imagine that some 120+ nuclear reactors costing hundreds of billions of dollars could have been built without one. If that constituency didn’t stick around, then it may just be because that constituency reacted to the reality that nuclear power turned out to be not such a good deal for ratepayers, nor the air and water, nor public health, nor even the climate, where it is still holding back needed deployment of clean solar and wind power.” Micheal Mariotte, NIRS  GreenWorld 10.14.14

“On Monday, Feb 24, the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) unveiled its Future of Energy advertising campaign with a press conference at the National Press Club. The campaign will stress four major aspects of nuclear energy that are not as well understood as they should be. It will talk about the importance of nuclear energy in a diverse portfolio of electricity generation sources, the value of the high quality jobs associated with the industry, the environmental benefits it provides as a clean air source of power generation and the exciting technologies being developed that will enhance nuclear energy’s value in the future.” Rod Adams, Atomic Insights 02.27.14

“Using a deceptive public relations campaign and heavily-funded front groups like Nuclear Matters, Third Way, and C2ES, corporations including Exelon and Entergy have tried to drum up fears of a national energy crisis stemming from the closure of several aging, uncompetitive nuclear plants and the advance of renewable energy. While touting the need to “preserve” nuclear power, nuclear interests have covered up the actual reforms they are seeking and their implications for the U.S.’s energy future.”  Tim Judson, NIRS Killing the Competition: The Nuclear Power Industry Agenda to Block Climate Action, Stop Renewable Energy, and Subsidize Old Reactors




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