Saturday, October 13, 2007

Taking On Raitt, Nash and Browne on Nuclear Energy

I'm sure by now many of you have seen the video produced by NukeFree.org, starring Bonnie Raitt, Graham Nash and Jackson Browne -- some original no-nukers -- asking Congress to alter language in legislation that makes provisions for loan guarantees supporting new nuclear plant construction. Click here for a CNN op-ed.

Here at NEI we had a good laugh over some of their claims and decided to do something about it. So I got together with Elizabeth King, NEI's manager for economic policy -- it's safe to say she's a loan guarantee expert -- to record the following video response:



Perhaps we should be cheered that others have seen the video, and are less than impressed.

UPDATE: More folks who are less than impressed with what they've seen:

The Fourth Checkraise
The Pajamahadin
Instapundit

We should probably note that it was Rod Adams who had us pegged first. Click here too.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Here's an interesting wrinkle: The CNN.com commentary that the musicians and Harvey Wasserman wrote is now closed to comments. I submitted an edited version of our video to them as a response. I wonder if they'll use it.

6 comments:

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Anonymous said...

Nice to see many responses on the CNN website chastising Raitt, et al., for not knowing a darn thing about the matter. With any luck, Raitt et al., will realize the public is better informed this time around, and it's time to drop the histrionics in favor of sound, reasoned policy.

Anonymous said...

Loved this one... "Bonnie Rait on Nuclear Energy is alright... but what I'm really looking for is a piece on Nanotechnology by Reba McEntire."

Sovietologist said...

It sounded to me like our friend Harvey "literally propounds a utopian fantasy as energy policy" Wasserman was behind their talking points. But I was thoroughly heartened by the incredulous tone of the comments- it seems the public may really be coming around.

Sovietologist said...

Speaking of Wasserman, here's his rebuttal to Elizabeth King's video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOjjCWzcj_A
Basically, he has three points:

1. Nuclear power is uneconomical
2. Nuclear power plants are a safety risk due to terrorism, design problems, and human incompetence
3. There is no solution to nuclear waste

Given my own area of expertise, I'm sure that RosEnergoAtom will be taken by surprise by all three of these "facts"- or Wasserman's claim that the first nuclear power plant opened in 1957 (Every Soviet schoolchild knows that the world's first atomic power plant was built in the USSR in 1954!).

gunter said...

Where's her guitar?