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The Sunday Show Lineup

A little late for the East coast, but for the rest of you, enjoy. Energy Secretary Steven Chu is – everywhere – and there are other nuclear friendly voices throughout the listings here. Nuclear Notes writer emeritus Jarrett Adams (now at AREVA) will be on EnergyNOW! From FishbowlDC:

NBC’s Meet the Press: Steven Chu, U.S. Secretary of Energy; Governor Tom Ridge (R); Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM); James Acton, Nuclear Physicist; Mark Halperin, TIME Magazine; Helene Cooper, New York Times; E.J. Dionne, Washington Post; Kim Strassel, Wall Street Journal.

• CBS’s Face the Nation: Secretary of Energy Steven Chu; Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA).

• ABC’s This Week: Steven Chu, United States Secretary of Energy; Bill Richardson, Former Governor (D-NM) &former U.S. Secretary of Energy; Michael Chertoff, Former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security.

• CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley: Steven Chu, Energy Secretary; Sen. John McCain (R-AZ); Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT).

• Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM).

•Platts Energy Week: House Energy and Power Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY).

• C-SPAN’s Newsmakers: Gregory Jaczko, Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman.

•Bloomberg & WJLA’s energyNOW!: Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN); Jarrett Adams, Areva; Peter Bradford, former commissioner of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission; Arnie Gunderson, nuclear engineer.

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