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48 Groups Refute US President's Claim That Nuclear Energy Is " A Renewable Source of Energy"

In a short letter sent today to the White House, nearly 50 environmental, business, anti-nuclear, sustainable energy, and energy policy organizations disputed a recent statement by President Bush that nuclear power is a "renewable source of energy."

The groups said simply that nuclear power, and "for that matter, oil, coal, and natural gas," are not renewable sources of energy but instead are "environmentally polluting and non-renewable."

They added that the primary forms of renewable energy are "biofuels, biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, and wind."

The full text of the letter and list of signing organizations follows.

January 26, 2005

President George W. Bush
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20500

Dear Mr. President:

In a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal, you were quoted as saying that nuclear power "is a renewable source of energy." Please be advised that nuclear power is not a renewable source of energy. For that matter, oil, coal, and natural gas are also not renewable sources of energy. Nuclear power and fossil fuels are environmentally polluting and non-renewable sources of energy. The primary renewable sources of energy are biofuels, biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, and wind.

Sincerely,

3EStrategies
(Cylvia Hayes, Executive Director)
info@3estrategies.org

Alliance for Affordable Energy
(Micah Walker Parkin)
mwalker@all4energy.org

Arizona Solar Center, Inc.
(Daniel Peter Aiello, Chair)
J2EnvArch@aol.com

Arizona Solar Energy Association
(Chuck Skidmore)
cskidmore@scottsdaleaz.gov

Bob Lawrence & Associations
(Bob Lawrence, President)
boblaw424@aol.com

Burlington Electric Department
(Mary Sullivan, Communications Coordinator)
MSullivan@burlingtonelectric.com

Chesapeake Climate Action Network
(Mike Tidwell, Director)
Mwtidwell@aol.com

Citizen Power
(David Hughes, Executive Director)
hughes@citizenpower.com

Citizens Utility Board of Wisconsin
(Charlie Higley, Executive Director)
higley@wiscub.org

Clean Air Council
(Thurman Brendlinger)
brendlinger@cleanair.org

Colorado Energy Group
(George Burmeister)
COEnergyGroup@aol.com

Colorado Renewable Energy Society
(Kimberly Peterson, Secretary)
kimberly_peterson@yahoo.com

Donald Aitken Associates
(Donald W. Aitken, Ph.D.)
donaldaitken@earthlink.net

EORenew (Eastern Oregon Renewable Energies Non-profit) (Jennifer Barker) info@solwest.org

Eco Living Fellowship, Inc.
(Dr. Michael Skelly, Sr., President)
ecoliving@yahoo.com

Energy Innovation
(Steve Chadima)
steve@energyinnovations.com

Environmental Resources Trust
(Alden Hathaway - Director, EcoPower Programs) ahathaway@verizon.net

Friends of the Earth
(Erich Pica)
EPica@foe.org

Global Green U.S.A.
(Matt Petersen)
mpetersen@globalgreen.org

Global Possibilities
(Casey Coates Danson, President/Founder; Carolyn Ward, Managing Director) casey@globalpossibilities.org

Greenpeace
(John Coequyt, Jim Riccio, Nuclear Policy Analyst)
jim.riccio@wdc.greenpeace.org, john.coequyt@wdc.greenpeace.org

Hawaii Solar Energy Association (HSEA)
(Rick Reed, President)
sunearth@lava.net

Local Government Commission
(Judy Corbett)
jcorbett@lgc.org

Local 103 I.B.E.W.
(Martin E. Aikens, Business Agent)
Maikens@ibew103.com

Maine Solar Energy Association
(Richard Komp PhD. President)
sunwatt@juno.com

Mainstay Energy
(Hoyt Hudson, CEO)
hoyt.hudson@mainstayenergy.com

MD-DC-VA Solar Energy Industries Association
(Peter Lowenthal)
Plowenthal@seia.org

Minnesotans for an Energy-Efficient Economy
(J. Drake Hamilton, Science Policy Director)
hamilton@me3.org

North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association
(Richard/Lonna Harkrader)
harkrader@mindspring.com

Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
(Susan E. Coakley, Executive Director)
scoakley@NEEP.org

Northwest Energy Coalition
(Nancy Hirsh)
nancy@nwenergy.org

Nuclear Information & Resource Service
(Michael Mariotte)
nirsnet@nirs.org

Quality Solar
(Claudia Wentworth)
claudia@qualitysolar.net

Redwood Alliance
(Michael Welch)
mwelch@redwoodalliance.org

Renewable Energy Long Island (RELI)
(Gordian Raacke)
Gordian@RenewableEnergyLongIsland.org

RENEW Wisconsin
(Michael Vickerman, Executive Director) mvickerman@renewwisconsin.org

San Luis Sustainability Group Architects
(Ken Haggard)
slosg@slonet.org

Solar Energy International (SEI)
(Johnny Weiss, Executive Director)
johnny@solarenergy.org

The Stella Group, Ltd.
(Scott Sklar, President)
solarsklar@aol.com

SustainableBusiness.com,
(Rona Fried)
rona@sustainablebusiness.com

Sustainable Energy and Economic Development (SEED) Coalition (Karen Hadden, Executive Director) karen@seedcoalition.org

Vermont Energy Investment Corporation
(Beth Sachs)
BSachs@veic.org

Voices Opposed To Environmental Racism
(Donald Keesing)
donaldk@nirs.org

The Vote Solar Initiative
(David Hochschild)
david@votesolar.org

Windustry
(Lisa Daniels, Executive Director)
lisadaniels@windustry.org

Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation
(Janet Brandt, Executive Director)
jbrandt@weccusa.org

Wisconsin Green Building Alliance
(Constance A. Lindholm, Executive Director) connielindholm@wgba.org

Women in Sustainable Energy (WISE)
(Kimberly Peterson)
kimberly_peterson@yahoo.com

Editorial Notes: The SECs claim that ""biofuels, biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, and wind" are renewable is questionable, of course hinging upon their definition of 'renewable'. We at energybulletin.net support calls for full net-energy & emergy analysis of all energy sources. -LJ

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