Anti-nuke group takes aim at Obama’s visit to Georgia

In honor of President Barack Obama’s visit to Georgia next week, the environmental group Friends of the Earth launched two TV ads in Atlanta and Columbia, S.C., protesting $55 billion in loan guarantees for nuclear plants.

That includes $8 billion or so for Plant Vogtle, the nuclear complex in east Georgia – just upriver from Savannah, which Obama visits on Tuesday. “We’re aware that [Obama] is focusing on the reactor project in Georgia,” said Nick Berning, director of public advocacy for Friends of the Earth.

The ads went up today on Atlanta cable TV, centered around MSNBC, CNN and Fox News. They’ll run a week, Berning said.

This ad focuses on the phrase “nuclear bailout” and the financial risk:

The other addresses the dangers of nuclear radiation. It can be seen here.

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12 comments Add your comment


February 25th, 2010
3:26 pm

I wonder if they know that President Obama isn’t going to be anywhere near Atlanta. Hopefully he will be at Pinkie Masters.

Disavantaged Insider

February 25th, 2010
4:15 pm

I looked at that add and it is an bit pile of crap. They show three example of accidents, but no mention of all the plants that work just fine, thank you. These weenies are anti-nuke, anti-coal, anti-natural gas. I think that actually they are anti-civilization. They ought to go try living in a true state of nature of a month — see how that works for them. Good grief.

Disavantaged Insider

February 25th, 2010
4:16 pm

Oops. That should read “…big pile…” Sorry for the typos.


February 25th, 2010
4:18 pm

I thought that most of these Bozos had come to realize that nuclear power was environmentally friendly. Maybe it’s time for those nuts to burn that copy of The China Syndrome they so admire and do some research.

The following is a quote taken from Wikipedia:

The World Nuclear Association provides a comparison of deaths due to accidents among different forms of energy production. In their comparison, deaths per TW-yr of electricity produced from 1970 to 1992 are quoted as 885 for hydropower, 342 for coal, 85 for natural gas, and 8 for nuclear.

The World Nuclear Association is a non-profit group accredited by the UN.

Swam Gator

February 25th, 2010
4:35 pm

The Westinghouse AP1000 reactor design being pursued by GA Power is unlicensed and is having to undergo a redesign due to flaws in the building over the reactor. Pretty serious business to be bailing out a project based on a flawed design. For Obama to declare the reactor “safe” is extreme meddling in the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s supposedly independent review process & he need to be called out for attempting to short-circuit the review process.


February 25th, 2010
6:21 pm

Swam Gator, do you have a link to that information about the Westinghouse AP1000.
Nuclear Power=Big Government.

Karl Marx

February 26th, 2010
1:14 pm

Friends of the Earth is a neo-radical group just like the nut cases at PETA. They have a few convicted ECO terrorist in their executive board. They are Anti-Everything and attention is all they want. So don’t give them any.

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February 26th, 2010
2:42 pm

[...] project. The nuclear industry seems to have a problem with defaults and cost overruns. The help of big government is needed. The plan is to build two more reactors for Plant Vogtle, in Burke County. The Savannah [...]

Chris Mathews is covered in his own spittle because he is drinking again and beacause he is a latent liberal racist

February 27th, 2010
3:11 am

Nukes kept us safe from the Commie b@stards. Now the ENERGY can help in telling all the environmentalist to go outside. Count to ten. And play a rousing game of hide and go fock themselves. Seriously, you no growth, flat earth, global “Warmers,” need to relax. Obama’s EPA will never approve this deal. Trust me. I know libs.

Look at this nuke go off. This man should retire from public life and shut up.


February 28th, 2010
8:45 pm

Judging from the information I’ve gained from talking to the most knowledgeable people I know about nuclear power the biggest issue is where to store the nuclear waste. Any thoughts about how that issue at the existing or proposed nuclear sites in Georgia?

Buford Sowega

March 1st, 2010
5:52 am

Nukes are our best non-renewable solution. I’d much rather see lots of LITTLE nuke plants going up than frigin’ coal plants. The water use is still an issue, but the capacity fro anything else isn’t there right now. These morons need to get their priorities straight. Just like GMO’s, you’re making your opposition on religious grounds. Science and Reason please.

I do envision a future of all PV, solar-thermal, and biomass for Georgia eventually.

Alan Chapman

March 10th, 2010
10:27 am

The problem with nuclear power is not necessarily that it’s too dangerous. It’s that it is too expensive. That’s why the nuclear industry needs federal loan guarantees and promises that the government will dispose of the waste. This country is already in dire financial shape. We can’t afford to be subsidizing industries that aren’t economically viable. We also shouldn’t saddle future generations with the legacy of our nuclear waste.