Wisconsin Leaders at Odds With President on Nuclear

“Our competitors are racing to create jobs and command growing energy industries. And nuclear energy is no exception.” – President Obama, February 16, 2010

“Promising “this is only the beginning,” President Barack Obama announced more than $8 billion in federal loan guarantees Tuesday for the construction of the first nuclear power plant in the United States in nearly three decades.”

Those new jobs will be in Georgia.

That’s right, Georgia will get hundreds of permanent highly paid jobs, thousands of construction jobs AND $8 billion that will actually impact carbon emissions in their state.

Why not Wisconsin?

Good Question.

They call the Global Warming Task Force Bill the “Clean Energy Jobs Act” (SB 450/AB 649) but continue to effectively ban clean energy and jobs from nuclear energy.

Wisconsin’s archaic ban on new nuclear energy keeps our state from competing with progressive states like Georgia.

“Obama’s budget proposal for 2011 would add $36 billion in new federal loan guarantees to $18.5 billion already budgeted but not spent — for a total of $54.5 billion.”

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