May. 9th, 2009

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"Surprise, surprise, surprise." - Gomer Pyle, USMC

Bless their pea-pickin' hearts. When the banks are being beat out in the "contribution" business, you know the congress critters are doing well for these 'constituents".

Nuclear Power Gets Boost From Top Campaign Cash Recipients - Washington Independent - 08 May 09

"Hoyer and Clyburn ranked No. 3 and No. 5, respectively, among active House members on electric utilities’ list of campaign-money beneficiaries during the 2008 election cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Since 2003, Hoyer has received $348,800 from the political action committees of electric utilities, compared with $247,500 from investment firms and $133,250 from banks. Clyburn has also received more from electric-utility PACs since 2003 ($183,265) than from banks ($132,800) or investment firms ($102,750).

Another Democrat cited by Roll Call as advocating for more nuclear incentives in the climate bill, House Budget Committee Chairman John Spratt (D-S.C.), has also taken in far more from electric-power PACs than from famously influential banks and investment firms. Electric utilities have contributed $197,900 to Spratt since 2003, while bank PACs have given him just $56,000 and Wall Street PACs $21,000 during that same period."

"Indeed, the nuclear industry’s biggest players have ramped up their giving to Democrats even further during the first three months of this year. After giving slightly more than half of its donations to Democrats during the 2008 election, the Nuclear Energy Institute PAC sent the majority party more than $56,000 of its $60,000 in first-quarter 2009 campaign donations, according to the Federal Election Commission database.

Duke Energy, which joined NEI as a sponsor of Clyburn’s golf tournament last year, gave $56,000 during the first three months of this year – more than half of what it donated to Democrats during the entire 2008 election season.

'There is no doubt that the tide is moving in favor of nuclear power among Democrats,' Dr. Patrick Moore, the co-founder of Greenpeace turned nuclear advocate at the industry-backed Clean and Safe Energy Coalition, said in an email. Moore said he spoke to the House Nuclear Issues Working Group, which Spratt co-chairs, last week and found a receptive audience."


Democrats Clash on Climate Change - Roll Call - 04 May 09

"Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.), Budget Chairman John Spratt (D-S.C.) and Science and Technology Chairman Bart Gordon (D-Tenn.) are among those pushing for nuclear power carve-outs in the bill.

Clyburn said he made it clear to Waxman in a meeting Tuesday that nuclear power has to be taken into consideration to get his support, noting that 54 percent of his state’s electricity now comes from nuclear power. 'It has to be fair,' Clyburn said. He made that point in the Thursday meeting, and Hoyer aligned himself with the position, a source said.

Hoyer and Spratt have giant nuclear plants in their districts whose owners are applying to add what would be the first new reactors in the country in decades. Nuclear power would benefit greatly from a cap-and-trade system because the technology does not emit carbon dioxide, but pro-nuclear power lawmakers want a variety of other changes, from financing for nuclear plants to investments in reprocessing facilities to reduce nuclear waste.

And Gordon is pushing for an exemption for new nuclear plants from a requirement that 25 percent of electricity come from renewable, non-nuclear power sources. "
webfarmer: (Default)
"Surprise, surprise, surprise." - Gomer Pyle, USMC

Bless their pea-pickin' hearts. When the banks are being beat out in the "contribution" business, you know the congress critters are doing well for these 'constituents".

Nuclear Power Gets Boost From Top Campaign Cash Recipients - Washington Independent - 08 May 09

"Hoyer and Clyburn ranked No. 3 and No. 5, respectively, among active House members on electric utilities’ list of campaign-money beneficiaries during the 2008 election cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Since 2003, Hoyer has received $348,800 from the political action committees of electric utilities, compared with $247,500 from investment firms and $133,250 from banks. Clyburn has also received more from electric-utility PACs since 2003 ($183,265) than from banks ($132,800) or investment firms ($102,750).

Another Democrat cited by Roll Call as advocating for more nuclear incentives in the climate bill, House Budget Committee Chairman John Spratt (D-S.C.), has also taken in far more from electric-power PACs than from famously influential banks and investment firms. Electric utilities have contributed $197,900 to Spratt since 2003, while bank PACs have given him just $56,000 and Wall Street PACs $21,000 during that same period."

"Indeed, the nuclear industry’s biggest players have ramped up their giving to Democrats even further during the first three months of this year. After giving slightly more than half of its donations to Democrats during the 2008 election, the Nuclear Energy Institute PAC sent the majority party more than $56,000 of its $60,000 in first-quarter 2009 campaign donations, according to the Federal Election Commission database.

Duke Energy, which joined NEI as a sponsor of Clyburn’s golf tournament last year, gave $56,000 during the first three months of this year – more than half of what it donated to Democrats during the entire 2008 election season.

'There is no doubt that the tide is moving in favor of nuclear power among Democrats,' Dr. Patrick Moore, the co-founder of Greenpeace turned nuclear advocate at the industry-backed Clean and Safe Energy Coalition, said in an email. Moore said he spoke to the House Nuclear Issues Working Group, which Spratt co-chairs, last week and found a receptive audience."


Democrats Clash on Climate Change - Roll Call - 04 May 09

"Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.), Budget Chairman John Spratt (D-S.C.) and Science and Technology Chairman Bart Gordon (D-Tenn.) are among those pushing for nuclear power carve-outs in the bill.

Clyburn said he made it clear to Waxman in a meeting Tuesday that nuclear power has to be taken into consideration to get his support, noting that 54 percent of his state’s electricity now comes from nuclear power. 'It has to be fair,' Clyburn said. He made that point in the Thursday meeting, and Hoyer aligned himself with the position, a source said.

Hoyer and Spratt have giant nuclear plants in their districts whose owners are applying to add what would be the first new reactors in the country in decades. Nuclear power would benefit greatly from a cap-and-trade system because the technology does not emit carbon dioxide, but pro-nuclear power lawmakers want a variety of other changes, from financing for nuclear plants to investments in reprocessing facilities to reduce nuclear waste.

And Gordon is pushing for an exemption for new nuclear plants from a requirement that 25 percent of electricity come from renewable, non-nuclear power sources. "

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