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.
(Cylvia Hayes, Executive Director)
Alliance for Affordable Energy
(Micah Walker Parkin)
Arizona Solar Center, Inc.
(Daniel Peter Aiello, Chair)
Arizona Solar Energy Association
Bob Lawrence & Associations
(Bob Lawrence, President)
Burlington Electric Department
(Mary Sullivan, Communications Coordinator)
Chesapeake Climate Action Network
(Mike Tidwell, Director)
(David Hughes, Executive Director)
Citizens Utility Board of Wisconsin
(Charlie Higley, Executive Director)
Clean Air Council
Colorado Energy Group
Colorado Renewable Energy Society
(Kimberly Peterson, Secretary)
Donald Aitken Associates
(Donald W. Aitken, Ph.D.)
EORenew (Eastern Oregon Renewable Energies Non-profit)
Eco Living Fellowship, Inc.
(Dr. Michael Skelly, Sr., President)
Environmental Resources Trust
(Alden Hathaway - Director, EcoPower Programs)
Friends of the Earth
Global Green U.S.A.
(Casey Coates Danson, President/Founder; Carolyn Ward, Managing Director)
(John Coequyt, Jim Riccio, Nuclear Policy Analyst)
Hawaii Solar Energy Association (HSEA)
(Rick Reed, President)
Local Government Commission
Local 103 I.B.E.W.
(Martin E. Aikens, Business Agent)
Maine Solar Energy Association
(Richard Komp PhD. President)
(Hoyt Hudson, CEO)
MD-DC-VA Solar Energy Industries Association
Minnesotans for an Energy-Efficient Economy
(J. Drake Hamilton, Science Policy Director)
North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association
Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
(Susan E. Coakley, Executive Director)
Northwest Energy Coalition
Nuclear Information & Resource Service
Renewable Energy Long Island (RELI)
(Michael Vickerman, Executive Director)
San Luis Sustainability Group Architects
Solar Energy International (SEI)
(Johnny Weiss, Executive Director)
The Stella Group, Ltd.
(Scott Sklar, President)
Sustainable Energy and Economic Development (SEED) Coalition
(Karen Hadden, Executive Director)
Vermont Energy Investment Corporation
Voices Opposed To Environmental Racism
The Vote Solar Initiative
(Lisa Daniels, Executive Director)
Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation
(Janet Brandt, Executive Director)
Wisconsin Green Building Alliance
(Constance A. Lindholm, Executive Director)
Women in Sustainable Energy (WISE)