To the Editor:
Re “ ’70s Echo in New ‘No Nukes’ Campaign” (news article, Oct. 23):
The statements made with respect to corporate welfare to the nuclear power industry being on a par with taxpayer financing of other kinds of energy are absolutely accurate.
Hundreds of billions have flowed from the American taxpayer (in a variety of ingenious ways) to the nuclear industry and Big Oil. When you add in the attendant security costs for each, the sums expand beyond calculation.
Unfortunately, only minimal and sporadic financing has gone to the clean sustainable forms of power generation (wind, solar, geothermal and so on) and efficiency technologies.
Study after study has shown the need and potential for sustainable power, but the money continues to flow to the polluting industries. Why? Because big energy can pay the lobbyists and give the big campaign contributions — simple as that.
Scarsdale, N.Y., Oct. 24, 2007
The writer is a senior policy analyst with Friends United for Sustainable Energy, a nonprofit energy policy think tank based in New York.