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Tuesday, July 18, 2006

AAEA Still In Nuclear Blackout

Jon Gertner wrote a massive article, "Atomic Balm," for The New York Times Magazine and AAEA was excluded from being mentioned when he described the environmentalists that support nuclear power. Gertner had to really work at ignoring AAEA's early work as the first and still only American environmental organization that supports nuclear power. Unless nobody he talked to in the nuclear industry mentioned us. We doubt this because we are constantly linked and quoted in the Nuclear Energy Institute's Nuclear Notes Blog.

Another Times reporter, Matthew Wald, also refuses to acknowledge AAEA's position in the history of environmental groups supporting nuclear. And he introduced himself to AAEA President Norris McDonald at a hearing at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) headquarters in Rockville, Maryland. He even gave McDonald his card.

We see a pattern of ignoring our important early contributions to the revival of this energy sector. Although we do not like it, we do understand. It is not the first time and will not be the last time our good work is ignored by media elites. When it comes to media descriptions of environmentalist support for nuclear power and inclusion of our contributions, it is a BLACKOUT.

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