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Anti-Nuke Group Plans Petition to Constellation

The Chesapeake Safe Energy Coalition, which opposes nuclear power, plans to deliver its Christmas present to Constellation Energy Tuesday morning: A petition with more than 8,000 signatures urging the company to sever its ties to the joint nuclear venture Unistar.

The activists have been unhappy with Constellation's plans to build a third nuclear reactor at its Calvert County plant, citing ballooning cost estimates and their opposition to the federal loan guarantees sought by the company for financing.

The nuclear issue flared again last week, when Electricite de France, the state-owned utility, beat out a Midwest utility controlled by Warren Buffett to save the financially battered energy giant.

EDF will pay $4.5 billion for a half interest in Constellation's nuclear power plants, and plans to press hard for the Calvert Cliffs expansion with federal lawmakers. Unistar is a joint venture between EDF and Constellation.

Members of the Chesapeake Coalition plan to picket outside Constellation's Baltimore headquarters on East Pratt Street from 8 to 9 a.m., reading anti-nuclear messages from a megaphone and handing out candycanes with energy factsheets attached.

The activists are pressing policymakers to endorse aggressive energy-efficiency measures they say could save energy and cut demand, costing taxpayers less than a new nuclear plant.

By Lisa Rein  |  December 22, 2008; 4:46 PM ET
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Someone has to stop the madness. Tax-payers are again stuck with the financing for another Nuke power plant. So much for these terrorist targets being cost-effective. And after all that, a foreign power will actually be half-Owners?

This rip-off needs to be Halted.

Posted by: free-donny | December 22, 2008 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Nuclear plants don't pollute or result in global warming. But then again these anti-nuke activists aren't going to worry about global warming when it is 10 degrees outside this morning when they picket. I bet every one of them drives an oil burning car. Don't they use electricity in their homes? Do they want that electricity to come from coal?

Posted by: robinfickerofrobinrealty | December 23, 2008 6:57 AM | Report abuse

Merry Christmas to all!

Posted by: robinfickerofrobinrealty | December 24, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Well at least the French are the nuclear power experts. They get 80% of their power from nuclear.

Posted by: spikemilligan | December 29, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

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