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Nuclear Energy Coalition
Gov. Whitman serves as a member of the Nuclear Matters Advisory Council (www.nuclearmatters.com). Nuclear Matters is a coalition that works to inform the public and policymakers about the clear benefits of nuclear energy. The coalition advocates for policy solutions that properly value nuclear energy as a reliable, affordable, safe and emissions-free electricity resource that is essential to America’s energy future.
Nuclear Matters reaches out to stakeholders and energy consumers around the country to engage and mobilize them in support of nuclear energy in their states and communities, and to promote solutions that will help to preserve this essential energy resource.
On December 1, 2016, the Clean and Safe Energy (CASEnergy) Coalition and Nuclear Advocacy Network (NAN) joined Nuclear Matters to form a single, broad-based, multifunctional entity to leverage a diverse community of advocates and advance policies favorable to current and future nuclear energy use. From 2006-2016, Gov. Whitman served as Co-Chair of CASEnergy.
The nuclear industry wanted to educate the public on the benefits of nuclear power and broaden public support for the continued operation of existing nuclear plants and the approval of new nuclear plants in the U.S.
In 2006, WSG President Christie Whitman agreed to co-chair the CASEnergy Coalition, along with Patrick Moore, one of the co-founders of Greenpeace. The coalition, funded by the Nuclear Energy Institute, was designed to lead a public dialogue on the role that nuclear power should have in meeting our nation’s future electricity needs and the roll it can play in addressing clean air and climate change. The coalition aimed to educate people on the basic facts of nuclear power and to make sure policymakers had the necessary tools to make informed decisions about our country’s energy future.
Christie Whitman and WSG partners provided strategic advice and direction to the coalition through weekly meetings and participated in member recruitment. Governor Whitman traveled to targeted states each year to give speeches, hold events, and meet with community leaders. She did numerous media interviews and authored op-eds to help inform the public and raise awareness, with a particular focus on gaining non-traditional support from minorities, women, and young people.
Over 4000 organizations and individuals from many different sectors—including health care, academia, minority groups, women’s groups, religious groups, and labor unions— joined the CASEnergy Coalition. The Whitman Strategy Group’s efforts with CASEnergy helped build and maintain Americans’ support for U.S. nuclear energy. Five new reactors are being or have been built in the United States: one by TVA in Tennessee, two at Plant Vogtle in Georgia and two at V.C. Summer Nuclear Station in South Carolina. According to recent polls, a majority of Americans continue to favor the use of nuclear energy as one of the ways to provide electricity for the U.S. Nuclear energy is also increasing viewed as a critical component in achieving carbon reduction and clean air goals.