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Nuclear Energy Coalition
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. 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.