U.S. Committee for Energy Awareness Launches Pro-Nuclear-Power Campaign, and More Renewable Energy News


In this renewable energy update from 1983, the U.S. Committee for Energy Awareness launches a pro-nuclear power campaign, ads mislead viewers about nuclear waste disposal safety, increased production of solar power cells is predicted, a weatherization program to save energy and create jobs is launched, record photovoltaic power plants are built, and electricity prices increase.

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U.S. Committee for Energy Awareness Launches Pro-Nuclear Power Campaign

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July marks the month when the U.S. Committee for Energy Awareness,a public relations group representing (and substantially made up of executives from) utility companies, plans to launch its multimillion-dollar pronuclear ad campaign nationwide. As we reported in this column in MOTHER no. 81, consumers will likely pay most of the $40millionplus tab for the promotion, which is designed to set the record straight” (according to the slick TV spots) and convince us all that nuclear power is both safe and desirable. If the ads appear on local stations in your area, youre urged to contact the Safe Energy Communication Council for literature explaining the other side of the story. The council will also provide, if you wish, information on how to organize to obtain free broadcast time under the Fairness Doctrine for communicating the energy alternative (via your own or SECCprepared messages) over your city‘s airwaves.