Nuclear Power Industry Primed for Political Fight if Officials Sour on Plant Expansion Plans
By Dave Levinthal on March 14, 2011 4:39 PM
U.S. politicians are this week renewing debate over the merits of a decades-long freeze on domestic nuclear plant construction as half a world away, Japan faces a potential meltdown of reactors at its Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.
And if a political fight over new plant construction materializes, advocates of nuclear power in the United States are primed for it, a Center for Responsive Politics analysis of federal lobbying and campaign finance data indicates.
The Nuclear Energy Institute, a pro-nuclear power trade organization, has lobbied the federal government more during the past three years than it has at any point since 1998, when the Center first began tracking federal lobbying efforts.
Its priciest federal lobbying output came in 2008 at $2.36 million, followed in 2009 by $2.07 million in lobbying expenditures. Last year, it spent $1.69 million.