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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 25, 2008
CONTACT: Josh Dorner, 202.675.2384

Newly Uncovered YouTube Video Shows McCain Hypocrisy
on Yucca Mountain and Nuclear Waste
McCain Wants to Stick Nevada with Thousands of Tons of Dangerous Waste
But ‘Wouldn’t Be Comfortable’ with Waste Going Through Arizona

Washington, D.C.—As John McCain travels to Nevada today to raise money and tout his misguided energy proposals, a newly uncovered television interview exposes the Arizona Senator’s hypocrisy when it comes to the issue of Yucca Mountain and nuclear waste.  McCain is a major proponent of storing thousands of tons of high-level nuclear waste at the unproven and unsafe Yucca Mountain site and just last week proposed a building 100 new nuclear reactors—a plan that by utilities’ own estimates could cost more than $1 TRILLION.  Yet, in an interview posted to the YouTube website in May 2007 and uncovered today, McCain says he would not be comfortable with the waste traveling through his own home state on its way to the proposed Nevada repository.

The video can be viewed at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPlaHQCKc34

Transcript (beginning at 1:14):

Interviewer: What about the transportation?  Would you be comfortable with nuclear waste coming through Arizona on its way, you know going through Phoenix, on its way to uh Yucca Mountain?

McCain (Shaking Head): No, I would not.  No, I would not.

Statement of Carl Pope, Sierra Club Executive Director

“It’s truly shocking that John McCain is willing to stick the people of Nevada with thousands of tons of dangerous high-level nuclear waste, while acknowledging that he wouldn’t even want it traveling through his own state on its way to Yucca Mountain. John McCain needs to explain to the people of Nevada why he thinks their state is a perfect place to dump nuclear waste forever, when he isn’t even comfortable with having it in his own backyard for a day.

“The Yucca Mountain site is unsafe, unproven and no place to put the thousands of tons of nuclear waste already created by the nuclear industry.  What’s more, John McCain has proposed a misguided and irresponsible energy plan that would waste at least $1 trillion on 100 new nuclear reactors—effectively doubling the number of reactors and amount of waste we’d have to deal with.

“Nuclear power is simply a costly, dirty, and dangerous distraction from the real solutions to global warming—energy efficiency and clean, renewable energy.  Instead of foisting nuclear waste on Nevada, John McCain should put his money where his mouth is on renewable energy and support the clean energy incentives that could make Nevada a leader in building the clean energy economy.”

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