Here at Clean Energy Insight, we believe that the time has come for the nuclear industry to become proactive in the public debate on clean energy. We want to give you the tools to become advocates for the most environmentally friendly, affordable, and reliable form of energy. Go ahead – move energy forward.
How to get involved
- Know the issues, facts, and arguments presented on this website
- Call, email, or write your Congressmen and local Representatives
- Write an op-ed or letter to the editor
- Comment on a nuclear power related article online – keep it cordial and informative
- Call your local radio station – you will instantly reach thousands of people
- Tell your friends, share what you have learned, nuclear power is interesting and makes for a great “Did you know?” conversation – get them involved as well
How to write a letter/email to your Representatives
- Pick your topic and a well-thought out basis for your letter – important topics and legislation will be provided by the Clean Energy Insight staff
- Enter your zip code to use this search tool to find your State and Federal Representatives (Congress.org)
- Address the letter correctly as seen here (About.com)
- Take ownership of your letter – identify yourself as a constituent and use personal stories, present your credentials, and tell the Representative if you don’t often write letters to Legislators
- Keep the letter short and to the point – use the facts presented on the website, facts on the economic benefits of nuclear energy work very well
- Mail and email the letter – mailed letters can take 6-8 weeks for delivery, but they have the most impact
How to write a letter to the editor of a local newspaper
- Pick your topic and a well-thought out basis for your letter – important topics and legislation will be provided from time-to-time by Clean Energy Insight
- Most people are familiar with their local newspapers – if you are not, check here (Onlinenewspapers.com)
- Follow instructions provided – many newspapers have guidelines for submitting letters (i.e. – maximum of 300 words)
- Keep it short – three short paragraphs are standard for a letter to the editor (1st – introduce the issue, 2nd- state your point of view, 3rd- state your solution in a clever summary)
- Be concise and to the point – you are trying to influence people with only three short paragraphs!
- Submit your letter as specified in the instructions
Above all, know the facts.
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