Nash, Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt -- all principals in the 1979 No Nukes concerts in New York -- planned to spend Tuesday lobbying U.S. legislators to remove a provision from the latest federal energy bill that provides for public funding of new nuclear power plant construction.
"Without public money they'll never be able to build another nuclear power plant," Nash said. "From the point of view of just economics, alternative (energy sources) far, far outshine nuclear in terms of energy and cost efficiency."
Nash, Browne and Raitt have been joined in the drive by members of the Dixie Chicks, Pearl Jam, Maroon 5, R.E.M., Don Henley, Wynton Marsalis and other musicians. Singer-songwriter John Hall, now a U.S. representative from New York and House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming Chairman Rep. Edward J. Markley, D-Mass., are supporting the campaign.
Nash said more than 100,000 people have signed an online petition opposing the energy bill provision.