What (Really) Happened, Day #18
After vehemently opposing the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository in 2008, Hillary Clinton launched her second presidential run by refusing to tell anyone where she stood.
Clinton and her team spent the first several months of her campaign in a bitter feud with the Bernie Sanders wing of the party over whether she was “progressive enough.” That feud turned to the topic of Yucca Mountain in June 2015, when commentator Jon Ralston called her out for equivocating on the issue.
Three months later, Clinton made things much worse — by attending a campaign fundraiser at the home of (you guessed it) a Yucca Mountain contractor.
The former secretary of state fundraised at the home of a Yucca Mountain contractor in September. In addition, she has welcomed a number of bundlers who have actively pushed to keep the nuclear dump open.
The September fundraiser, hosted by former Shaw Group CEO Jim Bernhard, cost guests $2,700 to attend, $27,000 to cosponsor and $50,000 to sponsor.
The Shaw Group lobbied extensively for Yucca Mountain in recent years, spending nearly $2 million lobbying for issues that included the Nevada repository in 2010 and 2011. In 2008, Bernhard’s company won a major contract to operate Yucca Mountain.
The firm that purchased Shaw Group in 2012, Chicago Bridge & Iron, continued to lobby the government on Yucca Mountain.
Here’s a fun flashback —
During a January 2008 Democratic primary debate, Hillary Clinton stood on stage and criticized Barack Obama for taking money from nuclear-energy interests — implying that any candidate who accepts money from companies that have “spent millions of dollars trying to make Yucca Mountain the waste depository” . . . just isn’t progressive enough.