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Capitals nuclear energy sponsor has environmentalists seeing red - not green

Thursday, 10.01.2009 / 3:38 PM / News

The Canadian Press

WASHINGTON - The Washington Capitals are opening the NHL season with a new sponsor that has some environmentalists seeing red instead of green.

The Nuclear Energy Institute says it's placing signs at the Verizon Center to promote the clean-air benefits of nuclear energy. Supporters say nuclear energy provides electricity without the emissions of coal or other fossil fuels.

But environmental groups such as Greenpeace are crying foul. Nuclear policy analyst Jim Riccio says the Washington-based group doesn't want sports teams being used to greenwash nuclear power, which it believes isn't a solution to global warming.

The group says nuclear plants take years to build and methods of disposing nuclear waste haven't been developed.

For me, it's a great win for our hockey team and for a lot of people back in Columbus, especially our fans in particular … people who have been devoted to this organization, it's big.

— Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards on their win vs. the Penguins in Game 2, the franchise's first-ever Stanley Cup Playoff victory