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Capitals nuclear energy sponsor has environmentalists seeing red – not green

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.

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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.