Was the Nuclear Energy Institute, the nuclear utility-oriented trade group, for or against cap-and-trade or carbon pricing during the recent Congressional debate?
The ambivalence continued as NEI attracted attention by posting the humorous “Bring Out Your Dead” scene from Monty Python and the Holy Grail on Twitter amidst a flurry of “obituaries” for climate legislation.
In the side-splitting scene, a medieval peasant tries to pawn off an elderly man onto the operator of a cart for plague victims while the elderly man protests he is not dead. Funny enough.
But what is the significance? Is NEI mourning the loss of cap and trade? Or is it joining the celebration that “cap-and-tax” has been defeated. The Monty Python video leaves the question up in the air.
NEI never took a specific stand on carbon pricing during the climate debate. Instead, it proposed a list of tax incentives, government financing and policy changes that would promote more construction.
But maybe that’s the point of the video. After protesting that taking a live victim would be “against regulations,” the cart operator finally obliges the peasant by surreptitiously finishing off his elderly charge with a whack on the head.