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Make (Non-) Nuclear History.

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Video from NIRS, Friends of the Earth, Public Citizen, Greenpeace and Sierra Club on our possible energy futures: one reliant on dirty, dangerous nuclear power and fossil fuels and the other on a clean, safe, and affordable nuclear-free, carbon-free energy system based on renewables.

The choice is easy. And the video is clear. Watch it at www.makenuclearhistory.org, take the actions afterwards, and share it with everyone you know.


Women and Radiation

effects of radiation on women

Research by NIRS' Mary Olson demonstrates that women and girls are more susceptible to the effects of radiation than men and boys. On May 5, 2015, Olson gave a presentation about these issues at a United Nations meeting in New York on Gender and Nuclear Weapons.

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Breaking News

June 29, 2015

Amory Lovins and Tim Judson to hold telebriefing Tuesday, June 30, 2015: Nuclear lessons for the U.S. from Japan and Germany


June 16, 2015

Seven international clean energy groups, including NIRS, launch major Don't Nuke the Climate! campaign.


May 27, 2015

NIRS brief to D.C. Public Service Commission against proposed Exelon takeover of Pepco.

Briefs in opposition to takeover by GRID 2.0 and DC SUN.


May 14, 2015

New York City Council enters debate over Indian Point reactors; resolution introduced to close and decommission reactors 35 miles from Manhattan. Press release from NIRS and three other organizations.


February 9, 2015

Four clean energy groups, including NIRS, blast WCS proposal to build an "interim" high-level radwaste storage site in west Texas. Press release. Background information.


Support NIRS' Michael Mariotte Legacy Fund

Michael Mariotte

The initial campaign has ended for NIRS' Michael Mariotte Legacy Fund, created in tribute to Michael's more than 30 years of building the movement to stop nuclear power, end the creation of radioactive waste, and hasten our sustainable energy future.

But donations for this fund are still being accepted with gratitude; they are still needed. Find out more and watch video tributes by Bonnie Raitt, Graham Nash and Jackson Browne.

 

 

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GreenWorld, NIRS' blog, is at www.safeenergy.org

June 29, 2015

Still more ratepayer bailouts needed, says Entergy exec

The nuclear power industry increasingly reminds one of nothing so much as the spoiled brat (or, possibly, the greedy king Midas) who, upon receiving a gift, instantly wants "more!"

Thus, when the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) June 10 approved a plan put forth last December by the PJM grid--the largest of the three major grids in the U.S.--to reward high-performing power plants and penalize low-performing units, Entergy’s (the second largest nuclear utility) instant reaction was “more.”

A little translation may be in order. After all, it would seem to make perfect sense to reward the best and penalize the worst. But the real intent of PJM’s plans was to funnel more money to nuclear reactors at the expense of renewables and gas, under the guise that reactors are better able to keep the lights on during things like polar vortexes and other freaks of nature.

It’s all part of the nuclear industry’s "reliability" pitch that appears in just about every industry press release and public statement. Actually, reactors, especially Entergy’s, haven’t been all that reliable in extreme weather: its Pilgrim reactor was shut down more than once last winter because of major snow storms, for example. But renewables, by definition, are low-performing: their capacity factor is low compared with nuclear and fossil fuels. That’s not necessarily a problem in the real world; it just means you need more nameplate capacity with renewables to get the same actual output.

Continue reading at www.safeenergy.org


June 16, 2015

Don't Nuke the Climate! The launch of a new campaign.

Today, seven international clean energy organizations launched a major new campaign aimed at keeping nuclear power out--as in completely out--of all negotiations at the upcoming COP 21 climate talks in Paris in December.

The seven initiating groups are NIRS, WISE, Sortir du Nucleaire, Ecodefense, Global 2000, WECF, and Germany’s Burgerinitiative Umweltschutz. The logos of each adorn the right side of this post.

While the campaign is being launched and coordinated by these seven groups, many, many more groups will be participating by the time we get to Paris, where we’ll be doing what worked so well in New York at last October’s People’s Climate March: building a highly visible Nuclear-Free, Carbon-Free Contingent for the various rallies and other events taking place during COP 21.

But we’re also planning to be inside the building, as we were in The Hague in 2000, where--with a little unexpected help from Al Gore--we kept nuclear power out of the Kyoto Protocol’s carbon trading mechanisms established there. We might or might not get Al Gore’s help this time, but we expect the result to be about the same--because nuclear power is counterproductive at addressing our climate crisis. As we’ve pointed out here many times, most recently here--where the Energy Information Administration itself provided the analysis--using nuclear power as a climate “solution” would prevent the deployment of the renewable technologies that are faster and cheaper at reducing carbon emissions, and are safer and cleaner overall to boot.

Continue reading at www.safeenergy.org


Nuclear Power and Climate: It's No Solution

New: COP 21 Don't Nuke the Climate! organizing and resources page.

Pope Francis' Encyclical on climate includes several passages highly skeptical of nuclear power as a technology, and thus as a climate solution. Excerpts here.

Fact sheet: Nuclear Power and Climate: Why Nukes Can't Save the Planet.

Briefing Paper: Nuclear Energy is Dirty Energy (and does not fit in a clean energy standard). pdf

Briefing Paper: Killing the Competition. How nuclear industry is attempting to block climate action, stop renewable energy and subsidize old reactors. pdf

Report: Power Shift: The Deployment of a 21st Century Electricity Sector and the Nuclear War to Stop It. Describes how the nuclear power industry is seeking consumer bailouts for its uneconomic reactors while working to undermine adoption of clean renewable energy.

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Hot News and Actions

May 18, 2015. Hour-long interview of NIRS' President Michael Mariotte on 21st Century radio, recorded May 10, 2015.

May 14, 2015. In case brought by NIRS and other groups, NRC Commissioners say agency can license controversial MOX plant without determining whether it can be protected from cyberterrorism.

March 12, 2015. NIRS' President Michael Mariotte on Uprising Radio: Four years later, Fukushima disaster has no end in sight. Video and audio available here.

March 9, 2015. To the Village Square. Remarkable and beautiful new book from photographer Lionel Delevigne. Says Harvey Wasserman: "The No Nukes movement may someday be remembered as history's most essential non-violent uprising. While shutting down and preventing the construction of hundreds of lethal reactors--each with the power to
attack our core existence on this planet--it has also given birth to what may soon become the world's largest industry, the Solartopian conversion to renewable green power. Along the way Lionel Delevingne has been the 'family photographer' of an amazing body of people and actions that, against all odds, have created a way for the human race to survive."

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January 21, 2015. New independent report urges DC PSC to reject Exelon-Pepco merger. It would cost ratepayers and undermine renewable energy initiatives.

January 13, 2015. NIRS' executive director Tim Judson's third testimony to Washington DC Public Service Commission on proposed Exelon/Pepco merger focuses on reactor decommissioning liabilities Pepco ratepayers could be exposed to if merger were approved.

January 6, 2015. Testimony of NIRS' executive director Tim Judson before Washington DC Public Service Commission in opposition to proposed Exelon/Pepco merger.

December 9, 2014. Sens. Boxer and Markey blast NRC for U.S. collaboration with Russia to gut international post-Fukushima nuclear safety rules.

December 4, 2014. Tell your Congressmembers: No taxpayer funding for failed Yucca Mountain radwaste dump!

November 24, 2014. For 8th time in past 10 months, renewables dominate new U.S. generating capacity. For year, new renewables are more than 37 times nukes, coal and oil combined. Sun Day Campaign press release.

November 12, 2014. Digging Our Own Grave. New video from Russia's Green World on Rosatom's hapless efforts to find a long-term strategy for radioactive waste.

November 12, 2014. Wasteland. Documentary from Green World about reprocessing irradiated fuel at Russia's Mayak facility.

November 7, 2014. Green Action blasts Sendai restart approval: Governor of Kagoshima fails Fukushima lessons:
ignores science, safety and public opinion.

October 21, 2014. NRC Chair Alison Macfarlane announces she will be leaving Commission on January 1, 2015. Her term ran until 2018. Announcement, text of resignation letter.

October 20, 2014. Sen. Markey (D-Mass.) sent a letter to NRC Chair Alison Macfarlane expressing serious concerns about the NRC staff's FOCD (Foreign Ownership, Control, or Domination) paper and recommendations, and urged the NRC to not accept the recommendations. Letter is here.

August 20, 2014. Press release from Sun Day Campaign. Renewables make up 100% of new U.S. generation capacity in July 2014.

August 15, 2014. Press release from Nuclear Energy Information Service (NEIS) in Chicago: Illinois Legislature Should Oppose Exelon Bailout.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reports, Papers and Info You Can Use

June 17, 2015. Important new report from Institute for Energy and the Environment at Vermont Law School's Mark Cooper: Power Shift: The Deployment of a 21st Century Electricity Sector and the Nuclear War to Stop It. Describes how the nuclear power industry is seeking consumer bailouts for its uneconomic reactors while working to undermine adoption of clean renewable energy.

May 14, 2015. Presentation by Yves Marignac to NIRS on May 11, 2015 on French nuclear issues and its current energy transition. Documents the reasons for the stunning decline of the French nuclear industry.

April 29, 2015. Powerpoint presentation by the U.K.'s Dr. Ian Fairlie to U.S. EPA officials, April 27, 2015 on causes and effects of increased childhood leukemia within 5 kilometers (3 miles) of European nuclear reactors. Presentation in pdf.

April 16, 2015. Informal English translation of April 14 Japanese court decision barring restart of Takahama nuclear reactors. Decision challenges Japan's entire nuclear regulatory scheme, finding it inadequate to assure public safety. Prepared by Green Action in Japan.

April 15, 2015. New report from Nuclear Transparency Watch: Europe is not prepared for a Fukushima level nuclear accident.

March 11, 2015. Audio recording of NIRS' March 9 telebriefing on the aftermath of the 2011 Fukushima disaster, with Aileen Mioko Smith of Green Action, Akira Kawaski of Peace Boat, David Lochbaum of Union of Concerned Scientists. Tim Judson, executive director of NIRS, moderated. MP3 file. Notes, with graphics, from David Lochbaum's presentation (pdf file). Also, lots more new info on our Fukushima crisis page.

March 2, 2015. Conversation between NIRS' Mary Olson and radiation researcher Dr. Ian Fairlie on the health consequences of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. MP3.

January 12, 2015. Presentation from Steve Frishman of Nevada's Agency for Nuclear Projects: The Role of Geology at the Proposed Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository.

January 9, 2015. Report from four Illinois state agencies on the implications of shutdown of some Exelon reactors. Exelon, and some state legislators, had hoped this report would lay the groundwork for a ratepayer bailout of the utility's uneconomic nukes, but it falls far short of that intent.

January 9, 2015. Renewable Energies versus Nuclear Power: Comparing Financial Support. A report on energy subsidies in the European Union and how they are best allocated, commissioned by the Vienna (Austria) Ombuds-Office for Environmental Protection. Report blasts subsidies for proposed Hinkley Point UK reactors; concludes renewable energy support is more economical and effective than subsidies for nuclear power.

January 7, 2015. New report from Clean Water Action examines the failures of the Safe Drinking Water Act--and its enforcement--to protect critical clean water supplies from oil and gas development, and from uranium mining activities.

December 16, 2014. A major new report from Institute for Local Self Reliance: "Beyond Utility 2.0 to Energy Democracy." Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the changes that are rapidly transforming the electric utility industry and how to make those changes both democratize production, delivery and use of energy as well as usher in a clean energy system.

December 5, 2014. New report from EarthLife South Africa and Ecodefense on Russia's shady efforts to build nuclear reactors in South Africa: Pay More With Nuclear.

December 4, 2014. New NIRS factsheet: Why Yucca Mountain Would Fail as a Nuclear Waste Repository

November 19, 2014. Valuable new report from Europe's EJOLT: Uranium mining, unveiling the impacts of the nuclear industry. Also, EJOLT has produced a second report, focusing on the energy future of Bulgaria and Slovenia, with special emphasis on uranium mining.

October 22, 2014. Titled "Rosatom Risks," a major new report from Greenpeace International focuses on the troubling record of Rosatom, Russia's state-owned nuclear manufacturing company--one that is aggressively trying to sell new reactors across the world.

July 30, 2014. World Nuclear Status Report 2014. An indispensable document. This year's conclusion: nuclear power globally is in a historic decline....like dinosaurs in a garden...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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