November 18, 2010: Nuclear Power: No Solution to the Climate Crisis. Powerpoint from NIRS’ Executive Director prepared for debate with Nuclear Energy Institute for Clean Air Council in Philadelphia. Explains why nuclear power can’t save the climate and discusses genuinely clean technologies that can.
June 2010: Physicians for Social Responsibility analysis of nuclear power provisions of the Kerry-Lieberman American Power Act. Long version. Two-page summary.
May 12, 2010: Help Stop Senate Dirty Energy Bill. NIRS Alert.
May 12, 2010: 200 organizations announce opposition to Kerry-Lieberman dirty energy “climate” bill. Press release (now with 213 organizational signers).
May 11, 2010. Section-by-section Congressional staff analysis of Kerry-Lieberman climate bill (may change on final release of bill).
Powering a Green Planet. Interactive website put together by Scientific American that amplifies on the November 2009 cover story: A Path to Sustainable Energy by 2030, in which two California professors lay out a clear plan for the U.S. to become 100% renewable-powered by 2030.
October 13, 2009: “Four Nuclear Myths: A commentary on Stewart Brand’s Whole Earth Discipline and on similar writings.” New piece by Rocky Mountain Institute’s Amory Lovins debunks four key myths often propounded by nuclear power supporters:
August 26, 2009: Take Action Now for a Strong Climate Bill and Against Taxpayer Bailouts of the Nuclear Power Industry! Alert.
- variable renewable sources of electricity (windpower and photovoltaics) can provide little or no reliable electricity because they are not “baseload”—able to run all the time;
- those renewable sources require such enormous amounts of land, hundreds of times more than nuclear power does, that they’re environmentally unacceptable;
- all options, including nuclear power, are needed to combat climate change; and
- nuclear power’s economics matter little because governments must use it anyway to protect the climate.
August 18, 2009: Top 10 Reasons Nukes Won’t Save Climate. Article from Michael Mariotte, first posted on DailyKos.
June 30, 2009: Tell President Obama: Don't Let the Senate Climate Bill Get Hijacked by the Nuclear Power Industry! NIRS Alert.
June 22, 2009. 47 organizations, including NIRS, send letter calling for major improvements in House climate change legislation.
Spring 2009: No Nukes, No Coal, No Kidding. NIRS Factsheet.
April 19, 2009: Presentation from Michael Mariotte's talk on nukes and climate at SUNY Stonybrook.
December 2008: New study from Stanford researcher ranks solutions to climate crisis; concludes nuclear and “clean” coal are least effective, least desirable means of addressing climate change. Press release from Stanford University. Article in Energy and Environmental Science
December 10, 2008: World's environmental movement says "Keep nukes out of Kyoto Protocol":
Press Advisory, including main statement
List of organizational signers
November 9, 2008: Al Gore issues a five-part, non-nuclear plan for the Obama administration to address the climate crisis. NY Times op-ed.
July 2008: New study (which reviews 103 previous studies and finds nearly all lacking) concludes that nuclear power is not carbon-free, and its carbon emissions, while far lower than all fossil fuels, are higher than renewable sources of energy. Published in Energy Policy, by Benjamin Sovacool, University of Singapore & Virginia Tech.
June 2008: Four-page summary of Institute for Energy and Environmental Research’s groundbreaking Carbon-Free, Nuclear-Free book, with main recommendations.
May 12, 2008: Friends of the Earth memo on nuclear power and the Lieberman-Warner climate change bill.
February 2008: Power Point presentation on Carbon-Free and Nuclear-Free: A Roadmap for U.S. Energy Policy, by Dr. Arjun Makhijani of Institute for Energy and Environmental Research. Updated periodically.
December 17, 2007: 500+ organizations sign statement rejecting nuclear power as a solution to climate change. NIRS Press Release.
November 2007: German Green Party has released an English version of its plan to reduce CO2 emissions by 40% by 2020 while keeping to Germany’s timetable for phasing out nuclear power. You can download a copy of the document here.
November 26, 2007: A new report argues that the world's supply of uranium ore is now so depleted that the nuclear industry may already have passed the point at which it is able to supply the energy needed even to dispose of its own wastes. In The Lean Guide to Nuclear Energy, A Life-Cycle in Trouble, British energy economist David Fleming details how the nuclear industry will be forced to become a major net user of energy, almost all of it from fossil fuels. 'The evidence is clear: even under the most optimistic scenarios for uranium supplies, the industry will face `energy bankruptcy' in a matter of decades,' says Fleming.
November 1, 2007: Profitable, Business-Led Solutions to the Climate, Oil, and Nuclear Proliferation Problems: Powerpoint presentation from Amory Lovins, Rocky Mountain Institute, at Volvo Environmental Prize Awards, in Stockholm, Sweden.
September 26, 2007: Resource Paper (including 2 pages of citations) by Mary Olson: "The New Nuclear Deal with India and the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership are Not a Solution to Nuclear Weapons Proliferation; Expanding Nuclear Power is Not a Solution to the Climate Crisis"
September 2007: NIRS hand-out on why nuclear energy is incapable of reversing the Climate Crisis -- 3.5 pages with 21 references by Mary Olson.
August 23, 2007: Union of Concerned Scientists Backgrounder: Rising Temperatures Undermine Nuclear Power’s Promise
August 2007: Carbon-Free and Nuclear-Free: A Roadmap for U.S. Energy Policy, A new report from Institute for Energy and Environmental Research is available at http://www.ieer.org/carbonfree/
July 2007: Study from Oxford Research Group finds nuclear power still poses all of
its traditional problems, and cannot help with climate change. “If
one were to set out to design from scratch a solution for the problem
of climate change in a world without nuclear power, there is little chance
that anyone would come up with nuclear power as that solution, or, if
they did, that anyone would think that nuclear power was anywhere near
June 2007: Major
study from Austrian government re-examines nuclear power. Conclusion:
“Austria takes the view that electricity production from Nuclear
Energy is neither sustainable nor environmentally sound and is therefore
not suitable to contribute to the solution of the climate problem or the
peak oil crisis…” .
June 14, 2007: Union
of Concerned Scientists statement on Keystone Center report. “Nuclear
power is not a current solution for global warming.”
June 14, 2007: National
Wildlife Federation position on nuclear power and climate: “there
is a wide range of safer, cheaper, and faster ways to reduce global warming
pollution other than expanding nuclear power.”
January 25, 2007: Sign-on to Oppose Nukes
in McClain-Lieberman Climate Change Bill! NIRS Alert.
September 18, 2006: Report from coalition of organizations on World Bank energy and climate
Click here to hear a radio show
broadcast on WPFW, Pacifica radio in Washington DC, on September 12,
2006, on upcoming NGO report on World Bank energy lending policies. Guests
include NIRS executive director Michael Mariotte.
The Safety and
Reliability – or Lack Thereof – of Nuclear Reactors in a Destabilized
Climate,” at IEER training workshop on “Insurmountable Risks:
The Dangers of Using Nuclear Power to Combat Global Climate Change.
July 8, 2006. NIRS power point presentation.
Insurmountable Risks: The Dangers of Using Nuclear Power to Combat Global Climate Change, Brice Smith, Institute for Energy and Environmental Research. The large number of reactors required for nuclear power to play any meaningful role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions greatly complicates the efforts required to deal with its unique vulnerabilities including the potential for the nuclear fuel cycle to enable nuclear weapons proliferation, the risks from catastrophicreactor accidents, and the difficulties of managing long-lived and highly radiotoxic nuclear waste. June 2006.
A False Myth
of Nuclear Power: Nuclear Power Expansion is No Remedy for
Climate Change, a talk by Mary Olson, Director of the Southeast Office
Nuclear Information and Resource Service during the Commission on
Sustainable Development, United Nations May 3, 2006
Comparison of Greenhouse-Gas
Emissions and Abatement Cost of Nuclear and Alternative Energy Options
from a Life-Cycle Perspective.
Oko Institute, updated January 2006.
Heinrich Boell Foundation Issue
Paper No. 6. Climate Change: Does nuclear power
offer a solution to climate change? By Felix. Ch. Matthes. Ökoinstitut.
power: economics and climate-protection potential.
Amory Lovins. Rocky Mountain Institute. 06 January 2006
Is Nuclear Energy
Sustainable? Presentation by José Goldemberg and Oswaldo Lucon,
São Paulo State Environment Agency, Brazil, at NIRS/Sierra
Club of Canada/Heinrich Boell Foundation event in Montreal, December 7,
2005. (Powerpoint presentation).
– Threat to the World – No Solution to Climate Change.
Statement of Michael Mariotte, Executive Director of NIRS in Montreal,
Canada. December 7, 2005.
Nuclear is no solution
to climate change:
NIRS, Sierra Club of Canada and Heinrich Boll Foundation sponsor an event
at COP 11 in Montreal, December 7, 2005, including release of a new paper
on nuclear power and climate change. December 5, 2005.
to the California Energy Commission on Nuclear Power in California;
calling for opposition to relicensing of Diablo Canyon and San Onofre
and discussion of nuclear power/global warming. August 12, 2005
Nuclear Power - The Energy Balance, a study by Jan Willem Storm van Leeuwen and Philip Smith, finds that uranium reserves are diminishing rapidly and use of poorer quality ores would greatly increase carbon emissions to a level even beyond use of fossil fuels. August 2005; a rebuttal to World Nuclear Association criticism of the report is also included.
Nearly 300 Groups Reject Nuclear Energy
as a Global Warming Solution. Groups Urge Congress to Choose Clean Energy
Path, Not Embrace Dangerous and Dirty Nuclear Power. June 16, 2005.
on Nuclear Energy and Global Warming.
Tell Congress Nuclear Power Has no Role in Addressing Climate Change! NIRS alert. June 1, 2005.
Ten Reasons Why We Don’t Need To Build More Nuclear Power Plants. May 2005.
Nuclear Power: No Solution to Climate Change NIRS/WISE study. January-February 2005
Climate Change Factsheet
Clean Energy Experts Call National Commission Climate Report "Misguided". December 14, 2004
NIRS comments March 2003 to the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services in opposition to nitrogen oxide trading credits for the operation of the Seabrook nuclear power station.
NIRS background piece on nuclear power and Kyoto Protocol
Factsheet on Hydrogen Production by Nuclear Power
Background paper on Clean Development Mechanisms (prepared by Greenpeace International).
Nuclear Power and "Clean Development Mechanisms". NIRS factsheet.
Throwing Good Money After Bad: Nuclear Power as a Clean Air "Solution". By Christopher Sherry, Safe Energy Communication Council.
Profiting From a Nuclear-Free Third Millenium, by Amory Lovins
Statement of the U.K.'s Royal Commission on Environmental Protection on climate change, June 2000