Stop Fukushima Freeways!
A new campaign to expose the perils of the massive and unnecessary radioactive waste transportation that would occur across the U.S. if the moribund and scientifically-indefensible Yucca Mountain, Nevada waste dump were to be revived and/or a centralized "interim" storage site--basically a nuclear waste cask parking lot--were to be licensed.
Organizing and educational resources; expert and technical documents, and much more here.
Women and Radiation
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.
Text of presentation
Slides from presentation
NIRS/Fairewinds embark on Japan tour February 11-March 15. NIRS' Mary Olson will focus on radiation and health issues while nuclear engineer Arnie Gundersen will address Fukushima aftermath and safety issues with Japanese reactors at stops across the country. Media advisory.
A campaign to close the aging, dangerous Indian Point reactors near New York City and build a clean, sustainable and affordable nuclear-free, carbon-free energy system for all New York.
April 28, 2016
Clean energy groups, including NIRS, urge rejection of WCS' proposed "interim" high-level radwaste dump in Texas.
April 25, 2016
Goals of U.S. Department of Energy Meeting in Sacramento April 26 would Trigger Largest Nuclear Shipping Campaign in History: California Cities Would be Fukushima Freeways
April 23, 2016
NIRS and AGREE submit extensive comments to New York PSC that show how NY can meet its 2030 carbon emissions goals without nuclear (and thus without nuclear subsidies).
December 20, 2015.
Press release from Russia's Green World on accident and radiation release at Leningrad Nuclear Power Plant, December 18, 2015.
October 22, 2015
NIRS/AGREE analysis finds FitzPatrick reactor can be replaced with clean & renewable energy at a lower cost
Press release; full analysis
GreenWorld, NIRS' blog, is at www.safeenergy.org
April 25, 2016
How to take on the nuclear shills: here's one approach
Earlier this month, we reported that climate scientist Dr. James Hansen and the pro-nuclear Breakthrough Institute’s Michael Shellenberger had leaped–apparently on their own–into the battle over the future of some of Exelon’s unprofitable nuclear reactors in Illinois.
In a nutshell, Exelon wants a taxpayer and/or ratepayer (it doesn’t really care where the money comes from) bailout to ensure that Exelon will receive a profit, whether the reactors themselves are profitable or not. They aren’t, and a Clinton reactor official (the most endangered of Exelon’s fleet) said this week that even with a bailout Clinton wouldn’t be profitable for “five to seven years.”
Since Clinton’s competition, primarily wind and natural gas at present, already is profitable, the only argument Exelon has been able to make is that closing Clinton (and two units at Quad Cities) would cause carbon emissions in the state to rise. That’s where Hansen and Shellenberger, and Shellenberger’s new group Environmental Progress Illinois (EPI), jumped in. Not that it’s easy to make the case that the fate of the planet depends on whether three aging, uneconomic, and dirty in many other ways reactors operate long enough to keep Exelon’s wallets full for another few years….
Continue reading at www.safeenergy.org
April 18, 2016
New radwaste plan is another “con” from DOE
The Department of Energy (DOE) has a new generation of leadership; “larger than life” John Kotek is promoting nuclear energy via selling a “durable solution” to the problem of deadly radioactive waste that is the direct result of generating electric power from the heat of fission. Without a perceived solution to handling this existential problem, promotion of more nuclear energy usually falls on deaf ears. After all, wastes that will be a hazard to all life on Earth over the next million years, even when contained, do pose a threat. And the DOE’s track record on radioactive waste, exemplified by the failed Yucca Mountain project, hardly inspires confidence.
So Kotek has a new plan: volunteers. He wants states and communities to “consent” to storing nuclear waste in their jurisdictions. His process? Hold a bunch of meetings to put out the “welcome mat,” and work to get Congress to gut the existing Nuclear Waste Policy Act, greasing the skids for two locations where nuclear corporations are volunteering rural areas of New Mexico and Texas for new waste sites.
I went to Atlanta on Monday, April 11, to participate in one of these public meetings, the third in a series of nine that the DOE is hosting across the U.S. Next up is Sacramento this month, on Chernobyl Day (April 26) in fact. That will be followed by Denver, Boston, Tempe, Boise, and Minneapolis–about every two weeks until the end of July. Go here for dates, times and locations as well as registration information.
Continue reading at www.safeenergy.org
COP 21 Don't Nuke the Climate! organizing and resources page.
February 2, 2016. Paris and Onward: the Path Forward to a Nuclear-Free, Carbon-Free energy future. NIRS telebriefing with Dr. Mark Jacobson, Stanford University; The Solutions Project (http://thesolutionsproject.org/) and Dr. Arjun Makhijani Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (IEER.org).
Moderated By: Tim Judson, Executive Director, Nuclear Information and Resource Service. MP3 recording.
December 11, 2015. Don't Nuke the Climate campaign delivers petition from 524 organizations to COP 21 negotiators, calling for speedy and strong non-nuclear climate change action.
August 4, 2015. Huge Victory! Final EPA Clean Power Plan removes most pro-nuclear provisions, withdraws support for existing reactors, recognizes nuclear power will play little role in addressing climate. Talking points. Letter to NIRS supporters.
Pope Francis' Encyclical on climate includes several passages highly skeptical of nuclear power as a technology, and thus as a climate solution. Excerpts here.
Don't Nuke the Climate telebriefing: lessons from Japan and Germany. Featuring Amory Lovins and Tim Judson with Michael Mariotte moderating. June 30, 2015. mp3 file.
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.