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Make (Non-) Nuclear History.

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New 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.


Support NIRS' Michael Mariotte Legacy Fund

Michael Mariotte

For over 30 years, Michael Mariotte has helped build the movement to stop nuclear power, end the creation of radioactive waste, and hasten our sustainable energy future.

Over a dozen national organizations recently joined to present Michael with a Lifetime Achievement Award, with the highest praises for his work. But Michael now faces serious health issues.

To truly honor Michael’s work and commitment, NIRS has a dual responsibility: we must not only make sure we meet our obligation to him--we must also ensure our work does not miss a beat, and we are able keep the movement going strong.

NIRS' Board of Directors has created the Michael Mariotte Legacy Fund to meet these responsibilites. Please support this special, limited-time fundraising campaign here. Thank you.


Breaking News

February 18, 2015

NIRS comments to Maryland Public Service Commission in opposition to proposed Exelon-Pepco merger.


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.

 

 

 

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

March 30, 2015

Comparing the opinion polls, why NEI gets it so wrong

Every Spring, Gallup conducts a poll on energy issues and the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) usually does so too--and usually tries to beat Gallup to the punch so that it can tout its numbers first.

Not surprisingly, the NEI numbers somehow always show large public support for nuclear power.

Perhaps surprisingly, Gallup and NEI use the same basic polling question on nuclear power. But they tend to come up with very different numbers. And never have the numbers been more divergent than this year.

Gallup’s poll was released today, and showed support for nuclear power at its lowest level since 2001--the overall low point for nuclear since Gallup began regularly asking the question. According to Gallup, 51% of the American people “strongly favor or somewhat favor the use of nuclear energy as one of the ways to provide electricity in the United States.” 43% strongly or somewhat oppose nuclear when asked that question. This was an 11 point drop since nuclear’s high point just five years ago.

But in NEI’s nuclear fantasy world, support for nuclear--even when asked the exact same question--just keeps growing. NEI’s poll, conducted by Bisconti Research (principal Ann Bisconti is a former NEI employee) and released last week, found that 68% support nuclear power and only 30% oppose.

Perhaps believing its own poll numbers--so easily rebutted by Gallup--NEI seems to have joined the nuclear fantasyland populated most prominently by Sen. Lamar Alexander.

Continue reading at www.safeenergy.org


Nuclear Power and Climate: It's No Solution

Statement of Nuclear-Free, Carbon-Free Contingent to People's Climate March

Video of each speaker at Nuclear-Free, Carbon-Free Contingent rally.

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

 

 

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Hot News and Actions

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.

July 28, 2014. Action Alert. Submit your comments: Tell EPA to take nuclear power support out of its proposed Clean Power Plan. Plus, update on Nuclear-Free, Carbon-Free contingent to People's Climate March.

July 21, 2014. Renewables provided 56% of new U.S. generating capacity in first half of 2014. One-third of new capacity was solar. Sun Day Campaign press release.

July 21, 2014, 34 groups send letter to NRC Inspector General Hubert Bell asking for investigation into conflict of interest caused by Commissioner William Magwood's acceptance of a position with nuclear promotional agency in Europe and his refusal to resign NRC position promptly. Groups also send letter to President Obama asking him to request Magwood's immediate resignation. Press release.

July 16, 2014. Statement from seven Japanese organizations challenging Nuclear Regulatory Authority's draft approval of restart of Sendai reactors.

July 15, 2014. NRC Commissioner William Magwood refuses to resign or recuse himself from agency decisionmaking despite accepting position with European agency that promotes nuclear power. 34 groups, including NIRS, had called for his resignation June 18.

July 1, 2014. Amended petition for rulemaking first filed February 18 by 34 organizations calling for suspension of all licensing activity until NRC addresses new findings on nuclear reactor fuel pools fire risks and costs. Amended petition takes into account opinion from NRC Chair Allison Macfarlane, who dissented from NRC decision against the petition.

June 23, 2014. New release from Sun Day Campaign: renewables accounted for 88% of all new U.S. generating capacity for May; 55% for the year so far.

June 18, 2014. Conversation between Professor Benjamin Sovacool and NIRS' Executive Director Tim Judson on nuclear power and climate. Prepared for June 18, 2014 national teleconference on nukes and climate. mp3 file.

June 18, 2014. 34 organizations demand NRC Commissioner William Magwood resign immediately and retroactively recuse himself from Commission votes over conflict of interest. Magwood has accepted a position with Europe's Nuclear Energy Agency, which promotes nuclear power--contrary to NRC's charter. Press release. Letter.

May 29, 2014, NRC votes 4-1 to reject expedited movement of high-level radwaste from dangerous, overcrowded and poorly-protected fuel pools to dry casks. NRC Chair Allison Macfarlane writes stinging dissent. Take action here: Urge President Obama to support his chair and fill two upcoming open seats at NRC with strong nuclear safety advocates.

April 30, 2014. NRC fails to document claim made in denial of NIRS’ emergency planning petition that “majority” of nuclear emergency drills include natural disaster components. Press release.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reports, Papers and Info You Can Use

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.

November 11, 2014. 10 myths debunked about the proposed Exelon-Pepco merger. Chesapeake Climate Action Network and Public Citizen explain why the proposed merger would be a bad deal for Maryland.

November 10, 2014. New video from Fairewinds: Whose Fault? An examination of earthquake issues at Diablo Canyon reactors.

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.

September 11, 2014. Killing the Competition. The Nuclear Power Agenda to block climate action, stop renewable energy, and subsidize old reactors. Major new report by NIRS' Executive Director Tim Judson details how major utilities and nuclear power companies have begun a campaign to rig energy markets, climate regulations, and clean energy programs to prevent the advance of renewable energy.

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...

July 15, 2014. NIRS Briefing Paper: Nuclear Energy is Dirty Energy (and does not fit into a “clean energy standard”).PDF Revised and updated, July 2014.

June 19, 2014. Recording of last night's NIRS national telebriefing on nuclear power and climate, featuring Michael Mariotte, Hunter Lovins and Tim Judson. mp3 format.

June 13, 2014. Important new critique from IPPNW and PSR: Critical Analysis of the UNSCEAR Report "Levels and effects of radiation exposure due to the nuclear accident after the 2011 Great East-Japan Earthquake and tsunami."

May 15, 2014. New report from Vermont Law School's Dr. Mark Cooper finds large-scale deployment of "small modular reactors" would cost $90 Billion; choke off funding for renewables.

May 14, 2014 Greenpeace releases major new study: Energy (R)Evolution: A Sustainable Energy USA Outlook, which shows how U.S. can get to 98% renewables by 2050.

May 13, 2014. Top Ten Most Distortionary Energy Subsidies. Highly readable and useful report from Earthtrack.

March 2014. A major report from Greenpeace International: Lifetime extension of ageing nuclear power plants: Entering a new era of risk. It focuses on European reactors, but applies everywhere. (pdf)

March 11, 2014. Phase out of Nuclear Power in Europe--From Vision to Reality. Major new report from Global 2000 and others finds a nuclear phase-out in Europe by 2030 is feasible with appropriate renewable energy and energy efficiency measures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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