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Make (Non-) Nuclear History.
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
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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Slides from presentation
August 19, 2015: Tell NRC to reject efforts by pro-nuclear fanatics to weaken radiation protection standards.
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.
August 25, 2015
DC Public Service Commission rejects Exelon's proposed takeover of Pepco
August 2, 2015
Great news about nukes and the Clean Power Plan.
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.
GreenWorld, NIRS' blog, is at www.safeenergy.org
August 28, 2015
Ukraine's nuclear giant attacks activists, not safety problems
Life isn’t easy in Ukraine these days. There’s an ongoing low-grade war in the eastern part of the country that constantly threatens to explode as Russian troops continue building their forces in the region. In the rest of the country, there’s serious economic contraction--far worse to Ukraine’s economy, on a percentage basis, than the Great Recession that swept across the West several years ago. To top it off, Transparency International recently named Ukraine the most corrupt country in Europe, with police and other officials regularly demanding bribes from citizens. Efforts to curb that corruption are a major focus of the Ukrainian government.
Ending the kind of endemic corruption that prevails in Ukraine requires building a strong civil society. So the government might want to step back and examine itself, or at least its nuclear energy arm, Energoatom, which recently filed a lawsuit against the country’s leading environmental/clean energy group, the National Ecological Center of Ukraine (note: NIRS has long worked with the NECU).
Continue reading at www.safeenergy.org
August 26, 2015
Renewables as baseload power? Yes.
As pointed out in the article itself, some environmentalists and clean energy advocates remain skeptical that a nuclear-free, carbon-free energy system is attainable; and we’ve had a few strong and interesting responses to my recent post The archaic nature of baseload power--or why electricity will become like long-distance. Check out the comments to that piece and add your own.
In that article, I laid out the obsolete nature of the 20th century electricity system, which relied on large “baseload” nuclear and fossil fuel plants located far from the largest electricity consumers sending (and wasting) electricity over long high-voltage transmission lines. Such a system simply makes no sense anymore given the cheaper, cleaner, generally smaller-scale, and more sustainable energy technologies of the 21st century.
But there is a kind of “baseload” power that does make some sense. And that’s the kind that doesn’t involve nuclear or fossil fuels.
Continue reading at www.safeenergy.org
COP 21 Don't Nuke the Climate! organizing and resources page.
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.
Sign the Don't Nuke the Climate! petition.
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.
June 16, 2015: Don't Nuke the Climate! The launch of a new campaign. From GreenWorld.
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.