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Nuclear-Free, Carbon-Free

Many studies have shown a path to a nuclear-free, carbon-free energy system. We have provided links to many of these below. More will be added as the studies continue to pour in...

March 30, 2016. We Have the Power: 100% Renewable Energy for a Clean, Thriving America. New white paper released by Environment America Research and Policy Center demonstrates how 100% renewable energy is within our reach.

November 20, 2015. The Solutions Project has released a new report showing how 139 of the world's nations (that's most of them!) can achieve 100% renewable energy systems by mid-century. The link is to a Scientific American article that features an interactive map.

September 21, 2015. Updated Energy (R)evolution report from Greenpeace International find that the world can be powered by 100% renewables by 2050. Greenpeace projections of renewable energy deployment have been consistently more accurate than those associated with government (such as International Energy Agency) and investment analysts.

July 27, 2015. New study from Germany's Oko-Institut: Costs of meeting international climate targets without nuclear power. Concludes a global nuclear phase-out by 2050 is economically feasible. U.S. and Japan would experience highest compliance costs, but these are marginal compared to GDP.

July 22, 2015. The negaWatt scenario: How France can meet the requirements of its new law--reducing nuclear power from 80% to 50% by 2025, and move further to a "climate-friendly, nuclear-free, and sustainable energy future" based on renewable energy/energy efficiency by mid-century. Now available in English.

June 2015. The Solutions Project. How U.S. can get to 100% renewable energy by 2050. Interactive map; action ideas.

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.

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.

March 27, 2013. Major new study, published in Journal of Power Sources, finds that renewable energy can power up to 99.9% of U.S. needs by 2030.

September 12, 2012. Transition to a fully sustainable global energy system. New study published in Energy Strategy Reviews details an energy future for 2050 powered 95% by renewables

June 21, 2012. Renewable Energy Futures Study from U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory concludes renewables can provide 80% of U.S. electricity by mid-century, even using currently available technology.

March 25, 2011: Yet another major report that provides a path to a 100% renewable energy future before mid-century. PDF This one is from the Institute for Policy Research and Development in London, led by two U.S. university professors.

February 2011: Major World Wildlife Fund study on how to bring the entire planet to 100% renewables by mid-century; PDF includes explanation of why nuclear power is no solution to climate change or world’s energy future. Worthwhile.

January 18, 2011: Battle of the Grids. PDF New Greenpeace International report subtitled “How Europe can go 100% renewable and phase out dirty energy.” Though Europe focused, its implications apply elsewhere. How smart grids, micro grids and super grids will enable the transition from nuclear and fossil fuels to renewables.

November 2009: 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.

March 2009: Can we go carbon-free, nuclear-free! A resounding Yes! says a new report prepared for Greenpeace by German Aerospace Center (German counterpart to NASA). Energy [r]evolution: A sustainable USA concludes that a virtually carbon-free, nuclear-free energy future for the U.S. is possible by mid-century, at an acceptable economic cost. Download here. PDF

June 2008: Four-page summary of Institute for Energy and Environmental Research’s groundbreaking Carbon-Free, Nuclear-Free book, with main recommendations.

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

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