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  • How Nuclear Bailouts Would Cost over 60,000 Green American Jobs

    Let’s talk jobs.  Specifically:  how many jobs would a nuclear bailout actually create? Spoiler alert! None.  Over the last few weeks, we’ve shown why subsidizing nuclear power is a bad investment for climate, environmental justice, and renewable energy. Earlier this month, we co-released a major report with Friends of the Earth that shows why nuclear…

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  • Justice for Downwinders: Remembering the Trinity Bomb Blast and Church Rock Uranium Disaster

    Seventy-six years ago, on July 16, 1945, the first nuclear bomb in the world was exploded in the desert of New Mexico by U.S. military scientists and officials. 40,000 people lived within 50 miles of the blast, many living self-sustained off the landscape. As soon as the bomb went off, the fallout began. Over many…

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  • Cooper Report: Building a 21st Century Electricity System

    Report: Proposed Nuclear Industry Subsidies Will Waste Taxpayer Dollars, Renewables Cheaper and More Reliable Alternative   Proposals from the White House and Congress would invest up to $50 billion dollars in subsidies for aging, uneconomical nuclear power plants over the next decade. A new report by economist and consumer advocate Dr. Mark Cooper shows that…

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  • The Unjustifiable Climate Cost of a Nuclear Bailout

    There is no denying that the climate crisis is here. The crisis unfolds on the front pages and the endless scroll of our feeds. In recent weeks, record-smashing heatwaves in the Pacific Northwest met scorching droughts, wildfires, and warming waters across the west, another brutal wave of extreme weather that has become the new normal. We…

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  • Nuclear Bailouts in the American Jobs Plan Perpetuate Environmental Injustice 

    Hannah Smay, NIRS  President Biden’s American Jobs Plan, which is being negotiated in Congress this summer, is a historic opportunity to build a thriving, just, and equitable clean energy economy, finally putting the U.S. on the path to fight climate change with the ambition, scale, and commitment to justice that we need. The American Jobs…

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  • Juneteenth – Lessons for Environmental Justice

    Janie Scott, Nuclear Harm Reduction and Climate Justice Manager, Georgia-WAND Tim Judson, Executive Director, NIRS This week we commemorate Juneteenth, the holiday celebrating the struggle for Black liberation in the US. Yesterday, Congress and President Biden officially designated Juneteenth a federal holiday. It is so named for the date—June 19th, 1865—when word of their liberation…

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  • Exelon Sees No Future in Nuclear Power — Why Should Anyone Else?

    The largest nuclear power company in the country is ready to cash out.  Exelon Corp. owns 23 operating reactors across five states, as well as five closed reactors. It is also the largest utility company in the nation, with over 10 million customers across 6 states and Washington, DC. But in February, Exelon announced that…

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  • The Legacy of George Floyd: For Racial Justice, We Must Work for Systemic Change

    NIRS honors the life and loved ones of George Floyd, who was killed by a Minneapolis police officer one year ago today. On this memorial, we also remember the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre on its 100th anniversary (May 31-June 1), when a white mob attacked the thriving Black neighborhood of Greenwood, burning down and bombing…

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    Ohio Ends Nuclear Bailout Scheme: Here’s What it Means

    Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed the bill repealing the state’s $1.1 billion nuclear bailout yesterday. Ohioans have been fighting to stop and then repeal the bailout law (HB6), since 2019. Their struggle goes back even further, to 2014, when FirstEnergy launched into a series of four other failed nuclear and coal bailout schemes. It took…

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  • “No More Bailouts” – Statement on Exelon Nuclear Spinoff Plan

    MEDIA ALERT / STATEMENT / SOURCE OFFER Contact:  Stephen Kent, skent@kentcom.com, 914-589-5988 Independent Expert Sources on Planned Exelon Break-up Warn of Safety Risks and a Grab for More Subsidies Below are two short statements by independent experts from nuclear industry watchdog groups commenting on Exelon’s announcement that it intends to split into two companies. These…

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