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  • The only thing you get by sitting on the fence is splinters.

    Time to get off the fence on nuclear

    Last week, we published a blog about a new study by researchers at the University of Sussex that shows nuclear power is no solution to the climate crisis, and that it is actually keeping countries from making the steep reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions we need to keep the world livable. This study has…

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  • Indigenous Peoples' Day commemoration

    Resisting nuclear colonialism on Indigenous Peoples’ Day

    The resistance of Indigenous peoples and their allies has created greater awareness about abuses and injustices that have been perpetrated against Native peoples since European empires colonized their lands. This is one of the reasons why NIRS commemorates this day as Indigenous Peoples’ Day. As an anti-nuclear organization, we take Indigenous Peoples’ Day as an…

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  • Wind turbine and solar panels.

    Nuclear doesn’t help with climate or play well with renewables

    We’ve known for a long time that nuclear energy is a false solution to climate change. Not only are the health and environmental impacts of nuclear intolerable, but nuclear also gobbles up investments we should be making on clean and safe renewable energy. Now, a new study by researchers at the University of Sussex in…

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  • Trinity nuclear test

    Anniversaries: Remember and Take Action

    This week is the 75th anniversary of the first uses of nuclear weapons in warfare: the atomic bombings of Hiroshima on August 6, and of Nagasaki on August 9. The horrific suffering and loss of life continue to this day, even as the numbers of survivors—the Hibakusha—who lived to testify to the reality of nuclear…

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  • Black Lives Matter logo

    The Black Lives Matter fight is our fight—and here’s why (part 1)

    NIRS has united in support of the Movement for Black Lives and Black-led mobilizations throughout the country for racial justice and equity. We are in an historic moment, in which fundamental, transformative change to dismantle structural racism and institutions of repression and violence is both necessary and possible. As a country, we must rise to…

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  • So-called “advanced” nuclear reactors are not the answer to climate change

    Recently, we asked our supporters to send comments to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) in order to prevent a very bad decision, with serious implications for environmental and climate justice. The NRC is proposing to create regulatory shortcuts for building what it labels small-scale “advanced” nuclear reactors (ANRs) – including issuing a generic environmental impact…

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  • A new vision for a carbon-free, nuclear-free world

    Our fight to phase out nuclear energy is about much more than just one type of dirty energy. It’s part of a broader goal: a carbon-free, nuclear-free world powered by clean, renewable energy. That’s the only way we can overcome the challenges of climate change. In pursuing that goal, we have always tried to include…

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  • Nuclear workers are essential to nuclear safety. Tell our leaders to protect them.

    When we think about frontline or essential workers during the Covid-19 pandemic, we often think of doctors, nurses, grocery clerks, bus drivers, and others who perform critical services and can’t work from home. But there are some frontline workers that haven’t been mentioned a lot in the news: nuclear workers. Nuclear workers already work under…

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  • No way to (de)regulate nuclear during a pandemic

    America is in the middle of a global pandemic. There are currently more than one million cases of Covid-19 in the U.S. and more than 67,000 people have died from it so far. Millions of Americans are sheltering in place, either voluntarily or because of state or local mandates. Roughly 30 million people have filed…

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  • NIRS + 85 Organizations Call for Immediate Action on COVID-19 Nuclear Risks

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 23, 2020 CONTACTS:  Tim Judson, NIRS      301-270-6477 timj@nirs.org Karen Orenstein, Friends of the Earth     korenstein@foe.org Deb Katz, Citizens Awareness Network    413-339-4374     deb@nukebusters.org Cynthia Papermaster, CodePINK   codepinkgg@gmail.com Priscilla Star, Coalition Against Nukes     priscillaastar@hotmail.com Mike Carberry, Green State Solutions     mike@greenstatesolutions.com Dave Kraft, Nuclear Energy Information Service      neis@neis.org Sheila Parks, On Behalf of Planet…

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