Saturday, September 20, 2014

More Nuclear Power is NOT the Answer to the Climate Crisis :: PETITION





PETITION

More Nuclear Power is NOT the Answer to the Climate Crisis
This petition was published by Tom Hayden on Sep 04, 2014

We urge you to revise the recommendations of the UN's Sustainable Development Solutions Network to remove its advocacy of nuclear fission as a "solution" to the climate crisis. The accelerated development of nuclear power plants would only increase the course we are on to planetary catastrophe.

We urge you to develop an analytic model that includes the decommissioning of current nuclear plants as part of a transition to a future based on conservation, efficiency and renewable energy.


image: Gail Payne


VIDEO – Speakers at September 15, 2014 at UN Church Center in conjunction with the NYC People’s Climate March September 21st and the United Nations Climate Summit 2014


▶ Nuclear Power Is Not the Answer to Climate Change - YouTube

Nuclear experts and activists speak about issues associated with nuclear power – such as Fukushima, nuclear waste, uranium mining, human rights, health, economic, and technical issues – and discuss why nuclear energy is not “clean” energy nor a solution to climate change.

Speakers, in order, Tim Judson, Arnie Gundersen, Leona Morgan, Alfred Meyer, Marilyn Elie, and Mari Inoue. September 15, 2014 at UN Church Center in conjunction with the NYC People’s Climate March September 21st and the United Nations Climate Summit 2014 starting September 23rd. Video by Joe Friendly




whats up: #BustTheMyth
you can't nuke global warming!

Friday, September 19, 2014

▶ Nuclear Power Is Not the Answer to Climate Change - VIDEO



▶ Nuclear Power Is Not the Answer to Climate Change - YouTube


Nuclear experts and activists speak about issues associated with nuclear power – such as Fukushima, nuclear waste, uranium mining, human rights, health, economic, and technical issues – and discuss why nuclear energy is not “clean” energy nor a solution to climate change.

Speakers, in order, Tim Judson, Arnie Gundersen, Leona Morgan, Alfred Meyer, Marilyn Elie, and Mari Inoue. September 15, 2014 at UN Church Center in conjunction with the NYC People’s Climate March September 21st and the United Nations Climate Summit 2014 starting September 23rd. Video by Joe Friendly



PETITION

More Nuclear Power is NOT the Answer to the Climate Crisis
This petition was published by Tom Hayden on Sep 04, 2014

We urge you to revise the recommendations of the UN's Sustainable Development Solutions Network to remove its advocacy of nuclear fission as a "solution" to the climate crisis. The accelerated development of nuclear power plants would only increase the course we are on to planetary catastrophe.

We urge you to develop an analytic model that includes the decommissioning of current nuclear plants as part of a transition to a future based on conservation, efficiency and renewable energy.

> SIGN NOW



see also:

whats up: reasons nukes can't save the planet | 9.21 PEOPLES CLIMATE MARCH, NYC: nuclear-free, carbon-free contingent




whats up: #BustTheMyth
you can't nuke global warming!


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Why Nukes Can't Save the Climate. Reason #10: A Nuclear-Free, Carbon-Free Energy System is Safer, Cleaner, Cheaper and Faster at Reducing Carbon Emissions




REASON #10: A NUCLEAR-FREE, CARBON-FREE ENERGY SYSTEM IS SAFER, CLEANER, CHEAPER AND FASTER AT REDUCING CARBON EMISSIONS

If we could meet our electricity needs without radioactive waste, nuclear meltdowns, releases of carbon and methane and all the other environmental destruction associated with extraction of nuclear and fossil fuels from the Earth, why wouldn’t we? Just a few years ago, solar and wind power weren’t competitive with nuclear power or fossil fuels. Now, both are usually cheaper than the polluting power choices. It is increasingly affordable for homeowners to install solar power plants on their rooftops—a new solar rooftop system is installed in the U.S. every 4 minutes, a number that will drop to every 90 seconds by 2016.

Smart grids, distributed generation and other 21st century technologies enable the large-scale use of renewables despite their variable nature. And advances in battery and other storage technologies mean that both rooftop solar and larger-scale renewable power plants can provide power 24/7—just like the behemoth nuclear and coal “baseload” power plants of the 20th century.
Numerous studies show conclusively that a nuclear-free, carbon-free energy system is attainable before mid-century. The technology is not the issue; only political will now stands in the way. Our choice is stark: we can choose nuclear power, or we can address global warming. We can’t do both. Fortunately, the choice is an easy one.

nirsnet@nirs.org
http://www.nirs.org/







Make history: Join us in NYC on September 21, 2014.

People's Climate March Hub: http://peoplesclimate.org/nonuclearpower/

Resources, flyers, info:http://www.nirs.org/climatemarch/climatemarchhome.htm

SIGN UP: Nuclear-Free, Carbon-Free Contingent to People's Climate March
http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/5502/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=71744

Why We Are Marching: Statement of the Nuclear-Free, Carbon-Free Contingent; pdf version for downloading/printing
http://www.nirs.org/climatemarch/ncfccwhywearemarching.htm
http://www.nirs.org/climatemarch/climatemarchstatement.pdf

Endorsers of Nuclear-Free, Carbon-Free Contingent. We now have 120+ organizational endorsers! To endorse, send your name, organization name, city, state, country (if outside U.S.) to nirsnet@nirs.org. Individuals: Endorse the Nuclear-Free, Carbon-Free Contingent here.
http://www.nirs.org/climatemarch/ncfccendorsers.htm
http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/5502/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=18247

Take Action: Tell EPA to take nuclear support out of its carbon rules.
http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/5502/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=18179

Press release announcing Nuclear-Free, Carbon-Free Contingent, August 4, 2014. pdf.
http://www.nirs.org/climatemarch/marchpr8414.pdf

DIY: Mobilize for the People's Climate March, Nuclear Free Carbon-Free Contingent! How-to guide from NIRS! in pdf format
http://www.nirs.org/climatemarch/diymobilize.htm
http://www.nirs.org/climatemarch/diymobilizing.pdf

--- Flyers: Why Nukes Can't Save the Climate:
[visit http://www.nirs.org/climatemarch/climatemarchhome.htm to find these] -

Reason #1. Too Many Reactors, Not Enough Carbon Emissions pdf version (best for downloading and printing). jpg version (best for posting online). Word version (take out NIRS contact info and add your group's info).

Reason #2. Nuclear power costs too much. pdf version (best for downloading and printing). jpg version (best for posting online). Word version (take out NIRS contact info and add your group's info).

Reason #3. Nuclear Power would take too long. pdf version (best for downloading and printing). jpg version (best for posting online). Word version (take out NIRS contact info and add your group's info).

Reason #4. New Reactor Designs: Too Slow, No Demand. pdf version (best for downloading and printing). jpg version (best for posting online). Word version (take out NIRS contact info and add your group's info).

Reason #5. Too Much Radioactive Waste. pdf version (best for downloading and printing). jpg version (best for posting online). Word version (take out NIRS contact info and add your group's info).

Reason #6. Too Little Safety. pdf version (best for downloading and printing). jpg version (best for posting online). Word version (take out NIRS contact info and add your group's info). -- MORE TO COME!

Reason #7. Too Many Nuclear Weapons. Operation of the 1,500 or more new reactors necessary for nuclear power to play a meaningful role in reducing carbon emissions would require a dozen or more new uranium enrichment plants, and would result in the production of thousands of tons of plutonium (each reactor produces about 500 pounds of plutonium per year), posing untenable nuclear proliferation threats.

Reason #8. Nukes are not carbon-free. pdf version (best for downloading and printing). jpg version (best for posting online). Word version (take out NIRS contact info and add your group's info).

Reason # 9: NUKES ARE NOT SUITED FOR WARMING CLIMATES
Unlike solar power, nuclear power does not work well in warming climates. Reactors require vast quantities of water to keep the core cool; changes in water levels, and even water temperatures, can greatly affect reactor operations. Reactors in the U.S. and elsewhere have been forced to close during heat waves, when they’re needed the most. Ever-stronger storms, like Hurricane Sandy, also threaten to inundate both coastal and inland reactors. More frequent tornados, ice storms and related loss-of-power accidents, and other indicators of climate change also imperil reactors. The Fukushima accident was caused primarily by loss-of-power, not direct damage from the tsunami or earthquake. Rising sea levels threaten coastal reactors with flooding even without mega-storms.



Reason #10: A Nuclear-Free, Carbon-Free Energy System Is Safer, Cleaner, Cheaper And Faster At Reducing Carbon Emissions
If we could meet our electricity needs without radioactive waste, nuclear meltdowns, releases of carbon and methane and all the other environmental destruction associated with extraction of nuclear and fossil fuels from the Earth, why wouldn’t we? Just a few years ago, solar and wind power weren’t competitive with nuclear power or fossil fuels. Now, both are usually cheaper than the polluting power choices. It is increasingly affordable for homeowners to install solar power plants on their rooftops—a new solar rooftop system is installed in the U.S. every 4 minutes, a number that will drop to every 90 seconds by 2016.
Smart grids, distributed generation and other 21st century technologies enable the large-scale use of renewables despite their variable nature. And advances in battery and other storage technologies mean that both rooftop solar and larger-scale renewable power plants can provide power 24/7—just like the behemoth nuclear and coal “baseload” power plants of the 20th century.
Numerous studies show conclusively that a nuclear-free, carbon-free energy system is attainable before mid-century. The technology is not the issue; only political will now stands in the way. Our choice is stark: we can choose nuclear power, or we can address global warming. We can’t do both. Fortunately, the choice is an easy one.

--- Background Reading

Briefing Paper: Nuclear Energy is Dirty Energy (and does not fit in a clean energy standard). Revised and updated, July 2014. pdf
http://www.nirs.org/factsheets/nuclearenergyisdirtyenergy2014.pdf

Nuclear-Free, Carbon-Free: Links to studies showing different pathways to a nuclear-free, carbon-free energy system by mid-century--if not sooner.
http://www.nirs.org/nuclearfreecarbonfree/nuclearfreecarbonfreehome.htm

If not nuclear power, what? NIRS' Michael Mariotte on DailyKos, June 27, 2012.
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/06/07/1098283/-If-not-nuclear-power-what

Top 10 Reasons Nuclear Power Won't Save the Climate. NIRS' Michael Mariotte on DailyKos, August 18, 2009 (and still valid).
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2009/08/18/766224/-TOP-10-REASONS-NUKES-WON-rsquo-T-SAVE-CLIMATE

--- Join us online:

People's Climate March Hub: http://peoplesclimate.org/nonuclearpower/

Facebook Groups Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/nukefreeclimatefreemarch

Tumblr Page: https://www.tumblr.com/blog/nirsclimatemarch

Join the e-mail listserv: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/nfcf-climate-march

Nuclear Information and Resource Service - NIRS
http://www.nirs.org/
https://www.facebook.com/nonukesnirs





see also:

whats up: reasons nukes can't save the planet | 9.21 PEOPLES CLIMATE MARCH, NYC: nuclear-free, carbon-free contingent

(all the memes on one page)




whats up: #BustTheMyth
you can't nuke global warming!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Regulators reject call for nuke plant shutdown - US News


LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Wednesday rejected a senior federal expert's recommendation to shut down California's last operating nuclear power plant until the agency can determine whether its twin reactors can withstand powerful shaking from nearby earthquake faults.

In a decision written by Executive Director for Operations Mark Satorius, the agency concluded there is no immediate or significant safety concern at the Diablo Canyon plant, which sits on a seaside bluff midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco...

...Damon Moglen, a spokesman for Friends of the Earth, an advocacy group critical of the nuclear power industry, said in a statement that the plant "should not be allowed to operate for another day without being closed and subjected to a full public safety review..."



more: Regulators reject call for nuke plant shutdown - US News





Thursday, September 11, 2014

Why Nukes Can't Save the Climate. Reason #9. Nukes are not suited for warming climates.



Reason #9 Nukes are not suited for warming climates. pdf version (best for downloading and printing). jpg version (best for posting online). Word version (take out NIRS contact info and add your group's info).


Unlike solar power, nuclear power does not work well in warming climates. Reactors require vast quantities of water to keep the core cool; changes in water levels, and even water temperatures, can greatly affect reactor operations. Reactors in the U.S. and elsewhere have been forced to close during heat waves, when they’re needed the most. Ever-stronger storms, like Hurricane Sandy, also threaten to inundate both coastal and inland reactors. More frequent tornados, ice storms and related loss-of-power accidents, and other indicators of climate change also imperil reactors. The Fukushima accident was caused primarily by loss-of-power, not direct damage from the tsunami or earthquake. Rising sea levels threaten coastal reactors with flooding even without mega-storms.










Make history: Join us in NYC on September 21, 2014.


People's Climate March Hub: http://peoplesclimate.org/nonuclearpower/




see also:

whats up: reasons nukes can't save the planet | 9.21 PEOPLES CLIMATE MARCH, NYC: nuclear-free, carbon-free contingent

(all the memes on one page)




whats up: #BustTheMyth
you can't nuke global warming!



Monday, September 8, 2014

Shut down the dangerous Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant. | CREDO Action



another PETITION to Shut down the dangerous Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant – Petition to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission:

“PG&E is endangering the lives of half a million Californians who live near the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant. Re
voke PG&E’s license to operate this aging, unsafe, and unnecessary nuclear power plant.”

In the wake of a 6.0 magnitude earthquake near Napa, a shocking new report from a federal nuclear safety official raises the prospect that PG&E's Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant could face catastrophic failure when the next big earthquake hits, and recommends that it be shut down.1

The report,2 which was authored by Diablo Canyon's former lead on-site inspector, flatly refutes PG&E's claim that the plant's two nuclear reactors can withstand an earthquake like the earthquake that shook northern California just a few weeks ago.

Incredibly, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is trusting PG&E's internal assessment of the danger of continuing to run the plant, despite the clear conflict of interest. With half a million people living within 50 miles of this disaster waiting to happen, the plant needs to be shut down now.

The engineers who designed the coastal nuclear plant at Fukushima believed it could withstand any disaster imaginable before a massive earthquake and tsunami struck in 2011 and caused a major catastrophe.

Here in California, sitting on the same earthquake prone Pacific Rim “ring of fire,” PG&E's engineers similarly claim that the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant can withstand any anticipated earthquake. But the plant was built long before a major fault line was discovered in 2008 -- just a few hundred yards offshore from the coastal nuclear plant.

The plant also sits nearby the Los Osos, Hosgri, and San Andreas Faults, a confluence of seismic features with dramatic potential activity that could overcome the plant’s outdated and inadequate safety design features.3 The fact is that no utility would choose to build and operate a nuclear facility at the current site knowing that it is surrounded by major fault lines.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has the power to revoke PG&E’s license to operate the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant -- and that's exactly what it needs to do.

Tell the Nuclear Regulatory Commission: Shut down the dangerous Diablo Canyon nuclear plant.

1. "AP Exclusive: Expert calls for Diablo Canyon shutdown," Associated Press, August, 25, 2014.
2. To download the full report, click here (PDF).
3. "Petition seeks closure of Diablo Canyon nuclear plant," San Francisco Chronicle, August 27, 2014.



SIGN NOW > Shut down the dangerous Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant. | CREDO Action

MORE PETITIONS to SHUT DOWN DIABLO > whats up: 3 PETITIONS to SHUT DIABLO CANYON & MAPS OF EARTHQUAKE FAULTS


Thursday, September 4, 2014

Why Nukes Can't Save the Climate. Reason #8. Nukes are not carbon-free.





Reason #8. Nukes are not carbon-free. pdf version (best for downloading and printing). jpg version (best for posting online). Word version (take out NIRS contact info and add your group's info).


While nuclear reactors themselves are not major emitters of greenhouse gases, the nuclear fuel chain produces significant greenhouse emissions. This chain includes uranium mining, milling, processing, enrichment, fuel fabrication, and long-term radioactive waste storage. At each of these steps, construction and operation of nuclear facilities results in carbon emissions. Taken together, the fuel chain greenhouse emissions are more than double solar power emissions, which are declining as the industry becomes more efficient, and some six times higher than wind power—not to mention emissions-free energy efficiency technologies.



Make history: Join us in NYC on September 21, 2014.

People's Climate March Hub: http://peoplesclimate.org/nonuclearpower/

Resources, flyers, info: http://www.nirs.org/climatemarch/climatemarchhome.htm

SIGN UP: Nuclear-Free, Carbon-Free Contingent to People's Climate March
http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/5502/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=71744

Why We Are Marching: Statement of the Nuclear-Free, Carbon-Free Contingent; pdf version for downloading/printing
http://www.nirs.org/climatemarch/ncfccwhywearemarching.htm
http://www.nirs.org/climatemarch/climatemarchstatement.pdf

Endorsers of Nuclear-Free, Carbon-Free Contingent. We now have 120+ organizational endorsers! To endorse, send your name, organization name, city, state, country (if outside U.S.) to nirsnet@nirs.org. Individuals: Endorse the Nuclear-Free, Carbon-Free Contingent here.
http://www.nirs.org/climatemarch/ncfccendorsers.htm
http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/5502/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=18247

Take Action: Tell EPA to take nuclear support out of its carbon rules.
http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/5502/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=18179

Press release announcing Nuclear-Free, Carbon-Free Contingent, August 4, 2014. pdf.
http://www.nirs.org/climatemarch/marchpr8414.pdf

DIY: Mobilize for the People's Climate March, Nuclear Free Carbon-Free Contingent! How-to guide from NIRS! in pdf format
http://www.nirs.org/climatemarch/diymobilize.htm
http://www.nirs.org/climatemarch/diymobilizing.pdf

--- Flyers: Why Nukes Can't Save the Climate:
[visit http://www.nirs.org/climatemarch/climatemarchhome.htm to find these] -

Reason #1. Too Many Reactors, Not Enough Carbon Emissions pdf version (best for downloading and printing). jpg version (best for posting online). Word version (take out NIRS contact info and add your group's info).

Reason #2. Nuclear power costs too much. pdf version (best for downloading and printing). jpg version (best for posting online). Word version (take out NIRS contact info and add your group's info).

Reason #3. Nuclear Power would take too long. pdf version (best for downloading and printing). jpg version (best for posting online). Word version (take out NIRS contact info and add your group's info).

Reason #4. New Reactor Designs: Too Slow, No Demand. pdf version (best for downloading and printing). jpg version (best for posting online). Word version (take out NIRS contact info and add your group's info).

Reason #5. Too Much Radioactive Waste. pdf version (best for downloading and printing). jpg version (best for posting online). Word version (take out NIRS contact info and add your group's info).

Reason #6. Too Little Safety. pdf version (best for downloading and printing). jpg version (best for posting online). Word version (take out NIRS contact info and add your group's info). -- MORE TO COME!

--- Background Reading

Briefing Paper: Nuclear Energy is Dirty Energy (and does not fit in a clean energy standard). Revised and updated, July 2014. pdf
http://www.nirs.org/factsheets/nuclearenergyisdirtyenergy2014.pdf

Nuclear-Free, Carbon-Free: Links to studies showing different pathways to a nuclear-free, carbon-free energy system by mid-century--if not sooner.
http://www.nirs.org/nuclearfreecarbonfree/nuclearfreecarbonfreehome.htm

If not nuclear power, what? NIRS' Michael Mariotte on DailyKos, June 27, 2012.
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/06/07/1098283/-If-not-nuclear-power-what

Top 10 Reasons Nuclear Power Won't Save the Climate. NIRS' Michael Mariotte on DailyKos, August 18, 2009 (and still valid).
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2009/08/18/766224/-TOP-10-REASONS-NUKES-WON-rsquo-T-SAVE-CLIMATE

--- Join us online:

People's Climate March Hub: http://peoplesclimate.org/nonuclearpower/

Facebook Groups Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/nukefreeclimatefreemarch

Tumblr Page: https://www.tumblr.com/blog/nirsclimatemarch

Join the e-mail listserv: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/nfcf-climate-march

Nuclear Information and Resource Service - NIRS
http://www.nirs.org/
https://www.facebook.com/nonukesnirs



see also:

whats up: reasons nukes can't save the planet | 9.21 PEOPLES CLIMATE MARCH, NYC: nuclear-free, carbon-free contingent

(all the memes on one page)




whats up: #BustTheMyth
you can't nuke global warming!




Tuesday, September 2, 2014

3 PETITIONS to SHUT DIABLO CANYON & MAPS OF EARTHQUAKE FAULTS


~ 600 YARDS FROM THE SHORELINE FAULT ~
ITS NOT WORTH THE RISK!


3 PETITIONS ---


1 :: Tell NRC Chairman: SHUT DOWN DIABLO CANYON!
http://action.foe.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=16332

2 :: Petitioning Nuclear Regulatory Commission -
Decommission the aging Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant

https://www.change.org/p/nuclear-regulatory-commission-decommission-the-aging-diablo-canyon-nuclear-power-plant

3 :: NRC: Shut Down Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant
http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/nrc-shut-down-diablo


>>> and yet another petition - http://act.credoaction.com/sign/diablo_canyon


~ SURROUNDED BY EARTHQUAKE FAULTS ~
ITS NOT WORTH THE RISK!



~ MAJOR EARTHQUAKE FAULTS ON ALL SIDES
AT DIABLO CANYON NUCLEAR PLANT ~

ITS NOT WORTH THE RISK!



~ ONE REACTOR ACTUALLY SITS ON TOP OF AN EARTHQUAKE FAULT! ~
ITS NOT WORTH THE RISK!

















PROTECT CALIFORNIA FOOD FARMS AND FAMILIES

FROM NUCLEAR DISASTER!


don't forget to sign the petitions!