Friday, August 26, 2011

"DON'T DIG HERE" | Musicians United for Safe Energy | Nukes, Earthquakes & Hurricanes

Musicians United for Safe Energy



Written by: James Raymond
Performed by: David Crosby, Graham Nash, James Raymond, Russ Kunkel, Leland Sklar, Dean Parks and Jeff Pevar
Produced by: Russ and Nathanial Kunkel


The MUSE concert began with solemn acknowledgement of the recent Fukushima disaster. This video connected the nature of a Koan's teaching enlightenment to the need to raise energy consciousness as an introduction to the stage performance by Kitaro.
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There are many ways that you can donate to help the efforts of MUSE. Here, Rosemary Butler offers her latest recording for download with all proceeds going directly to the clean and safe energy movement.
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How long is nuclear waste a lethal danger? Consider this...
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Musicians United for Safe Energy

Harvey Wasserman at MUSE Concert
- YouTube

On August 7th, thousands gathered at Shoreline Amphitheater for a day of music, inspiration, education and activism. Between the seven hours of stage performances, the audience saw a collection of videos about the issues, and ways to become engaged in the cause. For everyone who couldn't be there, we're happy to present these videos online.

August 19, 2011 - by Barry Walters, Rolling Stone Magazine

Tom Morello, Jason Mraz join all-star benefit in wake of Japan disaster

"I'm so happy to be here, my dimples are locked," a beaming Bonnie Raitt said during her set at the August 7th all-star concert benefiting MUSE (Musicians United for Safe Energy), the activist group Raitt, Jackson Browne, Graham Nash and John Hall created in 1979 to promote alternatives to nuclear power..."

In August 2007, musicians Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne and Graham Nash, along with longtime energy activists and colleagues, Harvey Wasserman and Tom Campbell, helped organize as an on-going grassroots campaign and website working to defeat up to $50 billion in proposed loan guarantees for building new atomic reactors. Had these guarantees gone through, there would be virtually no chance of stopping the construction of dozens of new atomic reactors all over the United States.

Garnering support of scores of other artists/musicians and aligning with scientists and environmental groups, in just one month was able to gather over 120,000 signatures on a petition presented to Congress. In a stunning victory shared with grassroots non-profit safe energy organizations, the proposed loan guarantees were pulled from the 2007 Energy Bill.

But the fight isn't over. Today the nuclear power industry is desperately trying to build new reactors in the United States, and to prolong the operation of the 104 currently licensed to operate here. And since the nuclear industry can't get private financing, they continue to go after state and federal funding for new plants. It is our commitment to stop that from happening. Going forward, is committed to preventing the construction of new nuclear reactors and helping to pave the way for an energy economy based on renewables, efficiency and conservation. Toward that goal:

∑ The website serves as an information hub providing up-to-the minute news on the most important nuclear power industry battles taking place across the country. We work closely with other groups monitoring energy issues and will let you know where key battles are shaping up and how you can help stop further funding for the nuclear power industry. It is also a resource providing background and references to learn more about nukes and alternative energy technologies.

∑ works with the environmental / scientific communities to keep musicians, artists and others educated about nuclear and safe energy issues, as well as advising people how they can best impact energy legislation - using their voices and resources to support positive new green proposals and fight against boondoggles like the nuke loan guarantees.

Together we can make a difference!

The answer to global warming and so many of our economic problems is with renewables, energy efficiency and conservation. Help us again move beyond the fifty-year failure of atomic energy into a bright, prosperous green-powered future.

No Nukes!

Your contacts for are:

Harvey Wasserman, Senior Advisor and Website Editor:

Mary Skerrett, Program Director and Outreach Coordinator:


Bloomberg: East Coast Reactors Brace for Hurricane

Nuclear Reactors on East Coast Brace for Hurricane Irene's Wrath: Aug. 26 (Bloomberg) -- More than a dozen nuclear reactors along the U.S. East Coast are being prepared for potential loss of power and damage from high winds and storm surges as Hurricane Irene bears down on the region.

Nuclear plants in Irene's path continued to operate as workers secured loose equipment, checked diesel fuel supplies for backup generators and stowed cots and food for workers who may be stranded during the storm.

At Dominion Resources Inc.'s Millstone nuclear station, which sits on a narrow peninsula in the Long Island Sound near Waterford, Connecticut, workers were examining flood barriers and submarine doors designed to keep reactors dry from a hurricane's storm surge.

"That's part of our storm preparations: ensuring those flood barriers are in place, ready to do their job," said Ken Holt, a spokesman for Richmond, Virginia-based Dominion, in an interview yesterday... more

Huffpo: East Coast Quake Forces Nuke Review

Bill Chameides: All Shook Up on the East Coast: What does the quake mean for nukes?

Nuclear Safety in the Wake of Recent Quakes

Given the disaster that befell Japan's Fukushima nuclear plants following the earthquake-induced tsunami last March, questions of how our East Coast nuclear power plants withstood Tuesday's shakes naturally arise...

In hindsight this week's event was kinda kewl. East Coasters from Maine to Georgia and beyond felt the earth shake beneath their feet for a few moments just before 2 p.m.

With a magnitude of 5.8 and a depth of 3.7 miles, the quake, which hit near the heretofore little known Mineral, Virginia, about 38 miles from Richmond, was the most powerful in the eastern United States in about 70 years. The last of a similar size hit New York state in 1944... more

Earthquakes and Nuke Expansion

Earthquakes and the Expansion of Nuclear Power Plants

The August 23, 2011 (5.9 magnitude) earthquake on the east coast prompted no less than 10 nuclear plants in four states to declare “unusual events,” according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) . (The NRC defines an “unusual event” as a term used to denote that “something out of the ordinary” has happened.) The NRC reported that after the quake, the North Anna and Surry plants in Virginia; the Hope Creek, Oyster Creek and Salem plants in New Jersey; the Susquehanna, Three Mile Island, Peach Bottom and Limerick plants in Pennsylvania; and the Calvert Cliffs nuclear plant in Maryland all declared such “unusual events.”

The east coast temblor and the nuclear “events” that followed should remind us that, despite hopes that Fukushima would spell the end of nuclear power, the so-called “nuclear renaissance” is alive and well.

In the aftermath of the March 11 triple-reactor meltdown at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility, stories and opinion polls trumpeting Japan’s “growing anti-nuclear sentiment” flourished in both the corporate-owned and alternative media. When Germany’s Angela Merkel announced that her country would reject nuclear power and begin shuttering its old plants, the headline spanned newspapers across the globe.

Less widely reported is that, even as Germany, Japan and a handful of other countries -- among them, Italy, Switzerland and some ASEAN member states -- are rejecting or at least reconsidering their commitments to nuclear power, many more (including the US) are still on the nuclear fast track.

Russia, India, Brazil, some Middle Eastern oil economies and a host of developing countries number among those still hot to go nuclear. And the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported recently that more than 60 new countries have expressed “strong interest” in nuclear power -- among them, Iran, which is very close to commissioning its first reactor. The IAEA further promised that global use of nuclear energy will continue to increase for decades -- despite the ongoing crisis at Fukushima...

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The Associated Press: Quake prompts review of nuclear plants in 6 states: WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal officials say nuclear plants from North Carolina to Michigan are under increased scrutiny after a 5.8 magnitude earthquake rocked the East Coast.

Quake raises safety concerns as nuclear plant shut
| Reuters
: (Reuters) - The largest earthquake to hit the East Coast of the United States in 67 years raised concerns on Tuesday about the safety of the country's nuclear power plants.

East Coast earthquake's epicenter near a nuclear plant - magnitude 5.8 earthquake that shook the East Coast on Tuesday was centered near a nuclear power plant, raising concerns that the facility could have been damaged.

North Anna Power Station, located about 10 miles from the epicenter, is running its safety systems on backup generators after the quake knocked out the plant’s outside power source.

David McIntyre, a spokesman for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, said the two reactors at the plant stopped generating power automatically after the quake.

Dominion's North Anna Nuclear Plant Loses Power After Quake: Aug. 23 (Bloomberg) -- Dominion Resources Inc.'s North Anna nuclear power plant was operating on backup diesel generators after a 5.8-magnitude earthquake knocked out its offsite power.

North Anna's twin nuclear reactors automatically shut down during the earthquake, whose epicenter was less than 15 miles (24 kilometers) from the plant, about 85 miles southwest of Washington, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

One of the plant's four diesel generators, which are powering the reactors' cooling systems during the blackout, stopped working as a result of a coolant leak, Roger Hanah, a spokesman for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, said in an interview. Dominion Resources Inc. called a fifth standby generator into service to replace the broken unit, Ryan Frazier, a spokesman for Richmond-based Dominion, said in an e-mail.


U.S. Nuclear Reactors Weather Storm - Bloomberg
By Julie Johnsson - Aug 28, 2011 3:23 PM PT

More than a dozen nuclear plants in the path of Hurricane Irene along the U.S. East Coast safely weathered the storm’s passage without losing power to their reactors, according to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Two reactors were taken offline because of the storm; one in New Jersey as a precaution and one in Maryland after damage from storm-blown debris triggered an automatic shutdown.

Constellation Energy Group Inc. (CEG)’s Calvert Cliffs plant, near Lusby, Maryland, was the only station to suffer damage from Irene, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said in an e- mailed statement. Constellation declared an “unusual event, the lowest of four emergency classifications, after Irene’s winds sent a piece of aluminum siding crashing into the main transformer at the site...

Risk to nuclear plants in hurricane's path may not be what you think | iWatch News

...If the power goes out along the Eastern seaboard for a long period of time, there is a risk that nuclear plants’ backup generators could run out of fuel. Or, Riccio added, the backup power could fail like one of them did Tuesday after the earthquake knocked out electricity to the North Anna nuclear power plant in Virginia...

One Million Lose Power as Irene Takes Aim at New York - Bloomberg
Aug 28, 2011 12:02 AM PT

Exelon Corp. (EXC)’s Oyster Creek nuclear plant in New Jersey shut down its reactor as a precaution ahead of the storm, and other reactors reduced power.
Consolidated Edison said it will decide between 2 a.m. and 10 a.m. today whether to cut power to a swath of Lower Manhattan because of possible flooding from the torrential rains expected from the storm. Power may be cut from south of the Brooklyn Bridge, to Broadway, said John Miksad, the company’s senior vice president of electric operations.
Nuclear reactors near the coast in New Jersey and Connecticut began powering down as a precaution, said David McIntyre, a spokesman for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Reducing power will allow the plants to shut down faster and more efficiently if it becomes necessary.

Exelon shut down its Oyster Creek nuclear reactor in New Jersey as of 5 p.m. local time in anticipation of hurricane- force winds at the plant, the company said in a statement...

Hurricane Irene knocked a nuclear reactor offline at Calvert Cliffs
August 28, 2011 | Posted: 2:10 AM

Hurricane Irene sent a nuclear reactor offline late Saturday night. That's according to the Constellation Energy Nuclear Group.

Costellation says a heavy gust of wind knocked a large piece of aluminum siding from the building. The siding came in contact with a main transformer.

The company says all employees are safe, but an "Unusual Event" was declared. An Unusual Event is the lowest of the 4 emergency classifications.

Costellation says the facility is safe and there is no impact to neighbors...

Nuclear Reactors on East Coast Brace for Hurricane Irene's Wrath

Aug. 26 (Bloomberg) -- More than a dozen nuclear reactors along the U.S. East Coast are being prepared for potential loss of power and damage from high winds and storm surges as Hurricane Irene bears down on the region...

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