Monday, December 19, 2016

SMOKE SCREEN – why building new nukes is a lost opportunity for humankind with precious time and money wasted on the wrong choice | Fairewinds Energy Education

The Fairewinds Crew created this special 2-minute animation to show you why building new nukes is a lost opportunity for humankind with precious time and money wasted on the wrong choice. At least $8.2 Trillion would be needed to build the 1,000 atomic reactors the nuclear industry wants – that’s 1 reactor every 12-days for 35-years. Watch the animation to see what it means and why!

If you want more information, we have issued a paper, and presented this topic at several major universities and forums , and wanted to make it more accessible to people throughout the world. Truthout published Arnie Gundersen’s summation of this project in a news analysis entitled: Nuclear Power Is Not “Green Energy”: It Is a Fount of Atomic Waste.

People often say: here’s what it boils down to, but at Fairewinds we have found that in the nuclear business, ‘boiling something down’ is not a good thing to do!  Here in Vermont, where we make maple syrup from the sap of the maple tree, we say: ‘here’s how it sugars off’.  Fairewinds has sugared off the data to give you this 2-minute CO2 Smokescreen Animation; we hope it clarifies a tough topic.
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Nuclear Power Is Not "Green Energy": It Is a Fount of Atomic Waste

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

12/11反原発・反核集会のお知らせ | No Nukes Action Committee

12/11反原発・反核集会のお知らせ (english below)***

その間、国はできるだけのことをして福島犠牲者を救ってきたのか? どうして過酷事故が起きてしまったのか、その事実を国民に隠さず見せたのか? 二度と悲惨な事故が起きないよう、努力してきたのか? 残念ながら、その答えは全部ノーです。自主避難者への住宅支援が打ち切られようとしています。
日時 : 12月11日,日曜日 午後3時から
場所 : サンフランシスコ日本領事館前、275 Battery Street、SF
     (BART. Embarcadero駅より3−4ブロック)
主催 : No Nukes Action


12/11 Announcement of anti-nuclear / anti-nuclear rally
Posted by k.delaney on December 6, 2016

Early ones are coming to an end in 2016. Five more than a half years passed already from abominable Fukushima meltdown.

Meanwhile, the country has done as much as possible and saved Fukushima victims? Why did the severe accident happen, did not hide the fact from the public? Have you made an effort to prevent a miserable accident again? Unfortunately, the answer is all no. Housing support for volunteer evacuees is about to be discontinued.

Visited California twice and Chieko Shiina who reported the current situation in Fukushima explains the current situation in the first 5 minutes of the next video.

When citizens have to look at the facts, the country deprives freedom of broadcasting and press, school education does not teach the dangers of nuclear power, promotes Japan to the world at the Tokyo Olympic Games, Japan says it is safe to lie I am trying to raise the motivation of the people.
"Japan's best!" - Olympics and Paralympic Education that will patronize with patriotism and service

Such nuclear power policies in Japan can not be allowed. It is integrated with the policy toward militarism. Let's give a voice of protest! It is the last 11th meeting this year. I wish for much participation as this year's closing.

The 53rd monthly 11th, December Anti-nuclear / anti-nuclear protest rally
Date and time: December 11, Sunday from 3 pm
Reading letters to Abe and speaking out. Scheduled to be dissolved around 4 o'clock
Place: before the Consulate in San Francisco 275 Battery Street, SF
(3-4 blocks from BART. Embarcadero station)
Organized by: No Nukes Action

12/11反原発・反核集会のお知らせ | No Nukes Action Committee

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

#NuclearHotseat 284: CHERNOBYL EXCLUSIVE / Fukushima / EPA’s Gina McCarthy’s “Protective” Action Guides for radioactivity in water

Nuclear Hotseat #284: CHERNOBYL EXCLUSIVE!
New Arch Not “the End;” It’s the Beginning –
On-The-Ground Report w/Lucas Hixon

Up Close and Personal w/Chernobyl: nuclear researcher Lucas Hixon on his work at site in Ukraine, possible problems, need for ongoing monitoring – will spring rains soften underlying marsh, compromise the structure? Will the international community continue to support the decommissioning work or will they forget? And what has Chernobyl taught us about Fukushima? Details you won’t get on mainstream media! Plus EPA’s Gina McCarthy’s “Protective” Action Guides for radioactivity in water get her in the ultimate hot water: Numnutz of the Week – again!
LISTEN NOW > Nuclear Hotseat #284: CHERNOBYL EXCLUSIVE! – New Arch Not “the End;” It’s the Beginning – On-The-Ground Report w/Lucas Hixon

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

NUCLEAR ENERGY IS DIRTY ENERGY (and does not fit into a “clean energy standard”) – Briefing Paper [PDF]

The nuclear power industry spent more than $650 million on lobbying, campaign contributions and advertising from 2000-2010 in its persistent effort to achieve a nuclear “renaissance.”1

Now that the nuclear “renaissance” has sputtered, with only 5 of some 35 reactor proposals currently being pursued, the industry is turning its attention— and money--toward preventing the shutdown of many aging reactors unable to compete economical- ly with wind and solar power.

One of the industry’s primary goals has been to convince federal and state legislators, regulatory officials, and the media that nuclear power is some- how “clean” energy, because nuclear reactors emit little carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. But this disregards the alphabet soup of other cancer- causing pollutants spewed into our air and water by nuclear facilities. Unfortunately, lobbying cam- paigns backed by so much money often attain some success.

Thus, there are increasing calls from nuclear indus- try backers, inside and outside of government, to include nuclear power in Renewable Energy Stand- ards (or new “Clean Energy Standards”) intended to boost use of clean renewables, or to permit nuclear to trade emissions credits in regional cap-and-trade emissions programs. This is occurring at both the federal and state levels to encourage use of nuclear power (and for some proponents, coal and natural gas as well) to the detriment of genuinely clean and affordable technologies like wind, solar, energy efficiency and others.2

This trend is likely to accelerate as states prepare plans to implement the Environmental Protection Agency’s carbon reduction rules over the next two years.

Proposals to include nuclear power as part of a Clean or Renewable Energy Standard suffer from three fundamental misconceptions: 1) that carbon dioxide is the only pollutant that matters when de- fining “clean energy;” 2) that because radiation is invisible and odorless, it is not a toxic pollutant; 3) that nuclear power is carbon-free. None of these is true.

Only one of the many technologies that can produce electricity is capable of a catastrophic accident that can kill tens or even hundreds of thousands of peo- ple, presents a security threat of unprecedented pro- portions because of this vulnerability, and creates a lethal byproduct that will be toxic for hundreds of thousands of years: nuclear power. To call nuclear power “clean” is an affront to science and common sense...

more: Briefing Paper: NUCLEAR ENERGY IS DIRTY ENERGY (and does not fit into a “clean energy standard”) [PDF] | NIRS

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Pilgrim’s Progress: Inside the American Nuclear-Waste Crisis - The New Yorker

On a mild September day in 2012, Paul Rifkin asked a friend with a helicopter to help him perform an experiment. Rifkin, a retired restaurateur turned amateur photographer, wanted to capture aerial images of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, which sits on the shores of Cape Cod Bay, a quick drive from his home. He had taken an interest in the facility a year and a half earlier, after an earthquake and tsunami in Fukushima, Japan, caused a series of explosions and meltdowns in three coastal reactors—all nearly identical in design to the one at Pilgrim. Rifkin had recently joined the Cape Downwinders, a group of local residents concerned about the plant’s safety, and hoped to test assertions by a Pilgrim manager that the airspace above the plant was secure. The flyover photos he snapped that day suggested it wasn’t, but they also showed something else. On the site, near the reactor building, Entergy, the facility’s owner, had broken ground on a twelve-thousand-square-foot concrete pad. Rifkin and his fellow-activists would later learn that it was intended as storage space for the plant’s accumulating radioactive waste…

more: Pilgrim’s Progress: Inside the American Nuclear-Waste Crisis - The New Yorker

photo: "When Cape Cod’s Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station closes, in 2019, it will still be home to some eight hundred tons of spent fuel." COURTESY PAUL RIFKIN

Thursday, November 17, 2016

update on my medical situation

Robert Cherwink’s Daily • #RCDaily #ECO | #RCDaily #ECO ::: WEEKLY edition
The #OcNukeDaily • #OccupyNuclear | The #OcNuke Weekly • #OccupyNuclear

UPDATE 17 NOVEMBER: a quick update on my medical situation: i met with my surgeon yesterday, and he wants to try a course of injections for my neck rather than perform surgery at this point. the muscle spasms in my neck and shoulders have literally pulled my shoulder out of place so that i have been having some serious difficulty with my right arm; also, we have discovered that there are 4 bad disks instead of only 3 – hopefully this therapy will work and no surgery need!  

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Nuclear Power Is Not "Green Energy": It Is a Fount of Atomic Waste

By Arnie Gundersen

Starting in 1971, I became a card-carrying member of the "nuclear priesthood." I began as a licensed nuclear reactor operator and progressed through the industry to become a senior vice president. I believed, with religious fervor, that by helping to build and operate atomic power reactors, I would be creating power that was "too cheap to meter." The historic 1973 gasoline shortages and long lines of cars queued at the pumps made it clear to me and hundreds of other nuclear engineers that nuclear power was the only solution to the "energy shortage." In the 1970s and '80s, solving this apparent energy shortage was our only mantra. At that time, there was no scientific data connecting fossil fuels to climate change.
In 1953, President Eisenhower initiated his "Atoms for Peace" program as a means to transform the atom from a scourge into a benefit for mankind and created grand illusions of at least 1,000 US atomic plants by the year 2005. However, well before the 1979 disaster at Three Mile Island, nuclear construction costs were skyrocketing and construction schedules were constantly slipping. The overzealous goal of 1,000 US atomic power reactors dwindled to about 110 finally completed reactors, while more than 120 others that had been on the drawing boards were canceled before producing a single watt of power.
By 1985, Eisenhower's dream of reclaiming the power of the atom for peaceful purposes had unraveled and had become a nightmare. Electric rates continued to skyrocket and ratepayers were left picking up the pieces from Atoms for Peace.
Of the more than 230 attempts to construct atomic power reactors in the United States during the 20th century, only 99 reactors are still operating. Globally, a total of 438 atomic power reactors were still operating in 2015, according to the World Nuclear Association.
During the 20th century, the lights stayed on and the prediction of a dire energy shortage never materialized. Nuclear power's claims that it would be an economic nirvana "too cheap to meter" collapsed as well. Entering the 21st century, renewables began to appear more feasible, so the atomic power industry latched on to NASA's James Hansen's 1988 prognosis of the global buildup in CO2 resulting in global climate change as a new justification for existence. Armed with this new marketing ploy, nuclear power lobbyists flooded Capitol Hill looking for financing to fund the 21st century "nuclear renaissance."
Does the nuclear industry's latest claim that it is the world's salvation from increasing levels of CO2 hold up under scrutiny? No. The evidence clearly shows that building new nuclear power plants will make global warming worse...
more: Nuclear Power Is Not "Green Energy": It Is a Fount of Atomic Waste

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Environmental Protection Agency's New Emergency Plan for Drinking Water Concerns Many | NBC Bay Area [VIDEO]

The EPA's Plan for drinking water concerns many, however, it may take effect within weeks

It happened with devastating speed in Fukushima, Japan.

It’s happening slowly all over the United States: radioactive waste is seeping into the soil and groundwater.

As she paces the fence at Lawrence Livermore Labs near her home, Marylia Kelley shakes her head about a new Environmental Protection Agency proposal that could affect communities like hers if a future radioactive release were to occur. It’s called a Protective Action Guide, or PAG. If formally adopted, it would set new, much higher levels on radioactive materials to be allowed in drinking water supplies following any kind of “radiological” accident or spill for an undetermined “intermediate” period of time...

more: Environmental Protection Agency's New Emergency Plan for Drinking Water Concerns Many | NBC Bay Area

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

11/11 SF Japan Consulate Speak-out-Evacuate The Families and Children of Fukushima and Stop The Cover-up | No Nukes Action Committee

Friday November 11, 2016 3:00 PM
275 Battery St./California St.
San Francisco
On November 11, 2016 there will be a speak out at the Japanese consulate to call for the immediate evacuation of the children and families of Fukushima. The Abe government which now runs TEPCO continues to cover-up the dangers of radiation and is also still attempting to restart Japan’s nuclear power plants. The Abe government has told the people of Japan and the world that the Fukushima crisis has been overcome and there is nothing to worry about despite the fact that radioactive material continues to contaminate the area and the Pacifica ocean.
The Japanese people are growing increasingly angry at the lies and also the massive costs of containing the crisis and the tens of thousands of bags of contaminated waste as well as the thousands of tanks of contaminated water.
Even NHK has been running programs about the unbridled costs of the 7,000 workers which are still employed at the plant to keep it “under control”
The people of Japan need to know that American people stand with them in defending the people of Fukushima and also opposing any restarting of the nuclear plants.
Speak Out and Rally initiated by
No Nukes Action Committee
– related articles –
Radioactive contaminant levels can’t be read at 31 Fukushima temp waste sites
October 24, 2016 (Mainichi Japan)
Japan Abe’s Lies and Cover-up -Car wash septic tanks emerge as radiation threat in Fukushima “companies that install the septic tanks know about the radiation problem, they couldn’t go public about it for fear of losing customers.”
Car wash septic tanks emerge as radiation threat in Fukushima
KYODO  NOV 6, 2016
written by NNA member Steve Zeltzer

11/11 SF Japan Consulate Speak-out-Evacuate The Families and Children of Fukushima and Stop The Cover-up | No Nukes Action Committee

Saturday, November 5, 2016

CO2 Smoke Screen: New Nukes Make Global Warming Worse Presentation — Nuclear Energy Education

CO2 Smoke Screen: New Nukes Make Global Warming Worse had its debut presentation at the 2016 World Social Forum at the University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM). Invited to present both a keynote speech and during workshops, Fairewinds’ Chief Engineer Arnie Gundersen and Program Administrator Caroline Aronson attended the Montreal Forum and made presentations at UQAM and McGill University, where Mr. Gundersen shared a condensed version of the “CO2 Smoke Screen” keynote and addressed the issue of radiation releases from Fukushima into the Pacific Ocean.

CO2 Smoke Screen: New Nukes Make Global Warming Worse Presentation — Nuclear Energy Education

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 Fairewinds Energy Education

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

11.6 Nuclear #Disarmament and the #SFBayArea: Free Sunday Talk w/ Q & A

How can Bay Area residents support global nuclear disarmament? Is there a local disarmament movement? Tri-Valley CAREs Staff Attorney, Scott Yundt, will speak about the opportunities and challenges for local people who are concerned about the dangers of nuclear weapons in our world. Come and learn about the environmental cost shared by the communities within a 50 mile radius of the lab and how you can get involved where you live.

Nuclear Disarmament and the Bay Area: Free Sunday Talk followed by Q & A Tickets, Sun, Nov 6, 2016 at 1:30 PM | Eventbrite

Saturday, October 29, 2016

The #NuclearIsDirty! Presentation Series – environmental problems #nuclear power creates from cradle to grave

As part of the #NuclearIsDirty campaign, NIRS has hosted a series of public events and presentations detailing the massive environmental problems nuclear power creates: from cradle to grave.

The #NuclearIsDirty! Presentation Series

• Church Rock, 1979: The story of the worst nuclear accident in U.S. history • Canaries in the Uranium Mine The Abandoned Uranium Mine Crisis and the Campaign to Clean them Up • Fukushima+5 - Report on Life on the Ground in Japan• Chernobyl +30: A Look from the Inside • Abusing our Waters: Nuclear Power Threats to Water and Ecosystems

Press Release for Oct 27 2016 No Nukes Bailout Action

Stop the Cuomo Tax is a grassroots campaign led by Food & Water Watch and the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG). For Immediate Release:October 27, 2016 Media Contact: Mark Dunlea (518) 860-3725 More than 100 Groups Join Growing Campaign to Stop the Cuomo Tax; 25,000+ New Yorkers Sign Up to Oppose Cuomo Tax of Nearly $8 Billion in Increased Utility Rates During Statewide Day of Action, New Yorkers Reject Cuomo’s Billions for Planned Nuclear Power Bailout (view videos on Explore WESPAC) White Plains – A statewide campaign of over 100 organizations today urged Governor Cuomo to pull the plug on his plan to spend billions to bail out aging, unsafe upstate nuclear power plants. At rallies across the state, advocates and consumers mobilized against Governor Cuomo’s costly and increasingly unpopular nuclear bailout plan. They called on Cuomo to abandon his controversial and misguided plan to tax New Yorkers to pay nearly $8 billion to bail out a wealthy Chicago-based corporation that runs several failing nuclear power plants in the state. The direct hit to residential consumers alone will be huge. Con Edison customers’ electric bills alone go up by more than $700 million dollars. They already pay some of the highest electricity rates in the nation. Long Island customers’ bills will increase by $500 million and Niagara Mohawk bills by $465 million. To dramatize their message, supporters of the Stop the Cuomo Tax campaign delivered an oversized rejected utility bill to the Governor’s office in New York City, and held similar events in Albany, Long Island, Poughkeepsie and White Plains. Cuomo has directed the New York Public Service Commission (PSC) to insert into New York’s “Clean Energy Standard” a surcharge on utility bills designed to bail out failing nuclear power plants. The Cuomo Tax has nothing to do with clean energy. Instead, it will raise billions to prop up and subsidize three upstate nuclear plants – FitzPatrick, Ginna and Nine Mile Point – that are among the oldest plants still operating in the United States. Under the Cuomo Tax, regular New Yorkers will pay more for their utility bills over the next 12 years – from 2017 to 2029 – to bail out failing nuclear plants that should be replaced by energy efficiency and truly clean renewable energy. These aging and dangerous plants are losing money and their costs continue to rise the longer they stay open. Plus, more than one million New Yorkers already struggle to pay their utility bills every month. The total cost for bailing out the FitzPatrick, Ginna and Nine Mile Point nuclear plants could be nearly $8 billion, according to a new independent analysis from the Public Utility Law Project (PULP), a nonpartisan group that represents and advocates for low-income consumers in utility, telecommunications and energy-related matters. "Many low and moderate income consumers are having a hard time paying their utility bills. The last thing they need is a tax on their monthly utility bill to bail out the rich corporate owners of dirty, expensive nuclear power plants. If the Governor wants to create jobs and curb climate change, he should redirect the $7.6 billion into support for offshore wind and a major expansion of solar power," said Mark Dunlea of the Green Education and Legal Fund and 350NYC. “The campaign to Stop the Cuomo Tax grows stronger every day. Today, the people of New York sent a strong message to Governor Cuomo: don’t waste $7.6 billion of our money to prop up aging nuclear plants. It’s time for Governor Cuomo to listen to New Yorkers and invest in renewables, instead of wasting billions propping up the dirty fuels of the past,” said Greta Zarro, Organizer at Food & Water Watch “Nuclear power is a highly-polluting industrial process which produces large amounts of radioactive waste, heat, and greenhouse gases throughout its entire full fuel cycle. Characterization of nuclear as ‘zero-emission’ is, frankly, Orwellian. Nuclear power is actually a chain of highly energy-intensive industrial processes which – combined – consume large amounts of fossil fuels and generate potent warming gases in addition to toxic waste byproducts,” said Michel Lee, an attorney who has worked pro bono with citizen groups opposing the nuclear subsidy. “Imagine the broad benefits which would accrue if the same level of subsidies - $7.6 to $10 billion – was put to use upgrading the transmission grid or promoting green construction and technology," added Lee, who has been active with the Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition. "Clearwater opposes the nuclear subsidy included in the NYS Public Service Commission's Clean Energy Standard, because nuclear power is far from clean in its mining, milling transportation, use and storage. Nuclear plants emit radioactivity into the air, water and ground through planned and unplanned releases," noted Manna Jo Greene, Environmental Director for Hudson River Sloop Clearwater. "This mandatory 12-year subsidy means that ratepayer dollars that should be going to scale up renewables and energy efficiency are being used to bail out aging, unprofitable and dangerous nuclear plants, which will continue to generate highly radioactive nuclear waste for which there is no safe storage." ABOUT STOP THE CUOMO TAX Stop the Cuomo Tax is a grassroots campaign led by Food & Water Watch and the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG). To learn more, please visit

via C.A.N. Coalition Against Nukes

Friday, October 28, 2016

Nuclear Hotseat #279: Fort Calhoun SHUTDOWN! w/LaVerne Thraen & #ShutPilgrimNow Speakout at Mass. State House w/Diane Turco

#ShutPilgrimNow Speakout at Mass. State House w/Diane Turco
LISTEN NOW: Nuclear Hotseat #279: Fort Calhoun SHUTDOWN! w/LaVerne Thraen #ShutPilgrimNow Speakout at Mass. State House w/Diane Turco

This Week’s Featured Interviews:

  • LaVerne Thraen is a veteran energy activist who has been opposing the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Generating Station since the 1980’s.  We spoke less than an hour after it was shut down for good, on Monday, October 24, 2016.

  • Diane Turco of Cape (Cod) Downwinders fills us in on last week’s #ShutPilgrimNow Citizen Speak-out at the Massachusetts State House.  Call Governor Charlie Baker’s office and tell him the reactor needs to be shut down NOW: 

(617) 725-4005

The Massachusetts State House Citizen Shut Pilgrim Speak-Out

Numnutz of the Week:

James Hansen uses propaganda tricks perfected by Nazi Propaganda Minister Josef Goebbles to try to convince the world that anti-nuclear is bad and nuclear is **clean** **green** **sustainable**… and also that his own fecal matter is not odoriferous.  Just remember what Goebbles said:  “Accuse the other side of that which you are guilty” and “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people wil eventually come to believe it.”  A perfect description of what James Hansen is doing, whether he understands the source of his strategy or not.

LISTEN NOW: Nuclear Hotseat #279: Fort Calhoun SHUTDOWN! w/LaVerne Thraen #ShutPilgrimNow Speakout at Mass. State House w/Diane Turco

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Join the Petition to Suspend Operations At the James A. FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant | AGREE

The Alliance for a Green Economy (AGREE) and Beyond Nuclear have filed a petition with the NRC asking for an emergency enforcement action against the James A. FitzPatrick nuclear power plant in Scriba, New York. The petition asks for the immediate suspension of the plant's operating license, public hearings on the safety of the plant, and the public release of a post-Fukushima safety reassessment.

We hope you will join the petition as a co-signer. To sign on, click here.
If you've already signed on, please ask your friends to join this campaign. If each of us convinces just one other person, we can surpass our goal!Email your friends about our campaign, or, promote this page on Facebook and Twitter.

Join the Petition to Suspend Operations At the James A. FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant | AGREE

October 27 ::: Rally to Stop the Nuclear Bailout in New York! (Facebook event page)

We know Governor Cuomo’s plan to tax New Yorkers’ utility bills to bail out old, unsafe, unprofitable nuclear plants is a big mistake. If the governor gets his way, he’ll take $7.6 billion from hard working New Yorkers and hand it over to subsidize dangerous, inefficient nuclear plants owned by a wealthy Chicago-based corporation. We can’t let that happen. 

Join us at Thursday, October 27th at noon outside Governor Cuomo's Midtown office at 633 3rd Avenueto send a strong message agaist the bailout. Together, we can stop the Cuomo Tax, block the nuclear bailout, and start moving to a truly green renewable energy future. But it’s going to take all of us! Join us Thursday October 27th at noon!

(Facebook event page) –
Rally to Stop the Nuclear Bailout

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Nuclear Hotseat #278: Dr. Ian Fairlie on Radiation Measurments – Linear No Threshold vs. “Whore”mesis

This Week’s Featured Interviews:

  • Dr. Ian Fairlie has studied radiation and radioactivity since the Chernobyl accident in 1986; received his doctorate from Princeton on the radiological hazards of nuclear fuel reprocessing; and from 2000 to 2004, was head of the Secretariat of the UK Government’s CERRIE Committee on internal radiation risks. He has been a consultant on radiation matters to the European Parliament, local and regional governments, environmental NGOs, and private individuals.Dr. Fairlie’s article on Linear No Threshold (LNT) vs. Hormesis.

  • Eiji Ogama made the film “Tell the Prime Minister”  on the Japanese anti-nuclear movement.  Using Youtube videos (with permission) and interviews done specifically for the film, he catches the movement at its peak, culminating in the 2012 demonstration in front of the Prime Minister’s residence which consisted of over 200,000 demonstrators.  A  sociology and history professor at the Faculty of Policy Management at Keio University in Tokyo, Oguma both participated in and researched anti-nuclear movement since the Fukushima accident began in 2011.

Numnutz of the Week (for Nuclear Boneheadedness):

TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Company), which operated the demolished, radioactive, leaking mess that remains of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, “isn’t asking for a bailout,” they just “want help to avoid bankruptcy.”  TRANSLATION:  Money money money money money money money money — endless amounts of government – meaning taxpayer – money that will never, ever be enough.   Isn’t that just like the nuclear industry?  
Featured Photo: Still shot from “Tell the Prime Minister” by Eiji Ogama. 

LISTEN NOW: Nuclear Hotseat #278: Dr. Ian Fairlie on Radiation Measurments – Linear No Threshold vs. “Whore”mesis

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Public Participation Hearings on PG&E’s Request to Close Diablo Canyon on OCT 20; SAN LUIS OBISPO {{ CLOSE IT NOW! }}

– "We are holding [this] Public Participation Hearing[s] to provide an
opportunity for residents and organizations in and near San Luis Obispo to provide their perspective and input to us about..."
1:30 & 7 PM

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 28, 2016 - The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) will hold Public Participation Hearings to provide an opportunity for residents and organizations in and near San Luis Obispo to provide their perspective and input to the CPUC about Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E) request to close its Diablo Canyon Power Plant.
WHEN: Oct. 20, 2016, 1:30 p.m. AND 7 p.m.
WHERE: San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden in El Chorro Regional Park, Oak Glen Pavilion Room,

450 Dairy Creek Rd., San Luis Obispo
Comments from the public can help the CPUC reach an informed decision and consumers are encouraged to attend the Public Participation Hearings. The CPUC expects to hold additional Public Participation Hearings later in the course of this proceeding. 

CPUC event page does not list the simulcast mtg set up for SLO ... where as their website does ... WATCH FOR UPDATES

Energy & Water Collisions: Drought Implications | CleanEnergy Footprints « Archive July 31st, 2012

“There are places in which so much water is being removed from rivers and lakes for drinking water, agriculture, and current power plants that if you add in more power plant water demand, something will have to give. Developers, regulators, and investors really need to closely look at how new plants would affect water sources before backing those plants. Even though people think of the eastern U.S. as having plenty of water, current problems and trends in water demand and supply show that energy-water stresses will only increase in lots of places. Research shows that climate change has and will likely continue to increase the frequency of drought in certain parts of the country, including in the Southeast, making low- or no-water options like wind, solar photovoltaics, and energy efficiency even more valuable.”

July 31st, 2012
As we enter the dog days of summer, much of the Southeast region has once again succumbed to drought conditions, especially Georgia and neighboring Alabama. And nationally, drought is plaguing much of the country and affecting not just the “usual” suspects out West–even presumed “water rich” regions including the Southeast and areas along the East Coast are being impacted by record low rainfalls and blazing temperatures. As we have pointed out before, especially through our recent work with the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) on the collaborative Energy and Water in a Warming World (EW3) initiative, our existing electricity infrastructure is especially vulnerable given it’s reliance on the availability of abundant water supplies...

READ: Energy & Water Collisions: Drought Implications | CleanEnergy Footprints « Archive July 31st, 2012

whats up: #BustTheMyth – nukes are NOT carbon-free, clean, safe, green, or affordable!

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California: Clean Energy To Replace Nuclear Energy From Last Nuclear Plant

The Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant currently provides 8 percent of California's electricity. Credit: Getty Images
By Phil McKenna for Inside Climate News – Diablo Canyon, California’s last remaining nuclear facility, will be retired within a decade if state regulators agree to a proposal by Pacific Gas and Electric Corporation and several environmental and labor organizations to replace its power production with clean energy. The San Francisco-based utility said on Tuesday that it will ask state regulators to let operating licenses for two nuclear reactors at its Diablo Canyon power plant expire in 2024 and 2025. The utility said it would make up for the loss of power with a mix of energy efficiency, renewables and energy storage that would cost less than nuclear power. 

California, World’s Sixth Largest Economy, Going Nuclear-Free

Driven by solar and wind, world investments in renewable energy leapt in 2014. Photo credit: Jürgen from Sandesneben, Germany/Licensed under CC BY 2.0
By Kate Colwell for Friends of the Earth – BERKELEY, CALIF. – An historic agreement has been reached between Pacific Gas and Electric, Friends of the Earth, and other environmental and labor organizations to replace the Diablo Canyon nuclear reactors with greenhouse-gas-free renewable energy, efficiency and energy storage resources. Friends of the Earth says the agreement provides a clear blueprint for fighting climate change by replacing nuclear and fossil fuel energy with safe, clean, cost-competitive renewable energy. 

5 More US Nukes To Close

By Harvey Wasserman for EcoWatch. A rising tsunami of U.S. nuke shut-downs may soon include California’s infamous Diablo Canyon double reactors. But it depends on citizen action, including a statewide petition. Five U.S. reactor closures have been announced within the past month. A green regulatory decision on California’s environmental standards could push the number to seven. The focus is now on a critical June 28 California State Lands Commission meeting. Set for Sacramento, the hearing could help make the Golden State totally nuke free, ending the catastrophic radioactive and global warming impacts caused by these failing plants. A public simulcast of the Sacramento meeting is expected to gather a large crowd at the Morro Bay Community Center near the reactor site.

Nuclear Energy | PopularResistance.Org