On the eve of the Democratic National Convention, thousands will march for action to prevent climate catastrophe and present these demands directly to current and future policy makers:

Ban Fracking Now
Keep Fossil Fuels in the Ground
Stop Dirty Energy
Environmental Justice For All
Quickly and Justly Transition to 100% Renewable Energy

Join the Clean Energy Revolution!

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NYC Actions to Shut Indian Point


NYC actions
Citizens Demand To Close
Indian Point Nuclear Plant

We, residents of the Hudson Valley and the metropolitan New York and New Jersey areas, are demanding that the licensing renewals for the Indian Point nuclear power plant for 2013 and 2015 be denied, and that the plant is closed down as soon as possible. Studies have shown that with upgrades in the New York State power grid, with energy efficiency and conservation measures, and investment in renewable sources, Indian Point’s capacity can be replaced with minimal cost to consumers.

Close the Indian Point
Nuclear Power Plant
-via Credo

To: Members of Congress: Senator Barbara Boxer, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Senator Chuck Schumer, Senator Ron Wyden, Senator Bernie Sanders, Representative Eliot Engel, Representative Nita Lowey, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney.

Stop the Nuclear Regulatory Commission from relicensing the Indian Point nuclear reactors 2 and 3.

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Nuclear Power Is a Moral, Public Health and Public Safety Issue,
a Crime Against Humanity, All Living Creatures, and Our One and Only Home – Planet Earth

The purpose of this paper is to urge you to include a plank in the Democratic Party Platform to close all nuclear power plants now, not to build any new ones, not to allocate money in bills for research for new nuclear technology, new kinds of “safer” nuclear power plants and to once and for all acknowledge that nuclear power is not clean, green, renewable. To exclude such a plank puts the Democratic Party on the side of the nuclear industry and against We the People. We absolutely do not need nuclear power to save the climate, now or ever. … Read More

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Let us be clear: without Michael Mariotte’s decision in the mid 1980’s to devote his talents to stopping the nuclear industry, many things would be very different today. Michael could not do what he did without Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS), and the many thousands of people who work with NIRS could not have produced the results they did without Michael at the helm. This is one telling of this story.

Dispassionate passion: The smartest one in almost any room… but never resting on his own analysis; always digging, asking the next question, checking the facts. Michael Mariotte was a journalist and an organizer and at bottom it was these talents that made his leadership of the civilian end of the US anti-nuclear community so deft. Michael’s dispassion was sometimes misunderstood as indifference, but he was standing back, watching as the pieces of a puzzle would come together. Michael’s ability to zero-in with the precision of a hawk on the pressure point that could lead to change, and then write the words that would mobilize thousands onto a path of action created much of the passion in our community that has resulted in so many victories over the last thirty years. (See Victories below.)

Michael’s dedication to evidence and documentation provided credible, reliable information and analysis from routine reporting to hardcore litigation. He fully supported and sometimes led nonviolent direct action.

Writing: Michael’s 31+ year tenure at NIRS is characterized by dedicated writing. He joined NIRS in February 1985 to write and edit Groundswell, NIRS publication for the Grassroots Anti-Nuclear Movement which provided in-depth reporting and analysis. In it Mariotte wrote articles so classic (including Nuclear Is Not the Solution the Greenhouse Problem) that many, if reprinted today, would hardly need update. NIRS had already established itself as the Go-To source for information on reactor operations and capacity factors, which were calculated weekly by staff and published twice a month in The Nuclear Monitor. Prior to the internet, this publication was the only readily available source of good facts on nuclear energy performance, and lack thereof, for the financial and policy worlds. He did not pursue a desire to go into the field of socially responsible investing rather stayed with NIRS to inform that realm of the financial and other dangers of nuclear power and its fuel chain. Michael kept The Nuclear Monitor alive and expanded it when publication of Groundswell ended (circa 1989). By 2000 with a staff of seven, he was far too busy with other aspects of NIRS work to write as he had before. Indeed hand-off of the publication of The Nuclear Monitor was a key element in NIRS’s affiliation with the World Information Service on Energy (WISE) that year. WISE continues regular production of the Nuclear Monitor in conjunction with NIRS.

Michael’s commitment to reporting shown through again on his daily log of events as the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) Fukushima Daiichi meltdowns unfolded in 2011. The NIRS website often “broke” news that was only reported by …read moreRead More

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What NASA insisted for decades could not be­a spacecraft using solar energy rather than nuclear power going beyond the orbit of Mars­will be proven false next Monday, July 4th, Independence Day, when the solar-energized Juno space probe arrives at Jupiter.

NASA had maintained that to provide on-board power and heat on spacecraft in deep space, plutonium-powered systems were required­despite the disaster if there were an accident on launch or in a fall back to Earth and the plutonium was released. I broke the story 30 years ago about how the next mission of NASA’s ill-fated Challenger shuttle was to involve lofting a plutonium-powered space probe and I have been reporting in articles, books and on television on the nuclear-in-space issue ever since.

If the Challenger accident did not happen in January 1986 but the shuttle exploded on its next scheduled mission, in May 1986, with the plutonium-powered space probe in its cargo bay, the impacts could have been enormous. Plutonium is the most lethal of all radioactive substances.

Still, when NASA re-scheduled the two plutonium-powered missions it had planned for 1986­one the Galileo mission to Jupiter­it not only publicly declared that plutonium systems to provide on-board power for space probes in deep space were necessary but swore to that in court.

Opponents of the Galileo mission brought suit in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. in 1989 seeking to stop the nuclear-energized Galileo shot because of its public health danger in the event of an accident, and they pressed NASA and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) on the availability of a safe energy alternative. NASA and DOE officials swore that only nuclear power would do that far out in space, that solar energy could not be harvested beyond the orbit of Mars.

And now comes NASA’s own Juno spacecraft energized by solar energy functioning in deep space. Indeed, NASA acknowledges, “This is the first time in history a spacecraft is using solar power so far out in space.”

Says Bruce Gagnon, coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space: “All during out campaigns to oppose NASA plutonium launches during 1989, 1990 and 1997”­when NASA launched its Cassini space probe with the most plutonium NASA ever used in a power system on a spacecraft­“the space agency maintained in court and in the media that solar would not work as an on-board power source in deep space. Then, in part because of grassroots pressure from around the planet, NASA decided to use solar on the deep space Juno mission.”

“To this day,” Gagnon went on last week, “NASA still maintains that it must use deadly nuclear devices on some of its space missions­further evidence that the nuclear industry maintains a stranglehold on the space agency. The nuclear industry mistakenly views space as a new market for its toxic product that so many have rejected back here on Earth.”

Gagnon added: “We will continue to organize to stop the nuclearization of space­and we will use NASA’s own Juno mission as evidence that …read moreRead More

The pile presents a danger to residents: the broken fence and tattered plastic cover allows unrestricted access and possible spread of contaminants By Louis Ricciuti and Frank Parlato Niagara Falls, New York, USA June 23, 2016 Editor’s note: This report from a local journal in Western New York State may […]

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This week, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), the operators of the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant in California, agreed to a breakthrough deal which established the terms necessary to shut down the last two operating commercial nuclear reactors in the state by 2024 and 2025 and replace their power generation with renewable energy and energy efficiency measures. The deal, included an agreement from PG&E to not seek a license renewal which would allow the reactors to operate for an additional 20 years.

The nuclear power plant was constructed on a seaside cliff 85 feet above the Pacific Ocean in an active seismic zone on the coast of California; near the San Andreas fault, the San Luis Bay Fault, less than a mile from the Shoreline fault line, and less than three miles from the Hosgri fault. After the earthquake in tsunami in Japan, more critical attention was paid to the ability of the facility to withstand damage from earthquakes in the area, and the utility was forced to conduct additional seismic studies. The plant was also being forced to reassess its use of ocean water for cooling, many residents and officials in the state wanted the utility to construct cooling towers instead of using ocean water.

Despite the fact that nuclear energy has always been touted as “too cheap to meter”, economic hurdles have been plaguing the nuclear industry since its conception, forcing it by necessity to be reliant on enormous subsidies by the federal government. As the fleet of nuclear reactors in the United States continues to age, the cost of upkeep and operation continues to grow – in contrast the prices of renewable energies have been falling with no signs of changing in the future. By accepting this agreement, PG&E has admitted that nuclear energy cannot compete against the benefits of renewable energy and energy efficiency in modern markets.

The safer and more reliable energy grid America needs in the future will not rely on centralized power stations – it will feature and benefit from community-based distributed power generation that will make it not only more robust and cost-effective for the consumer. Such a grid will be able to better handle the demands of supplying power to hundreds of millions of residents, will be able to better mitigate the effects of damage and power loads, and the innovations being made in the field of energy storage will revolutionize the way that people view and use energy. The State of California has already realized this, and established goals to obtain over 50% of its energy from renewables and non-fossil fuel sources (including energy efficiency and energy storage) within the next 15 years. In California, the people who will benefit the most from the closure of the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plants and the increased focus on energy efficiency and distributed power generation are the very residents who purchase their power from PG&E.

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