Scrap the Japan-India Nuclear Agreement : an international appeal to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Narendra Modi

SIGN NOW

The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit Japan on the 31st of August. On 1 September Mr. Modi and Japanese PM Mr. Shinzo Abe are expected to finalize the Japan-India Nuclear Cooperation Agreement. We, the concerned citizens and civil society groups of Japan, India and the world urge both the Prime Ministers to immediately terminate the negotiations.

This agreement effectively turns back the wheel of reckoning after Fukushima by rehabilitating global nuclear corporates in India which is violently imposing reactor projects on vulnerable people. Also, it sets an unacceptable precedent by legitimizing India`s nuclear weapons, manufactured by using international nuclear technology.

The nuclear accident at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant demonstrated to the world that once a nuclear accident occurs, it affects the society and our life far into the future in unexpected and dangerous ways. In the light of this accident, Japan’s plans to build new nuclear power plants are next to impossible, and even restarting the existing reactors is highly objectionable and untenable.

Given these problems in the domestic realm, Mr. Abe has looked abroad to salvage the declining nuclear industry of Japan. The Abe administration has negotiated nuclear corporation agreements with many countries, and currently possesses huge plans to export nuclear technology. Given the current situation of Japan, where people continue to suffer from the unfolding disaster in the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, it is embarrassing that Japan that has experienced the accident and disastrous consequences of this technology is thoughtlessly exporting nuclear technology to other countries.

The Japan-India Nuclear Cooperation Agreement has multiple unacceptable implications. India possesses nuclear weapons, and had tested them twice without joining the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT). Conclusion of the Japan-India Nuclear Cooperation Agreement would be a de-facto legitimization of India’s nuclear arms. Furthermore, Japanese supply of nuclear technology will boost India`s nuclear arsenal as India would use imported reactors and fuel for its civilian reactors and its domestic uranium reserves would be entirely free for weapons production. It implies that by concluding this treaty, Japan would effectively be participating in India’s nuclear weapons program.

If we allow this agreement to be concluded, it would be a sin not only against Hibakushas who survived the a-bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki but would also undermine Japan`s role in the world for global nuclear disarmament.

Prime Minister Abe, you are traveling all over the world as an ambassador of the nuclear industry. Export of nuclear technology is the key for Japan’s economic revival in your worldview. You have the penchant for lecturing to the world about the lessons learned from Fukushima and Japan’s responsibility to provide safe nuclear power plants. However, if there is any lesson to be learned from Fukushima, it is not to continue with the oxymoron of nuclear safety but for detailed and immediate evacuation plans in Japan. We believe that our primary responsibility is to demonstrate that we can create the world without nuclear power, not to act under pressure from pro-nuke countries like U.S. and France. The lucrative nuclear market in India cannot be allowed to undermine these principles.

Prime Minister Modi, the Indian government has announced that the effects of Fukushima nuclear accident are not “really crucial.” Please visit Fukushima while you are in Japan, and see how people are suffering, see for yourself how this ongoing nuclear accident continues to destroy lives. If you can put yourself in the survivors’ shoes, you will give up your plan to promote more nuclear power. Invoking Fukushima is a cruel joke if you cannot stand on the side of the Fukushima survivors

We request both the Prime Ministers to stop any further discussion on the Japan-India Nuclear Cooperation Agreement, and withdraw from the negotiations. In the post-Fukushima world, it would be more prudent to discuss about creating a future without nuclear weapons and nuclear power out of pure human concerns is totally unacceptable.

SIGN NOW

Why We’re Marching September 21, 2014

By Michael Mariotte

Nuclear-Free, Carbon-Free protestors at the July 29 EPA hearing on its Clean Power Plan in Atlanta.

Nuclear-Free, Carbon-Free protestors at the July 29 EPA hearing on its Clean Power Plan in Atlanta.

Here at NIRS we’re already in crazy mode organizing and mobilizing for the Nuclear-Free, Carbon-Free Contingent to the People’s Climate March in New York City on September 21, 2014.

This is the largest public event organizing effort we’ve undertaken in quite a long time–and we think it will have a huge payoff by making a large, visible, vibrant public statement that that the climate crisis must be addressed now, that nuclear power is no solution to global warming, that a nuclear-free, carbon-free energy future is an absolute necessity for our nation and our planet.

Today we released a statement of the Contingent, titled Why We’re Marching on September 21, 2014. You can read it below, and you can download a pdf copy for printing and distributing in your community here.

At the kickoff People’s Climate March press conference in NYC last week.

We also released a list of the initial, and fast-growing, organizational endorsers of the Contingent. This morning there were 38, at this writing there are 41. Endorsers include NIRS, of course, as well as Physicians for Social Responsibility, Musicians United for Safe Energy, and grassroots groups from around the country (and world). If your organization would like to endorse, send an e-mail with your name, organization name, city, state, and country (if outside the U.S.) to nirsnet@nirs.org.

Here are a few useful websites for the Contingent and March:

*Contingent page on NIRS’ website: http://www.nirs.org/climatemarch/climatemarchhome.htm

*Contingent hub on the People’s Climate March website: http://peoplesclimate.org/nonuclearpower/

*Facebook group page for the nuclear-free, carbon-free contingent: https://www.facebook.com/groups/nukefreeclimatefreemarch/

*Contingent page on tumblr: https://www.tumblr.com/blog/nirsclimatemarch

*To get on an email-list where you can post and will get organizing emails:
https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/nfcf-climate-march

*To join grassroots planning/organizing calls for the Contingent, held every other Tuesday (next one is Tuesday, August 12, 2014) at 8 pm Eastern time, contact nirsnet@nirs.org.

PEOPLE’S CLIMATE MARCH

STATEMENT OF NUCLEAR-FREE, CARBON-FREE CONTINGENT

WHY WE ARE MARCHING ON SEPTEMBER 21, 2014

The climate crisis is the defining issue of our time. It poses an existential threat to life on Earth in a manner civilization never before has faced. Immediate action is necessary to slash climate-changing emissions in all sectors of society.

On September 21, 2014, the Nuclear-Free, Carbon-Free Contingent will join the historic People’s Climate March in New York City to demand immediate action from all of the governments of the world.

The solutions to the climate crisis are not difficult to identify. A nuclear-free, carbon-free energy system is a necessity. It is an energy system that relies not on antiquated energy models of the 20th century and their polluting nuclear power and fossil fuel technologies, but on the safe, clean, affordable and sustainable renewable energy, energy efficiency, and modern grid technologies of the 21st century.

Nuclear power in particular cannot solve the climate crisis. Indeed, its continued use exacerbates the problem by preventing the deployment of clean energy systems.

Among a myriad of other problems, nuclear power is:

*Too dangerous: expanded use of nuclear power would inevitably lead to more Fukushimas and Chernobyls. New reactor designs exist only on paper, have their own safety problems, and cannot be brought to the commercial marketplace in time to have a meaningful impact on climate change. The technology and materials needed to generate nuclear energy can be diverted to nuclear weapons programs.
*Too dirty: nuclear reactors and the nuclear fuel chain produce vast amounts of lethal radioactive waste, which grow whenever nuclear power is used. The nuclear fuel chain is responsible for far more carbon emissions than renewable energy generation and improved energy efficiency. All reactors routinely emit toxic radiation–”the U.S. National Academy of Sciences has confirmed that there is no “safe” level of radiation exposure.
*Too expensive: nuclear power is the costliest means possible of reducing carbon and methane emissions; its use crowds out investment in clean energy sources.
*Too slow: use of nuclear power to reduce fossil fuel emissions would require an unprecedented nuclear construction program, beyond the capability of the world’s manufacturers within an acceptable time frame.

Clean energy, including solar, wind, appropriately-sited geothermal, increased energy efficiency, distributed generation, electricity storage and other advanced technologies can meet the world’s electricity needs without radiation releases, carbon and methane emissions and other pollutants.

All that is lacking is the political will to rapidly deploy these clean technologies. On September 21, we march to break the gridlock and demonstrate to the world that this will exists.

Michael Mariotte

August 4, 2014

Read more here: http://safeenergy.org/2014/08/04/why-were-marching/

Category: nukes and climate, Nuclear-Free Carbon-Free Contingent, People’s Climate March

C.A.N. Rallies Anti-Nuclear Groups

PEOPLE’S CLIMATE MARCH • New York City • September 20-21, 2014

Coalition Against Nukes Climate Change Convergence NYC March/Rally Sept 20-21, 2014C.A.N. calls for all environmental, health & safety, labor & civil rights organizations to come clean! and recognize that nuclear power is an integral part of the global climate change crisis: the King C.O.N.G (Coal•Oil•Nuclear•Gas) of climate change disruptors throughout the world!

Today the Coalition Against Nukes joins the effort of Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS) who will over the next few weeks rally thousands of anti-nuclear activists from around the country to join the PEOPLE’S CLIMATE CHANGE RALLY, in New York City, September 20-21, 2014. The People’s Climate March, supported by 350.org, The Sierra Club and sponsored by a coalition of over 325 environmental, labor, and civil rights organizations, will take place in advance of the UN Climate Summit on September 23rd and will call for immediate action on climate, economic and health issues.

C.A.N.’s goal in joining the march is to permanently remove the myths that nuclear energy is in any way “clean, green or sustainable” and to insist that at least one anti-nuclear speaker be scheduled to address this and be included in all future climate change rallies. C.A.N. founder Priscilla Star said, “It is critically necessary for the climate movement to understand that nuclear energy production is neither clean nor green, so we must all be there to spread this awareness. We are supporting the NIRS initiative to network and coordinate a large, vocal anti-nuclear presence at the People’s Climate March in NYC, Sept 20-21, 2014. Please join us!”

According to NIRS President Michael Mariotte, “We have put out the call to all anti-nuclear groups to take part in this historic demonstration. We need to make it clear that nuclear power is not the solution to climate change, that in fact it’s counter-productive. Our future is nuclear-free and carbon-free, and the faster we get there the better for our planet. We want to have the largest, most visible ‘nukes can’t save the climate’ presence at this event possible to get this crucial point across.”

Among the unexamined issues regarding the enormous, hidden carbon footprint created by nuclear power:

• Creation of nuclear fuel requires that uranium be mined, milled, converted to yellowcake, enriched, formed into fuel pellets – all processes which require tremendous amounts of energy as well as carbon-intensive fossil fuels used to transport the radioactive material between facilities.

• Nuclear power plant construction takes years, using steel and concrete – both requiring carbon-intensive production — and fossil fuel-powered heavy construction equipment.

• Radioactive waste from used fuel rods and decommissioned reactors remains deadly for tens of thousands of years, requiring carbon-intensive cooling and safe storage as well as energy resources to monitor the waste virtually into eternity.

For more information download these fact sheets:
Nuclear power can’t stop climate change
Nuclear Power’s Carbon Footprint

Dr. Margaret Flowers, a pediatrician and Secretary of Health for the Green Shadow Cabinet said, “It is imperative for the health of our population and the planet that we move rapidly to a carbon-free nuclear-free energy economy. Nuclear power is far from being clean.”

To get involved, ask to join the conversation with C.A.N.’s Facebook Group.

3.11 Third Anniversary of Fukushima Nuclear Accident, Events and Actions Worldwide

3-11 Laguna BeachThank all members who selflessly organized 3/11 awareness events around the world and for all the time and attention you invested to make those events outstanding and inspiring.

We are so proud to know you and be a part of this global family. ♥

Report-backs on many events showing up now at http://fukushimathirdanniversaryevents.blogspot.com.

International Events Listing for 3.11 Third Anniversary March 2014

Buddhist March for PeaceTo see the complete listing of international events visit 3.11 Third Anniversary of Fukushima Nuclear Accident Events and Actions Worldwide.

The meltdowns at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station occurred three years ago on March 11, 2011. The ongoing nuclear catastrophe continues to this day.  For three years TEPCO has been bungling the remediation effort while the life and health of everyone on this planet has been seriously threatened by the uncontained release of radiation, especially in Japan.

It’s going to go on for decades, if not centuries more.  Right now Daiichi is in a state of collapse from every angle: infrastructure weakened, manpower shortages, cooling systems deteriorating, lethally radioactive water storage leaks, contaminated groundwater rising to the surface, electrical systems highly vulnerable, all of this at risk of a major earthquake taking it out entirely.

In spite of all this, the PM is energetically pushing nuclear technology to India, Korea, Turkey and Vietnam. Japan’s new Secrecy Law could make it a crime to investigate nuclear issues; and the harassment and jailing of Japanese anti-nuclear activists must stop!

Tepco’s poisoning of the Pacific is studied the world over except for the U.S. and Japan. Most of us have no illusion that the water is safe and that the marine products are safe. We’re giving up fish- BUT WE’RE NOT GIVING UP THE FIGHT TO FIX FUKUSHIMA and EVACUATE THE CHILDREN!!

We are taking to the streets to demand action. Not weak assurances of safety or outright lies. We want results. Here are a selection of events planned for 3.11 2014 that will bring your voice to the fore, that will let your concerns be heard, that will strengthen your heart, and your resolve.  There’s no turning back; Fukushima is Here.

March 11, 2014 is important; for one day we become one with Japan.

If you would like your event listed here, send the event info to info@fukushimaresponsebayarea,  so it can added.

NO NUKES ACTIONS NYC 2014: Fukushima to Indian Point – We’re All Connected

3.11 No Nukes Action group are organizing two actions for the 3rd Anniversary of 3.11 Fukushima Nuclear Disaster.

No Nukes Fuk3 NYC eventsTUE. MARCH 11TH 3:30PM
CONSULATE OF JAPAN 299 PARK AVE. (@ 49TH ST.)

3:30PM DEMO & PRESS CONFERENCE
4:00PM LETTER DELIVERY TO THE JAPANESE GOVERNMENT
4:30PM MARCH TO TIMES SQUARE

SAT. MARCH 15TH 1PM
UNION SQUARE (14TH ST & BROADWAY)

1PM SPEECH & BALLOON MAKING
2PM MARCH TO TOMPKINS SQ.

MUSIC BY: RUDE MECHANICAL ORCHESTRA

March 11th 2014 marks the third year anniversary since the beginning of Fukushima Nuclear Disaster in March 2011. This disaster was caused by not only the massive earthquake and tsunami, but the human error and irresponsibility of the state, nuclear industry and their supporters who prioritize profit over people. Countless issues remain unresolved at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, as well as in the surrounding areas with high levels of radioactivity. The radiation from the coast of Fukushima is also contaminating the Pacific Ocean, reminding us that we are all connected by the sea. Fukushima leaves us an overwhelming question; are there any safe places, food or water left for us, or for future generations?

We New Yorkers also live next to Indian Point Energy Center’s two nuclear reactors, sitting right on Hudson River, 25 miles north of NYC. The utility owner Entergy is still operating the power plant, which releases radioactivity 24/7. Indian Point is on an earthquake fault line and one of the reactor’s operating license has just expired in 2013. At any nuclear power plants, danger is inherent and accidents will happen. While we observe an increasing number of natural disasters affecting our city, it’s no longer a question of if, but when Indian Point suffers an accident. And what about the massive amounts of radioactive waste? United States currently has no long-term solution for the highly radioactive nuclear waste being generated every day at over 100 nuclear reactors throughout the country.

We will not forget Fukushima.

Let’s connect and stand with the people in Japan and elsewhere struggling with the consequence of nuclear production.
Join us & Take action!

Organized by the members of: Brooklyn for Peace, Eco-Logic (WBAI-FM), Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition (IPSEC), Shut Down Indian Point Now!, The Manhattan Project, Todos Somos Japon

For more details visit the source: 3.11 NO-NUKES ACTION NYC

Nationwide protest vigils to oppose Keystone XL

Stop the Keystone XL Pipeline

This is an all-hands-on-deck moment in the fight to get President Obama to reject Keystone XL.

Now that the State Department has released its [sham] final environmental analysis, the decision will soon be in the president’s hands.

We know that the pipeline fails the climate test he set. But whether or not he stands up to the oil industry and rejects it will depend on what we do in the next few months.

That’s why on MONDAY, Feb 3, we are joining with CREDO, the Sierra Club, Rainforest Action Network and other groups to organize nationwide protest vigils to send a clear and urgent message: Keystone XL is a climate disaster, and President Obama must reject it.

Click here to RSVP for a vigil in your community (or host your own, if there isn’t already one near you.)

What: Tell President Obama to reject Keystone XL

Where: Your community

When: Monday, February 3, 6 pm.

In this moment, it’s especially important that we come out of the gate with a strong message to the president.

That’s why we need thousands of people, in hundred of communities around the country, to come together on DAY and show that we are prepared to hold the president to his commitment to take action on climate, and reject the Keystone XL pipeline.

RSVP now for a protest vigil in your community on DAY evening.

Thanks for speaking out in this important moment.

If there aren’t any vigils in your community, it’s easy to host one! We’ll invite others to your action, and make sure you have everything you need to make it a success. Even just a handful of people coming together will send a powerful message.

Find an action, or host one in your community.

GROUPS LAUNCH TWO NATIONAL CAMPAIGNS

For Immediate Release: January 23, 2014

GROUPS LAUNCH  TWO NATIONAL CAMPAIGNS

HIGH BURNUP NUCLEAR FUEL: Pushing the Safety Envelope
and
MAKE RADIATION VISIBLE

Organizations from across the country are kicking off two campaigns in Washington DC this week, calling on congress and regulatory agencies to address growing nuclear power hazards: the dangers of hotter-than-ever radioactive waste being generated in US nuclear reactors, and the routine, invisible-yet-harmful radioactivity released from every nuclear power reactor.

The first, HIGH BURNUP NUCLEAR FUEL: Pushing the Safety Envelope, led by Dr. Marvin Resnikoff of Radioactive Waste Management Associates [VT], a renowned radioactive waste specialist and nuclear physicist, will bring awareness to the extra-hazardous high level radioactive waste referred to as High Burnup Fuel (HBF) – nuclear fuel that is used for longer than originally designed for and which has led to fuel failures and leaks in nuclear plants across the country and even greater storage and transport challenges. Resnikoff cautions that the policy of burning fuels longer to improve profits was accepted by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) without adequate scientific evaluation or public knowledge. The consequences include zirconium fuel cladding corrosion in storage pools and dry storage casks. He cautions the continuance of this policy may be endangering public safety. ‘Burning’ longer in the reactors means the nuclear fuel becomes even more adioactive, as much as doubling its heat and radioactivity. The group declares nuclear fuel casings were not designed for this added stress. The resulting corrosion and cracks are allowing leaks and putting citizens at reactors and along transportation routes at risk. Dr. Resnikoff says, “My concern is the NRC is running an experiment in the field, increasing the transportation and disposal risk.”

The second campaign calls for steps to MAKE RADIATION VISIBLE. A group of concerned citizens in the Tennessee Valley, Mothers Against Tennessee River Radiation (MATRR), is proposing a plan to reveal these invisible toxins. First, they call on the NRC to upgrade monitoring rules, replacing outdated quarterly averaging currently reported only once a year with real-time online data about radiation levels around nuclear power plants. Second, just like odor markers for natural gas and propane, they call for florescent dyes to be dispersed with emergency radiation plumes, providing immediate warning about where the radioactive releases are traveling – which could be a critical life-saver for the public and first-responders. Third, they call for public health alerts when these known carcinogens and mutagens are released into the environment. Says the MATRR group’s co-founder, Gretel Johnston, “We have weather alerts, smog alerts, and even pollen alerts – why not radioactivity alerts when these poisons are both routinely and accidentally released into our air and water? We are alerted to other hazardous substance spills, why not radiation alerts?”

The committee was organized by long-time nuclear activists Gene Stone, founder of Residents Organized For a Safe Environment (ROSE), and Priscilla Star, founder of Coalition Against Nukes. Among the groups meeting with NRC Commissioners, EPA radiation specialists, and other government officials this week are the Coalition to Decommission San Onofre, Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, the Bellefonte Efficiency and Sustainability Team / Mothers Against Tennessee River Radiation (BEST/MATRR), and Nuclear Information and Resource Service.

See enclosed Factsheets:
HBFfactsheet01-09-2014.pdf and MakeRadiationVisible.pdf

Links for more information:

  • ResidentsOrganizedForASafeEnvironment.wordpress.com
  • CoalitionAgainstNukes.org
  • IPSECinfo.org
  • Clearwater.org
  • www.nirs.org
  • SanOnofreSafety.org
  • www.MATRR.org
  • www.rwma.com

25th January 2014: National day of protest against India-Japan nuclear agreement

25th January 2014: national day of protest against India-Japan nuclear agreement

Solidarity statement

To the attention of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the people of India,

The Coalition Against Nukes stands in solidarity with the people of India to send a clear message to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan and the nuclear industry. Your nuclear technologies are NOT welcome in India and they are not welcome anywhere.

As citizens of the world we demand an end to the export of nuclear technologies that are spreading cancer and death, contaminating our air and land, and polluting our waters. We instead call for an international cooperation to transform our energy practices into renewable, safe and non polluting technologies. We are tired of our governments acting as front people for the global nuclear mafia and will only intensify our peaceful resistance to these practices.

We are united across borders and continue to grow. We will no longer allow Democracy to be held hostage by the monied interests of your nuclear sponsors. We demand that you represent the interests of the people.

Yours in urgency,

The Coalition Against Nukes