Deutsche Bank: solar has already won

renewablesgraphFor the past year, it’s been clear that the world’s major investment banks–or at least their analysts–already have decided that our energy future is renewable, and that nuclear power and fossil fuels are on their way out.  Continue reading

Watch it. Take action. Share it.

re_safety (0-00-24-13)It’s been more than a year in the making and sometimes it felt like the project might never be finished. But here we are.

Today, NIRS, Friends of the Earth, Sierra Club, Public Citizen and Greenpeace released our first major video–one we hope you’ll help us take viral. It’s at www.makenuclearhistory.org and tells a tale of two energy futures: one, down the track that Exelon, Entergy, Duke and the rest of the nation’s nuclear utilities would take us that would continue reliance on dirty and dangerous nuclear power and fossil fuels. The second energy future describes a safe, clean and affordable nuclear-free, carbon-free energy system powered by renewables and 21st century technology.

nu_safety 2 (0-02-47-15)In short, the video is exactly what GreenWorld has been about since our beginning in January 2014. But it tells the story in a way that may be much more accessible to the general public.

As the makenuclearhistory.org website explains, “There is a better way. There is a way to power our lives without fossil fuels. There is a solution to climate change without nuclear energy. There is a future where we can solve the climate crisis and power our lives from 100 percent renewable sources and energy efficiency. Now is the time to create our fossil and nuclear-free future … A fossil and nuclear-free future powered by renewable sources is possible and the transition is happening now. The benefits of clean, affordable and renewable energy compared with the dirty, expensive legacy of fossil fuels and nuclear reactors are obvious.”

After the video, there are several actions you can take now to help bring us closer to the clean, sustainable energy future and, as time goes on, we’ll be adding more actions you can do.

Watch it. Take Action. And please share it with everyone you know.

Michael Mariotte

March 4, 2015

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Exelon’s nuclear bailout dream scheme

Exelon has threatened to close its GE Mark I reactors at Quad Cities. Yes, they're uneconomic, but they're not safe either. Exelon should make good on its threat; instead it's seeking a massive ratepayer bailout.

Exelon has threatened to close its GE Mark I reactors at Quad Cities. Yes, they’re uneconomic, but they’re not safe either. Exelon should make good on its threat; instead it’s seeking a massive ratepayer bailout to keep them open.

After a year of making us wait with bated breath, last week Exelon unveiled its proposals for the energy future. And man, is it anti-climactic. And anti-CLIMATIC, actually. The long and the short of it is that Exelon is proposing that the state of Illinois and energy regulators at every level create new ways to subsidize the company’s old nuclear plants, to the tune of a billion dollars a year or more, while undermining real climate solutions. This is exactly what we expected all along, but until this week, Exelon had talked mostly in platitudes about how “under-valued” its nuclear gems are by “dysfunctional” markets and “unfair” renewable energy programs. Well, now the cards are on the table and we know what Exelon thinks it will take to stop the nuclear industry from backsliding into an economic phaseout. Continue reading

Exelon unveils its nuke bailout plan

Exelon's allegedly uneconomic Byron reactors.  Photo from wikipedia.

Exelon’s allegedly uneconomic Byron reactors. Photo from wikipedia.

After more than a year of laying the groundwork–well-documented in these pages–Exelon yesterday finally unveiled its plan to force ratepayers to bail out its allegedly uneconomic nuclear reactors at Quad Cities, Clinton and Byron.

It’s a legislative proposal that runs about 100 pages, but can be summarized this way: Exelon wants to set up a new “low-carbon” energy standard that would include nuclear power, “clean” coal and renewables. Ratepayers would have to pay a surcharge to accommodate this standard. And Exelon’s proposal would rig the rules so that its aging, expensive reactors would reap most–and probably all–of the benefit. After all, “clean” coal doesn’t exist and Exelon’s approach would actually prevent renewables from receiving much, if any, of the surcharge. Continue reading

NEI’s pitiful plea to Wall Street

NEI to Wall Street: Nothing to learn from here; let's move along now.

NEI to Wall Street: Nothing to learn from here; let’s move along now.

Pity those poor, sensitive souls at the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) and Exelon’s Nuclear Matters astroturf group. It seems that some people don’t like them, and aren’t afraid to say so. And it’s hurting their feelings.

That’s the message NEI CEO Marvin Fertel sent to Wall Street this week during its annual briefing to the investment community.  Continue reading

How rooftop solar can prevent the apocalypse

Our 20th century electric grid is more vulnerable to attack than you might think. And the results of attack could be catastrophic.

Our 20th century electric grid is more vulnerable to attack than you might think. And the results of attack could be catastrophic.

I’m not normally interested in doomsday scenarios. The idea that Fukushima is some sort of “extinction-level” event (whatever that means) or is ending life in the Pacific Ocean, as I’ve seen people say on social media, is simply contradicted by the facts and the reality that the Pacific Ocean is a really big place. Dilution is never a solution for pollution–it doesn’t get rid of toxins like Cesium-137–but it does spread them out a lot. Continue reading

WCS wants Texas to be nation’s radwaste dumping ground

The existing "low-level" radioactive waste section of the massive WCS radioactive/hazardous waste dump site.

The existing “low-level” radioactive waste section of the massive WCS radioactive/hazardous waste dump site.

Waste Control Specialists (WCS) yesterday announced a proposal for it to set up an “interim” storage site for the nation’s high-level radioactive waste at its existing “low-level” radwaste and hazardous waste site in Andrews County, Texas, a stone’s throw from New Mexico.

Guess Andrews County has given up on the tourist trade.

Not the New Mexico is much better. The proposed radwaste storage site would be next door to Urenco’s uranium enrichment plant, officially in Eunice, but a strong one-iron shot from WCS. Continue reading