For 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
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.
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.
March 4, 2015
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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
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
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
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
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