REMINDER: TOMORROW (FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11) IS
DON'T NUKE THE CLIMATE CALL-IN DAY
CALL BOTH YOUR SENATORS: 202-224-3121
December 10, 2009
Just a reminder: in solidarity with activists in Copenhagen working to keep nuclear power out of any climate agreement--just as nuclear was rejected in 2000--tomorrow is Don't Nuke the Climate Call-In Day.
Please take a few moments to call both your Senators at 202-224-3121 and demand that they oppose any effort to add nuclear subsidies to the Senate climate bill.
Just a couple hours ago, Sens. Kerry, Graham and Lieberman scheduled a news conference for 2 pm today to announce the outlines of a new climate bill. We don't yet know what they're going to say but it's not likely to be good: expect plenty of proposed support for the nuclear power industry.
That makes it all the more important for everyone's voice to be heard tomorrow.
And, if you haven't sent a letter to your Senators and President Obama in the past week, please do so here now. More than 4700 letters already have gone in--thanks to all of you who sent your letter! But that means a lot of you haven't yet sent a letter, and we need to be as vocal as possible right now: we can--and must--do a lot better.
Organizations: please forward this Alert and/or this link to your e-mail lists: http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5502/t/5846/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=2303
Individuals, please do the same: forward this message or the same link to your friends, family, and colleagues.
A few talking points:
*There are many cheaper, faster, safer and cleaner alternatives to nuclear power to reduce carbon emissions. We need to have the strongest possible energy efficiency and renewable energy programs before Congress even considers spending taxpayer dollars on new reactor construction. A nuclear-free, carbon-free energy future can be achieved before mid-century. See www.carbonfreenuclearfree.org.
*The environmental movement continues to oppose new reactors as a means of addressing the climate crisis. More than 850 organizations have signed a statement saying so. Full list at www.nirs.org.
*Nuclear reactors, including the designs being considered for new construction, remain dirty and dangerous. Every reactor releases radiation into our air and water on a routine basis--even though the National Academy of Sciences has determined there is no safe level of radiation exposure (Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation, July 2005).
*Two of the prominent reactor designs being considered--the Westinghouse AP 1000 and the Areva EPR--both have received serious regulatory scrutiny in the U.S. and abroad in the past two months because of major design deficiencies that would adversely affect safety. See, for example, this letter from environmental groups on the AP 1000, and this one on the EPR.
*The risks to taxpayers of billions of dollars in loan guarantees for new reactor construction are just too great: such a program would simply be another bailout for a failed industry that can't make it on its own. Read an excellent piece published today by Mother Jones here.
As a little inspiration, here is a link to a thought-provoking essay by Mike Tidwell from Sunday's Washington Post. Mike is with Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN), which works closely with us in the effort to stop UniStar Nuclear's proposed Calvert Cliffs-3 reactor in Maryland. Very briefly, he argues we must turn our attention away from "going green," toward engaging in meaningful political action now.
And that's exactly what we're urging you to do now: take meaningful action. Call your Senators tomorrow (and if you can't on Friday, do it on Saturday!). 202-224-3121. Oppose the Kerry/Graham/Lieberman nuclear bailout. Fight for real climate solutions, not big energy industry bailouts.
And send your letters to your Senators and President Obama today.
Finally, for a little more inspiration, here are photos showing some of the banger-hangings and other actions of the activists in Copenhagen; we hope this page will be updated regularly.
By the way, we're not going to send you another reminder tomorrow. We'll be at the Department of Energy tomorrow morning with several other Washington groups, performing a "Christmas Peril" street theater featuring Montgomery Burns from The Simpsons; the three ghosts of Christmas; the sun, the wind, and more.
And then at noon, I will be in the U.S. Capitol Building debating the Nuclear Energy Institute on nuclear power and climate for an audience of Congressional staffers. It would be great if every one of them had heard from you before the debate!
Please support us tomorrow. Call your Senators tomorrow; write them today.
Thanks for all you do,
Nuclear Information and Resource Service
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