Climate Change

Nuclear power is counterproductive to efforts to address climate change effectively and in time. Funding diverted to new nuclear power plants deprives real climate change solutions like solar, wind and geothermal energy of essential resources.



JOIN NIRS, Beyond Nuclear, and the Nuclear-Free, Carbon-Free Contingent's mobilization for Climate Justice!

Action alert from Tim Judson, NIRS executive director:

Dear friend,

It's time to break out your marching shoes!  On April 29th, NIRS and the Nuclear-Free, Carbon-Free Contingent will join the People’s Climate March in Washington, DC, to demand immediate action from the US government and all of the governments of the world. We are marching for a 100% renewable, nuclear-free, carbon-free world.

The solutions to the climate crisis are clear: A rapid, just transition to a nuclear-free, carbon-free, 100% renewable energy system. It is an energy system that doesn't rely 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 smart technologies of the 21st Century.

Nuclear power in particular cannot solve the climate crisis, JOIN US as we let the US government know!  Indeed, its continued use exacerbates global warming by preventing the deployment of clean energy systems.

Among a myriad of other problems, nuclear power is also rooted in environmental injustice and human rights violations.  First Nations, people of color, and low-income communities are targeted for uranium mining and radioactive waste. Radiation harms women and girls at twice the rate as their male counterparts. And radioactive pollution indiscriminately harms future generations, poisoning the environment for hundreds to thousands of years.

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

Please join us in organizing for the People’s Climate March, and in marching for a vision of a clean, safe, just CARBON-FREE and NUCLEAR-FREE world. 

Thanks for all you do!

Tim Judson
Executive Director



The climate crisis is the defining issue of our time.  Immediate action is necessary to slash climate-changing emissions in all sectors of society.


Senator Markey Applauds U.S. Investment in Green Climate Fund

As posted on the website of U.S. Senator Ed Markey (D-MA):

Responding to the State Department’s announcement of $500 million for the Green Climate Fund that helps poor countries respond to the impacts of climate change, Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Environment and Public Works Committee, today released the following statement. 

“I applaud Secretary Kerry's announcement of additional U.S resources for the Green Climate Fund. This innovative fund is making investments that will leverage climate-smart development and help protect people and the planet. Since the administration of President George W. Bush, America has worked with countries around the world to support economic development that also helps address the dangerous impacts of climate change.

"Whether President-elect Trump and his nominees are willing to admit it, climate change directly impacts our national security and our economy. From America to Zimbabwe, the impacts of climate change are already devastating people around the world, especially the poorest. Working together with other countries to implement global solutions to global warming will continue U.S. leadership and ensure that all countries are doing their fair share to combat the problem."


Beyond Nuclear on Radio EcoShock re: Mobile Chernobyls & parking lot dumps

Host Alex Smith of Radio EcoShock interviewed Beyond Nuclear's Radioactive Waste Specialist, Kevin Kamps, re: the proposal for so-called "centralized interim storage" of commercial irradiated nuclear fuel at Waste Control Specialists, LLC (WCS) in Andrews County, Texas. Listen to the interview from the 32:00 minute to 52:15 minute mark in the recording.

(Please note this correction: The plutonium-contaminated waste barrel burst at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico occurred on Valentine's Day, 2014, not 2012.)

(Re: climate change...Smith interviews U.K. professor Kevin Anderson before that, regarding the danger of counting on yet-to-be-developed technologies for reducing global warming gases in the atmosphere, in current plans to avert climate catastrophe. Smith and Anderson compare and contrast the technological hubris of such optimistic assumptions in the climate realm, with that of the nuclear power industry and its unsolved radioactive waste problem.

Then, in the last segment of the program, Smith discusses Robert Mercer, a billionaire climate denier who donated more campaign contributions towards Donald J. Trump's successful bid for the White House than any other single individual.)


Sierra Club National Board director Dr. Michael Dorsey in the WSJ: "NO: Nuclear Isn’t Clean—or Cheap"

Nuclear power is fizzling.

So begins a Wall Street Journal op-ed debate entitled "Is Nuclear Power Vital to Hitting CO2 Emissions Targets?"

Dr. Michael Dorsey, a director on the Sierra Club National Board, contributed the anti-nuclear, "NO: Nuclear Isn’t Clean—or Cheap."

Susan Tierney provided the pro-nuclear contribution, "YES: Renewables Can't Fill the Gap Yet." Although Tierney is described as "a senior adviser at the Analysis Group, an economic, financial and strategic consulting firm," what's not explicitly mentioned is that Tierney has served as a paid consultant and expert witness for numerous nuclear power utilities. This is clearly evident in her CV.


New Study Shows How Clinging to Nuclear Power Means Climate Failure

A sign held at an anti-nuclear demonstration in Germany. (Photo: Michaela/flickr/cc)An article by Andrea Germanos, subtitled "By suppressing better ways to meet climate goals, evidence suggests entrenched commitments to nuclear power may actually be counterproductive," has just been published at Common Dreams.

It reports:

"Looked at on its own, nuclear power is sometimes noisily propounded as an attractive response to climate change," said Andy Stirling, professor of science and technology policy at the University of Sussex, in a media statement. "Yet if alternative options are rigorously compared, questions are raised about cost-effectiveness, timeliness, safety, and security."

"Looking in detail at historic trends and current patterns in Europe, this paper substantiates further doubts," he continued. "By suppressing better ways to meet climate goals, evidence suggests entrenched commitments to nuclear power may actually be counterproductive," he said.