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Tuesday
Oct182011

Fukushima Meltdown, the book, available at Amazon Kindle

An English translation of veteran anti-nuke writer Hirose Takashi’s Japanese best seller, Fukushima Meltdown: The World’s First Earthquake-Tsunami-Nuclear Disaster is now available at Amazon Kindle Books. We are not going to learn what happened at Fukushima by reading the mainstream media, or by studying the pronouncements of the Japanese Government and TEPCO.  For people who want to know what went wrong at Fukushima, what went haywire with the media, and what is likely to happen next in earthquake-prone Japan, this is a must read.

Tuesday
Oct182011

A reminder that reactors harm animals too, every day

This is a video made by Beyond Nuclear's Paul and Linda Gunter in 2001 when they were with NIRS, and in partnership with the Humane Society of the United States. It accompanies our report of the same name found here. Sadly, it is not out of date.

Monday
Oct172011

Lessons of Nuclear Power & the Media, S.F. University, 12/3/2011

At the request of Japanese anti-nuclear colleagues, Beyond Nuclear is proud to endorse "The Lessons Of Nuclear Power And The Media", to be held December 3, 2011, from 10 AM to 4PM at Burk Hall 28 at San Francisco University (1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco) in California.

After 7 months, Japan keeps failing to stop the radioactive releases from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Why do we risk similar catastrophes in the US? Why did Japan build 54 reactors, and why do we have 104 operating in the US? Where do we dump radioactive wastes? What do we know about this nuke-industrial complex, and how are people fighting against it in Fukushima, Pan-Asia, California and New York? This educational conference will examine the Fukushima nuclear melt-downs, the role of the media in its coverage of this catastrophe, how this crisis has affected the development of nuclear power, and the education of the public about the industry.

Guest speakers will include Anthony J. Hall (Globalization Studies, University of Lethbridge), Barbara George (Marine Clean Energy), Seungkoo Choi (Christian Network for Nuke-Free Earth), Steve Zeltzer (Labor Video Project), and Yuko Tonohira (Todos Somos Japon).

The event is organized by the No Nukes Action Committee, and supported by the California Nuclear Free Coalition. Endorsers also include Beyond Nuclear, Japan Multicultural Relief Fund, San Francisco Peace and Freedom Party, Shut Down Indian Point Now!, TalkNukes, Todos Somos Japon, and Tri-Valley CARES.

For information, call (415)867-0628 or Email 311bayarea@gmail.com or lvpsf@igc.org

Please spread the word about the event! Print out the flyer now! 

Thursday
Oct132011

Support Fukushima mothers! Stop the spread of contamination

Please visit this link to support all mothers in Japan who are fighting everyday to protect their children from radiation. Help answer this call for help from Tomoi Zeimer (pictured with her husband) and from our Japanese colleagues.

FACT1 : The Japanese government's radiation policy is to "spread it out and thin it out". Contaminated Rubble will come to be burned and dumped into Tokyo Bay at the end of OCT, 2011. http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/news/20110929p2a00m0na010000c.html FACT 2 : Japanese people have not been informed about the risk they are forced to take, rather they have been told it is safe. We need the whole WORLD to stand up! This letter will go to the Japanese government and media outlets in Japan. We will keep sending letters until we get major media coverage in Japan. October 27th, 2011 is the first close date for this online petition! Updates about this petition will be made available at www.oneworldnonukes.org. Thank you for supporting mothers and children and people in Japan! Sincerely yours, Tomoi Zeimer.

Tomoi Zeimer was born and raised in OSAKA Japan, lives in NY with her husband and one year old daughter. Her two sisters in Japan are fighting everyday to protect their children from radiation with other many mothers. www.oneworldnonukes.org - created by NY based Japanese artists who are despairing and feel strongly about doing something for their country and beyond.

Wednesday
Oct122011

German Federal Environment Agency head says Vermont's time to go beyond nuclear is now

Jochen Flasbarth, president of the German Federal Environment Agency, met with government officials, the public and the media, and spoke at the Renewable Energy Vermont conference, on a visit this week to Vermont arranged by Beyond Nuclear and the Heinich Böll Foundation. Events in Brattleboro, Montpelier and Burlington were organized by local groups – Safe and Green Campaign, Citizen’s Awareness Network, Vermont Yankee Decommissioning Alliance and VPIRG. Flasbarth ,encouraged citizens and state government leaders to keep up their effort to permanently shut down the dangerous Vermont Yankee nuclear power station in March 2012. Germany is phasing out nuclear power by 2022, cutting carbon emissions and creating more renewable energy jobs in the process. 

Flasbarth urged Vermonters to strengthen their feed-in tariff (Germany’s is open to all, large and small), but was encouraged by the Vermont plan to achieve 90% renewable energy by 2050, similar to Germany’s goal.  Because of Germany's feed-in tariff program, 50% of all renewable energy supplied to the grid comes from farmers, home-owners and local cooperatives, Flasbarth said, with the remaining 50% from bigger commercial projects.

Flasbarth also affirmed that Germany has suffered no power shortages since shuttering the eight oldest of its 17 nuclear reactors after the Fukushima accident (the rest will be phased out by 2022) and supported efforts in the state to close Vermont Yankee on time in March 2012. He pointed out that renewable energy has created 370,000 jobs already in Germany (compared to 30,000 in the nuclear sector), including during the economic crisis. Nor have Germany’s carbon emissions increased since shutting its reactors because of the European carbon cap in the power sector. In fact, Germany continues to be a net exporter of electricity. An economist by training, Flasbarth also described how his agency’s analysis demonstrated that manufacture and implementation of renewable energy supply will be a boon to the Germany economy and that all political parties in Germany, including the most conservative, agree that there is no going back to nuclear if Germany wishes to remain a “modern” state with a vibrant economy. (Photo: VTD/Josh Larkin).