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Tuesday
Sep152009

Fears in Europe that U.S. could weaken Copenhagen agreement

Fears are being expressed in Europe that the U.S. could weaken a climate agreement that urgently needs to be made this December in Copenhagen, The Guardian newspaper reports. Despite a commitment to addressing climate change by the Obama administration, European sources told the Guardian that the Obama position on climate would be based on "anxiety about its ability to get a new global treaty ratified in the US Senate." This makes actions we take here to pass a strong climate bill all the more important and we urge you to contact your senator and insist that he or she not approve federal loan guarantees for nuclear energy in the climate bill, money that will detract from funding real and urgently needed sustainable energy climate solutions.

Friday
Sep112009

Look for Beyond Nuclear in The Nation this week!

Please check out this coming week's copy of The Nation (dated September 28) for our full page ad (featuring Ed Asner), and our special remit envelope. Please use the envelope - or go to our Take Action item on the left of your screen - to sign our letter to President Obama, urging him to oppose funding for nuclear energy in the upcoming Senate Climate bill. Federal loan guarantees for nuclear energy would force taxpayers to shoulder the debt for new reactors which are too expensive, too slow and too dangerous to address climate change.

Friday
Sep112009

Beyond Nuclear slams Entergy Nuclear CEO’s compensation as needed safety fixes go undone at Palisades reactor


In light of important revelations made by the Brattleboro Reformer, Beyond Nuclear issued a press release contrasting Entergy Nuclear CEO J. Wayne Leonard's exorbitant compensation package with long delayed, and even cancelled, vital safety repairs needed at Entergy's Palisades nuclear power plant in Michigan.

Thursday
Sep102009

The challenge is on as Boxer confirms funding for nuclear in Senate climate bill

Efforts by all of us will need to escalate over the coming weeks after Senate Environment and Public Works Chairwoman, Barbara Boxer (D-CA), confirmed September 9 that the Senate climate bill will include a section dedicated to incentives for the nuclear power industry. Groups including Beyond Nuclear, along with individual activists around the country, have been working hard to keep nuclear funding out of the Senate climate legislation. Please continue to contact your Senator and let him or her know that diverting funding to the already sated nuclear industry will starve real climate change solutions like renewable energy and energy efficiency condemning the measures in the bill to failure.

Thursday
Sep102009

Sign your group onto revised "Principles for Safeguarding Nuclear Waste at Reactors"!

In response to the nuclear power establishment's current push to revive commercial high-level radioactive waste reprocessing in the U.S. for the first time in 37 years, Beyond Nuclear and Physicians for Social Responsibility have revised and updated the 2006 "Principles for Safeguarding Nuclear Waste at Reactors." Beyond Nuclear and PSR recently invited organizations to sign the revised Principles. Please sign your group onto these revised Principles as soon as possible by emailing Morgan Pinnell at PSR, mpinnell@psr.org. Individuals can help by sharing this alert with groups they are associated with, as well as contacting their own U.S. Senators and Representative, to urge "hardened on-site storage" as an interim alternative to such high-risk proposals as commercial reprocessing. (Image from Dr. Gordon Thompson's 2003 report, "Robust Storage of Spent Nuclear Fuel: A Neglected Issue of Homeland Security," commissioned by Citizens Awareness Network).