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Thursday
Nov162017

Nuclear industry rhetoric as bankrupt is as its finances so they've gone bananas

In Counterpunch today, our article about the lame attempts by nuclear propagandists at the COP23 in Bonn to sell nuclear by dissing bananas. Seriously. Here's our intro. Then read more.

"We’ve heard this nonsense before, of course — that bananas are a teensy bit too radioactive for comfort. So if you eat a banana a day, (or live in Denver, or fly in an airplane, or salt your food with Morton’s), then you are a high-risk taker who would be far safer just living contentedly next door to a nuclear power plant. We debunked these false arguments in our 2013 report, Pandora’s False Promises (see page 30 for bananas.)

At the Cop23 Climate Talks currently underway in Bonn, a group calling itself Nuclear for Climate, wants you to slip on their false banana propaganda and fall for their nonsensically unscientific notion that bananas are actually more dangerous than nuclear power plants! I am not making this up. Here is the picture.

The oxymoronic Nuclear for Climate people are handing out bananas complete with a sticker that reads: “This normal, every day banana is more radioactive than living near a nuclear power plant for one year.”

We’ve long contended that these pro-nuclear front groups treat the public like readily dupable dunderheads. We’ll sell you a logical lie, they say, and then you’ll believe in nuclear power, and climate change will be solved! (Comfortingly, perhaps, if this is all they’ve got, then the industry rhetoric is now on a par with its finances: in full bankruptcy.)" Read the rest of the article.

Wednesday
Nov152017

Trying to temper the Trump trigger finger

November 14 hearings called by Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chair, Bob Corker (R-TN) around President Trump’s ability to launch an unprovoked nuclear attack, failed to get consensus or a resolution. The hearings were prompted by Senator Ed Markey’s (D-MA) Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act (S.200). A similar bill has been introduced in the U.S. House by Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA). Markey called the hearings a start but added:  “I don’t think that the assurances that I’ve received today will be satisfying to the American people. I think they can still realize that Donald Trump can launch nuclear codes just as easily as he can use his Twitter account.” General C. Robert Kehler, Dr. Peter Feaver and the Honorable Brian McKeon testified against rewriting laws to restrain a president and suggested a chain of command would review any presidential strike order and could advise against carrying it out or even refuse to do so. But as several Democrats noted, President Trump has shown little inclination to take advice and has effectively surrounded himself with individuals who would not offer “real resistance.” Watch the full hearings.

Tuesday
Nov142017

Special Report: Revolt at Trump’s Pro-Coal, Pro-Nuclear & Pro-Gas Panel Rocks U.N. Climate Summit

Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now!As reported by Democracy Now!

The Trump administration, which has decided to make the United States the only country in the world to not subscribe to the Paris Climate Agreement, met with fierce and impassioned resistance at the UN Council of Parties (COP23) climate gathering in Bonn, Germany.

As Democracy Now! reports:

Democracy Now! was there when activists and Democratic lawmakers at the U.N. climate summit in Bonn, Germany, staged a full-fledged revolt Monday when the Trump administration made its official debut at this year’s conference with a forum pushing coal, gas and nuclear power. The presentation was entitled “The Role of Cleaner and More Efficient Fossil Fuels and Nuclear Power in Climate Mitigation.” The panel was the only official appearance by the U.S. delegation during this year’s U.N. climate summit. Of the four corporate representatives pushing nuclear, gas and coal, Lenka Kollar of NuScale Power and Amos Hochstein of Tellurian told Amy Goodman that they disagreed with Trump’s decision to pull the U.S. out of the climate agreement.

The reason that the nuclear power industry supports the Paris climate agreement is that it would like to sell its snake oil to the world as the supposed solution to the very real problem. But IEER showed clearly 11 years ago, nuclear power is not the answer (the very title of Beyond Nuclear founding president Helen Caldicott's 2006 book). IEER also showed, a decade ago, that efficiency and renewables are the answer--and Germany, for one, the fourth largest economy in the world, is following that carbon-free, nuclear-free roadmap!

Wednesday
Nov082017

Help block destructive uranium mine on Australian traditional lands

In January 2017, the Barnett government in Western Australia approved the Yeelirrie uranium mine against advice from the Environmental Protection Authority and against the wishes of Aboriginal traditional owners. The decision, if the mine goes ahead, would cause the extinction of multiple species of subterranean fauna. Three strong Tjiwarl Aboriginal women are challenging this decision in the Supreme Court of Western Australia.  Allowing entire species to be lost forever would set a dangerous precedent for our environmental laws. It must be challenged. Please support the communities challenging this catastrophic project. Nuclear-Free Western Australia is appealing for support to fund their Supreme Court challenge. More
Friday
Oct272017

The Iran Agreement is working. Now the Senate must protect it.

The Iran nuclear deal is working and a majority of Americans support it (see diagram above.) In a nutshell, the landmark 2015 framework agreement, forged between Iran and the U.S., U.K., Russia, France, China, Germany and the European Union, effectively ensured that Iran will not make nuclear weapons. It is verifiable, and inspections confirm that Iran is not in violation. 

But President Trump wants to decertify this deal and now a dangerous piece of legislation from 

Republican Senators Tom Cotton and Bob Corker could dismantle the Iran deal and put us on a dangerous path towards war. (How dangerous is Tom Cotton? Read about him on The Intercept. 

It will take 60 Senate votes to dismantle the Iran deal. We have less than 60 days to stop this madness. Please call your senators today and ask them to stand up for peace and security and oppose the dreadful Cotton-Corker amendment. Let your senators know that:

-> Iran is in full compliance with the agreement. This has been verified by the IAEA.

-> If the U.S. unilaterally walks away from this deal it will isolate the U.S. internationally, as none of the other signatory countries agree with decertification.

-> The  deal’s “sunset” clauses 8-10 years out will sunset immediately and Iran will make nuclear weapons.

-> A new Iran deal is a fantasy. Instead, there will be a nuclearized Iran, a much bigger threat to Middle East stability than a non-nuclear Iran.

-> If the U.S. unilaterally changes the Iran deal, that will signal to North Korea that the U.S. cannot be trusted to keep its agreements and seriously undermines any effort to prevent a conflict on the Korean Peninsula.

-> Decertifying the Iran deal plays into Russia’s hands, strengthening their alliances inside Iran and creating the rift it seeks between Europe and the U.S.

Please act now. We must protect this important agreement. Click here to reach your senators by phone or here to send an email.

And use the hashtag #SaveTheIranDeal everywhere on social media. Our elected officials need to know there is a groundswell of opposition to undoing this agreement. Keep the #SaveTheIranDeal conversation going!

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