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The Nuclear Retreat

We coined the term, "Nuclear Retreat" here at Beyond Nuclear to counter the nuclear industry's preposterous "nuclear renaissance" propaganda campaign. You've probably seen "Nuclear Retreat" picked up elsewhere and no wonder - the alleged nuclear revival so far looks more like a lot of running away. On this page we will keep tabs on every latest nuclear retreat as more and more proposed new nuclear programs are canceled.

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Monday
Mar012010

Vermont blocks federal relicensing of Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant

In a 26 to 4 vote in the Vermont  Senate, the state legislative body overwhelming decided on February 24, 2010 that a twenty-year license extension of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant is not in the best interest of "Green Mountain State."

Monday
Mar012010

Arizona Republican drops state bill to define nukes as "renewable"

On February 25, 2010. Arizona State Republican Debbi Lesko pulled her bill to define nuclear power as a "renewable" energy source . She had been criticized for drafting legislation that would have gutted a growing solar industry in one of the sunniest states in the United States.  

Friday
Feb262010

State legislature committee upholds ban on nuclear reactors in West Virginia

The Charleston NBC affiliate reports that the State of West Virginia Senate Judiciary Committee has killed for this year an attempt to overturn a 1996 state ban on the construction of atomic reactors in the state until the high-level radioactive waste problem has been solved.

Tuesday
Feb092010

Zero growth for nuclear energy

An excellent entry on New Energy News this week, pointing out the sham of the nuclear renaissance:

"In contrast, the nuclear energy industry keeps predicting a grand "renaissance" in which it recaptures its 1960s and 1970s glory. Yet its actual new installed capacity is virtually nonexistent and its existing facilities are wearing out and leaking. What new capacity is being built, largely in the developing world, is offset by the decommissioning of decaying plants. Except the piling up of radioactive waste, for which there is still no safe solution, anything increasing in the nuclear energy industry besides hype is getting progressively hard to find."

Monday
Feb012010

Nuclear Renaissance "A First Class Train Wreck"

Former NRC Commissioner Peter Bradford has recently called the nuclear "renaissance" at taxpayer expense "a first class train wreck." His recent op-ed to the Madison, Wisconsin Capital Times explains some of the reasons why.