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April 18, 2012 3:38 pm
Support Indian Protestors; Stop Kudankulam reactors
Date: Fri, 23 Mar 2012 16:03:29 -0400 (EDT)
From: Nuclear Information and Resource Service <nirsnet@nirs.org>
Subject: Support Indian Protestors; Stop Kudankulam reactors

SUPPORT INDIAN PROTESTORS!

CLOSE KUDANKULAM REACTORS—BEFORE THEY OPEN!


March 23, 2012

Dear Friends,

Dr. S.P. Udayakumar (Kumar to his friends, and I consider myself one of them) is a longtime leader in the peaceful resistance to nuclear power in India, as well as a leader in the NIRS/WISE international network. The Indian government has threatened to charge him with terrorism and “waging war” for his role in leading the nonviolent citizens movement against operation of the nearly-completed Kudankulam nuclear reactors in the Tamil Nadu section of southern India.

He is currently with 10,000 other people protesting near the reactor site. Some are on a hunger strike. Some 10,000 police have surrounded the protestors and reportedly are blocking the media from entering the area.

Dr. Udayakumar was able to get a moving letter to members of the NIRS/WISE network yesterday describing the current situation at the protest site. You can read it here, and also get links to TV interviews with him and other information.

Now he and other protest leaders are asking for international support. Let’s give it to them! Please help by sending a letter to top Indian officials, including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, here.

We’re demanding that the Kudankulam reactors be stopped, and that the protestors be left alone.

Our friends at DiaNuke.org have prepared a background paper (pdf file) on the Russian-made Kudankulam reactors and the long struggle to stop them—a struggle that has intensified greatly since Fukushima.

Earlier today, for example, at least 500 people, including local political leaders—some reports say as many as 3,000—were arrested in an attempt to march to the protest site.

Another attempt by more protestors to reach the site will be made Monday.

We are calling on every one of you, from every country, to act now to support these protesters and help stop these most dangerous Kudankulam reactors now, before they can begin operation.
March 21, 2012 11:29 am
Jon Stewart’s ‘Daily Show’ Goes Nuclear With Power-Industry Ads

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” is going nuclear.

The Nuclear Energy Institute, representing companies including Entergy Corp. (ETR) and Southern Co. (SO), will use the Emmy- award winning Comedy Central show starting today for an advertising campaign showing the value of atomic power a year after the triple meltdown at Japan’s Fukushima Dai-Ichi plant.

Jon Stewart during a taping of “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” in New York on Nov. 30, 2011. Photographer: Brad Barket/AP Photo

The industry wants “to reach some of the younger audience that are helping to shape policy,” Scott Peterson, the Washington-based industry group’s senior vice president for communications, told reporters on a conference call yesterday.

NEI will double its annual advertising spending on the campaign, Peterson said, without providing specific figures. The ads will appear in the next six months in such outlets as the Washington Post, the Economist, Bloomberg Businessweek, and on “NBC Nightly News With Brian Williams,” the network’s “Meet the Press,” National Public Radio and Facebook.

The NEI is joining other industry groups, such as the American Petroleum Institute, that are seeking to reach policymakers in an election year where energy policy has become a central theme. A glut of cheap natural gas has discouraged investment in other sources of electricity, and the average retail price of gasoline for the week ended March 16 reached $3.87 a gallon, the Energy Department said.

API Commercials

API, which represents oil companies such as ConocoPhillips (COP) of Houston and Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM) of Irving, Texas, today plans to start a series of commercials aimed at encouraging President Barack Obama to take action to lower gas prices, Sabrina Fang, a spokeswoman for the group, said in an e-mail.

The oil group supports congressional approval of TransCanada Corp. (TRP)’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which the Obama administration has stalled pending completion of further environmental review early next year.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission two weeks ago issued its first orders in response to the Fukushima disaster and six weeks ago awarded Southern of Atlanta a permit to build reactors, ending a 30-year drought for new projects.

“Our goal is to communicate the overriding need for nuclear energy,” which provides about 20 percent of all electricity generated in the U.S., Peterson, of the NEI, said.

NEI spent $2.18 million on lobbying in 2011, up 29 percent from its expenditures in 2010, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Expenditures for 2012, released each quarter, aren’t available.

READ ENTIRE ARTICLE…

July 7, 2011 3:07 pm
France Becomes First Nation To Ban Fracking

France became the first nation to ban the use of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking in drilling for natural gas and oil on June 30 when French senators voted to ban the practice. Oil and gas companies operating in France with fracking permits will have them revoked according to the legislation passed by a 176 to 151 vote. The bill passed the National Assembly on June 21.

“We are at the end of a legislative marathon that stirred emotion from lawmakers and the public,” French Environment Minister Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet said late yesterday before the vote. Hydraulic fracturing will be illegal and parliament would have to vote for a new law to allow research using the technique, she said.

France’s fracking ban comes at the same time that the New Jersey State Senate voted to ban the practice, which contaminates drinking water. For a bit of more good news, North Carolina’s Governor Bev Perdue vetoed a state senate bill that would have allowed fracking in the state.

Jane Preyer, North Carolina’s director of the Environmental Defense Fund praised the veto in North Carolina. “The veto sends a clear signal to legislators that rolling back regulations that protect the state’s environment is not a viable business plan for economic recovery or the well being of North Carolina’s families,” she said.  “The veto sends the strong message that North Carolina puts out the welcome map to industries that both create good jobs and respect our natural resources. Hats off to Governor Perdue for the veto.”

Unfortunately, it looks like New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo is poised to lift the ban on fracking, the International Business Times (IBT) reports. The state issued new guidelines for fracking that will prohibit fracking in state parks and in the New York City and Syracuse watersheds.

New York State Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton, an opponent of fracking, said, “If hydrofracking is not safe in the New York City watershed it’s not safe in any watershed,” Lifton said. “There’s a tacit admission on the part of the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) that it is not safe and yet it is being allowed.”

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/france-becomes-first-nation-to-ban-fracking.html#ixzz1RReYNuh6

April 28, 2011 12:41 pm
davewebb530:

Rancho Seco #40 (shut down on June 5, 1989 by a citizen&#8217;s vote in Sacramento)

WE CAN DO THIS!!
We need to address the problems and dangers of Nuclear Energy. 
Plants can be closed!! Read this:
Nuclear Reactor Shutdown Vote 20 Years Ago Reverberates Today in Actions by 900 Mayors and Renewable Portfolio Standards in 2 Dozen States
“Shot Heard Round the World” Echoes in Strong Local, State Opposition Across U.S. to New Nuclear Reactors
June 5, 2009
Topic: Safe Energy, Nuclear Power
SACRAMENTO, CA. – June 5, 2009 –  Ahead of the 20th anniversary on Saturday of Sacramento voters going to the polls to shut down Rancho Seco, a nuclear reactor operated by the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) about 25 miles southeast of the city, organizers held a news conference today to mark the event.
In his remarks at the news conference, Scott Denman, former executive director of the national Safe Energy Communication Council, emphasized that votes against nuclear power continue to this day.  
Read entire article&#8230;
"The Power of People" is stronger than the people in power." ~ Wael Ghonim

davewebb530:

Rancho Seco #40 (shut down on June 5, 1989 by a citizen’s vote in Sacramento)

WE CAN DO THIS!!

We need to address the problems and dangers of Nuclear Energy. 

Plants can be closed!! Read this:

Nuclear Reactor Shutdown Vote 20 Years Ago Reverberates Today in Actions by 900 Mayors and Renewable Portfolio Standards in 2 Dozen States

“Shot Heard Round the World” Echoes in Strong Local, State Opposition Across U.S. to New Nuclear Reactors

June 5, 2009

Topic: Safe Energy, Nuclear Power

SACRAMENTO, CA. – June 5, 2009 – Ahead of the 20th anniversary on Saturday of Sacramento voters going to the polls to shut down Rancho Seco, a nuclear reactor operated by the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) about 25 miles southeast of the city, organizers held a news conference today to mark the event.

In his remarks at the news conference, Scott Denman, former executive director of the national Safe Energy Communication Council, emphasized that votes against nuclear power continue to this day.  

Read entire article…

"The Power of People" is stronger than the people in power."Wael Ghonim

April 12, 2011 7:37 pm
Humans with Nuclear Power are like Mickey with the Brooms in the Sorcerer&#8217;s Apprentice, except for one small fact — we don&#8217;t have a Sorcerer we can turn to who can undo our mistakes. 

Humans with Nuclear Power are like Mickey with the Brooms in the Sorcerer’s Apprentice, except for one small fact — we don’t have a Sorcerer we can turn to who can undo our mistakes. 

April 11, 2011 4:45 pm
Have you heard about this one week long, 3 million strong action, Aug 22-28, 2011 in DC?  If you have, please tell us what you know about this event.
I think it&#8217;s high time that the LEFT staged a SERIOUS MARCH!!!  Radiation in milk was found today in 13 more states.  Global Warming is turning the planet upside down.  The Republicans AREN&#8217;T &#8220;creating jobs&#8221; at all.  Instead they&#8217;ve decided that the &#8220;mandate&#8221; was to wage a war on children, women, the poor, and the aged&#8230;How does that create any more jobs?  And all their stupid cuts add up to nothing, it&#8217;s like lowering the deficit by a hair!!

WE have GOT TO DO WHAT WE CAN TO STOP THE MADNESS NOW&#8230;enough of these greedy jerk-offs with all the money getting to call all the shots for ALL THE PEOPLE on our ENTIRE PLANET!!
We need to speak out, NOW&#8230;before it&#8217;s too late - unless it already IS too late. Radiation in the milk means radiation in the crops, means radiation in every one of us. What about our future?

Have you heard about this one week long, 3 million strong action, Aug 22-28, 2011 in DC?  If you have, please tell us what you know about this event.

I think it’s high time that the LEFT staged a SERIOUS MARCH!!!  Radiation in milk was found today in 13 more states.  Global Warming is turning the planet upside down.  The Republicans AREN’T “creating jobs” at all.  Instead they’ve decided that the “mandate” was to wage a war on children, women, the poor, and the aged…How does that create any more jobs?  And all their stupid cuts add up to nothing, it’s like lowering the deficit by a hair!!

WE have GOT TO DO WHAT WE CAN TO STOP THE MADNESS NOW…enough of these greedy jerk-offs with all the money getting to call all the shots for ALL THE PEOPLE on our ENTIRE PLANET!!

We need to speak out, NOW…before it’s too late - unless it already IS too late. Radiation in the milk means radiation in the crops, means radiation in every one of us. What about our future?

March 12, 2011 10:23 am