The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has just approved construction and operating licenses for two new nuclear reactors in Georgia, the first U.S. approval of new nuclear power construction in 34 years.
Tell Congress and the President to block new nukes now.
The nuclear disaster at Fukushima, Japan, is ongoing -- and radioactive trash and water continue to spew into the environment. That's why the NRC chair, originally put on the commission by President Bush, opposed the new licenses. But he was outvoted, including by Democrats appointed by Obama. This should anger activists who helped elect President Obama.
In the last 34 years, the argument against nuclear power has only grown stronger -- given Chernobyl and other disasters, and great advances in wind and solar. Nukes are too expensive . . . and too risky. According to the NRC's own staff, the design approved for Georgia could produce a catastrophic core meltdown if hit by an airliner or earthquake. The marketplace so beloved in political rhetoric will neither fund nor insure nuclear plants. The Georgia nukes are subsidized by $8.3 billion in loan guarantees from federal taxpayers, who also subsidize insurance coverage for the private corporations that own and operate all U.S. nuclear plants.
Meanwhile, in European countries where the true costs of nukes are well-known, nuclear power is being phased out, especially after Fukushima.
Lets speak up so loudly that we cannot be ignored: No New Nukes!
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