No New Nukes

Nuclear power is neither safe nor clean. There is no such thing as a "safe" dose of radiation and just because nuclear pollution is invisible doesn't mean it's "clean."

Take action right now and tell the President that taxpayers should not take on the risk of building new nuclear plants.

The Danger

If a meltdown were to occur, the accident could kill and injure tens of thousands of people, leaving large regions uninhabitable. And, more than 50 years after splitting the first atom, science has yet to devise a method for adequately handling long lived radioactive wastes.

For years nuclear plants have been leaking radioactive waste from underground pipes and radioactive waste pools into the ground water at sites across the nation.

In addition to being extremely dangerous, the continued greenwashing of nuclear power from industry-backed lobbyists diverts investments away from clean, renewable sources of energy. In contrast to nuclear power, renewable energy is both clean and safe. Technically accessible renewable energy sources are capable of producing six times more energy than current global demand.

Exposing the Real Costs

If the nuclear industry and Wall Street financiers are unwilling to assume the economic risk of constructing new nuclear power plants, why should the American taxpayer?

The Department of Energy compared nuclear construction cost estimates to the actual final costs for 75 reactors. The original cost estimate was $45 billion. The actual cost was $145 billion! Forbes magazine recognized that this "failure of the U.S. nuclear power program ranks as the largest managerial disaster in business history, a disaster of monumental scale." Read more

Disarmament

The Cold War may be over, but this does not mean nuclear weapons have disappeared. Far from it: There are almost 36,000 nuclear weapons in the world, thousands on hair-trigger alert, with more than a third of them ready to launch at a moment's notice, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Over 400 reactors in warships and nuclear submarines are still circling the globe. Read more

Safety and Security

From the dawn of the nuclear age, it has been recognized that nuclear power and nuclear weapons are inextricably linked. The spread of nuclear technology and ultimately nuclear weapons undermines our national security and the security of the planet. Add to that the very real risks of nuclear meltdown. If a meltdown were to occur, the accident could kill and injure tens of thousands of people, leaving large regions uninhabitable. Read more

Nuclear Victories

Greenpeace has been shouting about nuclear dangers for nearly forty years, beginning on September 15, 1971, when the Greenpeace founders protested U.S. nuclear testing. Since then we have campaigned against both nuclear weapons and nuclear power by bearing witness in test zones, supplying scientific research and by conducting direct non-violent actions to call attention to the problem. Read more

The latest updates

 

VIDEOS: Five Fukushima survivors tell their stories

Blog by Jason Schwartz | March 11, 2014

In February, Greenpeace International sent a delegation from a number of countries to tour Fukushima prefecture and meet with survivors of the Fukushima Disaster. We profiled five of the people we met. You can read about them in depth here. Below...

Today is the 3rd Anniversary of the Fukushima Disaster

Blog by Jason Schwartz | March 11, 2014

Today marks a tragic day, not just in Japanese history, but in the history of the world. Three years ago, an earthquake caused a massive tsunami that killed more than 18,000 people and displaced hundreds of thousands more. The tsunami also...

Fukushima: We must not forget!

Blog by Dr. Rianne Teule | March 11, 2014

This post originally appeared on the blog of Greenpeace International “Forgetting Fukushima makes it more likely that such a nuclear disaster could happen elsewhere,” said Mrs Tatsuko Okawara, one of the hundreds of thousands of victims of the...

2011: Thanks for an Amazing Year of Victories for the Planet

Blog by chris eaton | December 22, 2011

With the nuclear catastrophe at Fukushima and the rising challenge of climate change, 2011 might seem like a dark year for the environment. Yet this year also gave me a lot of hope. The growing power of grassroots activists has...

Redefining “Cold shutdown” doesn’t hide the truth about Fukushima

Blog by Justin McKeating | December 20, 2011

A satellite image shows damage at Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant In Fukushima Prefecture after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami (© DigitalGlobe) The Japanese authorities stated last Friday that Fukushima is in a state of "cold...

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