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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

 

Greenpeace: Economic Stimulus Means More Jobs and a Cleaner Environment

Media release | February 11, 2009 at 18:00

In response to the conference report on the economic stimulus bill expected to be voted on in the House and Senate today, Steven Biel, Greenpeace USA Global Warming Campaign Director and Jim Riccio, Greenpeace USA Nuclear Policy Analyst, issued...

GREENPEACE STATEMENT ON McCAIN-LIEBERMAN CLIMATE CHANGE LEGISLATION INTRODUCED TODAY

Media release | January 11, 2007 at 18:00

“While this shows that the center of gravity in Congress is shifting toward significant long-term reductions in global warming pollution, the target reductions fall very short of what scientists tell us is actually necessary to avoid catastrophic...

Nearly Two Hundred 'Near Misses' Have Occurred at U.S. Nuclear Plants Since 1986

Media release | April 23, 2006 at 18:00

Two days prior to the 20th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, Greenpeace released the first analysis of the dangers posed by nuclear reactors in the United States in report entitled An American Chernobyl: Nuclear “Near Misses” at U.S.

U.S. Shipment of Weapons-grade Plutonium to France Must be Halted in Aftermath of...

Media release | September 13, 2004 at 18:00

In response to an accident in France's Cadarache plutonium fuel plant, Greenpeace has called on the Department of Energy to immediately halt plans to ship 300 pounds of weapons-grade plutonium to the facility. Two nuclear transport vessels now...

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