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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

 

Expanded Fukushima radiation monitoring team back in the field

Blog by Andrew Davies | April 4, 2011 3 comments

Two Greenpeace radiation monitoring teams are now hard at work outside the Fukushima evacuation zone: one investigating health threats and testing food and milk, while the other is looking at surface contamination.   Still no...

There Is No Safe Dose of Radiation

Blog by Jarred Cobb | April 4, 2011 5 comments

I move between states of shock and awe at the disaster unfolding at the Fukushima nuclear reactors. The pictures from the reactor site are terrifying, and the stories of heroism by the workers racing to contain a full-scale...

Photo of the Month - Simple Is Best

Blog by bmeyers | March 31, 2011 2 comments

Simpler is better. This photo taken in Hong Kong by Clement Tang for Greenpeace shows a candlelight vigil for the people of Japan suffering the impacts of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster. The focus is on the...

Obama's Energy Speech Disaster

Blog by Christine Irvine | March 30, 2011 2 comments

Fears of increased radiation levels continue at Fukushima. Greenpeace's team on the ground in Japan have found dangerous radiation levels outside the evacuation zone ordered by authorities. Our thoughts remain with the Japanese...

Shut down dangerous old nuclear reactors

Blog by Jarred Cobb | March 24, 2011 5 comments

The news from Japan is heartbreaking.  I can think of no other words to describe it.  The havoc wreaked by the earthquake and tsunamis is devastating, but I'm amazed by the resolve the Japanese people have shown in this time of crisis.

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