The Future of Energy …

… could mean many things. In this case, it means a documentary film, a little over an hour in length, which the Alliance to Halt Fermi 3 recommends highly. It’s not about nuclear energy. It’s about the possibility of replacing nuclear energy – and fossil fuel energy – with clean, safe and affordable renewable energy. You can watch it, for free, right here. Continue reading “The Future of Energy …”

Presidential Candidates on Nuclear Power

As a 501C3 organization, ATHF3 is not going to endorse a presidential candidate, or any sort of candidate for office. That doesn’t mean we can’t tell you about those candidates’ positions on the issue of nuclear power.

Donald Trump, Republican Party; from http://dailycaller.com/2016/02/20/heres-where-the-2016-candidates-stand-on-nuclear-power/

The real estate mogul has made strong public statements supporting nuclear power, but tends to favor further development of natural gas.

In the aftermath of the 2011 Japan Fukushima nuclear disaster, Trump told Fox News “nuclear is a way we get what we have to get, which is energy.”
“I’m in favor of nuclear energy, very strongly in favor of nuclear energy,” Trump said. “If a plane goes down people keep flying. If you get into an auto crash people keep driving.”

The permitting process for nuclear power needs to be reformed, Trump explained. He qualified this statement saying “we have to be careful” because nuclear power “does have issues.” Trump specified that he favored the development of natural gas over nuclear energy in the same interview: “we’re the Saudi Arabia times 100 of natural gas, but we don’t use it.”

Hillary Clinton, Democratic Party; from http://www.vox.com/2016/5/9/11548354/hillary-clintons-climate-and-energy-policies-explained

Another area where Clinton differs from Sanders is on the question of what to do with existing nuclear power plants. Sanders wants to deny their applications for renewed permits and let them shut down according to their original schedules. Clinton wants to keep them running.

“Existing nuclear power plants don’t just provide 20 percent of all electricity generation [in the US],” Houser [one of the campaign’s lead energy wonks] says, “they still provide 60 percent of all zero carbon power generation in the country.” Hitting America’s international climate targets, he says, in part means ensuring that “those existing nuclear power plants that are safe to operate stay online.”

Clinton also wants to increase investment in advanced nuclear power.

Bernie Sanders, Democratic Party; from http://feelthebern.org/bernie-sanders-on-energy-policy/

Bernie has called for a moratorium on nuclear power plant license renewals in the United States. He believes that solar, wind, geothermal power, and energy efficiency are more cost-effective than nuclear plants, and that the toxic waste byproducts of nuclear plants are not worth the risks of the technology’s benefit. Ever the financial watchdog, Bernie has also questioned why the federal government invests billions into federal subsidies for the nuclear industry.

Jill Stein, Green Party; from http://www.ontheissues.org/2016/Jill_Stein_Energy_+_Oil.htm

Q: Should the US replace oil & coal with alternatives?
A: Yes, but those alternatives should be renewable clean energy, not nuclear. Nuclear energy is dirty, dangerous and expensive, and should be precluded on all of those counts. The Fukushima [nuclear disaster] is the ongoing example. There is no safe nuclear energy. You can put in in someone else’s backyard or even on the other side of the world–but we’re all endangered by it. And we don’t need it: Renewables are less expensive. Nuclear power would never survive on a free open market. It can only survive with tens of billions $of taxpayer loan guarantees.

Gary Johnson, Libertarian Party; from http://www.ontheissues.org/Gary_Johnson.htm

We learn he “supports nuclear power” (in 2011).

From https://garyjohnson2016.com/issues/, the word “nuclear” does not appear. Apparently, he does not consider it to be much of an issue.

There are, at this time additional people seeking the nomination of the Green Party, and there are others seeking the nomination of the Libertarian Party. I believe the people chosen as examples are likely to be the actual nominees, and in any case I hope the examples given are sufficiently representative of their parties.

Art Myatt

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Chernobyl + 30: Half-Lives, Half-Truths

April 26, 2016

 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
 
CONTACTS:
 
Keith Gunter, Co-Chair, Alliance To Halt Fermi-3 (ATHF3)
(734) 838-8084
 
Carol Izant, Co-Chair, Alliance To Halt Fermi-3 (ATHF3)
(248) 930-3173
 
 
     On this 30th anniversary of the onset of the Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe, the Alliance To Halt Fermi-3 (ATHF3), in association with the Swords Into Plowshares Peace Center and Gallery (33 East Adams, Detroit, MI) is proud to announce the opening of “Chernobyl + 30:  Half-Lives, Half-Truths” by photojournalist Gabriela Bulisova. The display will begin on Friday, May 27th, 2016 from 6 PM until 9 PM and extend into Summer 2016.
 
     Ms. Bulisova traveled to the region in the 2000’s and captured startling images of Chernobyl landscapes and the affected population.  Her artist statement and captions, coupled with the photos, reflect the story not only of an environmental and human health disaster, but also of a monstrous event resulting in an enormous psychological toll on millions of people.
 
     “Alliance To Halt Fermi-3 is profoundly grateful to the Swords Into Plowshares Peace Center and Gallery for giving us the opportunity to display Gabriela Bulisova’s extremely powerful work,” said Keith Gunter, Co-Chair of ATHF3.  “This will be a tremendous opportunity for Detroiters to have a long look at what the after effects of a nuclear meltdown look like.”
 
     Carol Izant, the Alliance’s other Co-Chair, added “This exhibit should give residents of this area reason to pause and think, since a partial meltdown occurred at Detroit Edison’s Fermi-1 reactor on October 5, 1966.  We’ve already had our own close call.”
 
     Admission to the exhibit will be free, and will include a display addressing the situation at Chernobyl as it stands three decades later.  “Chernobyl + 30” will open simultaneously at the Gallery with another exhibit addressing the compelling issues surrounding drones.
 
                                        — 30 —

A Zombie Proposal in Michigan’s Legislature

The idea of “reprocessing” spent nuclear fuel has repeatedly been beaten to death in the United States, but its advocates keep trying to bring it back to life. Part of the latest attempt to animate this corpse is Michigan State Senate Resolution 164 of 2016. Continue reading “A Zombie Proposal in Michigan’s Legislature”

ATHF3 2015 Annual Report

(Originally published April 16, 2016 on https://athf3.wordpress.com/)

As the Alliance To Halt Fermi-3 (ATHF3) enters its fifth year in 2016, we look back to 2015 as a significant and pivotal time for our organization. Continue reading “ATHF3 2015 Annual Report”

Worry About Terrorists Much?

(Originally published March 28, 2016 on https://athf3.wordpress.com/)

If you do, you should consider how easy it would be for a small group to attack a nuclear power plant and cause a meltdown, and how horrible the consequences of that would be. Once you think of nearly 100 large reactors of the United States as nearly 100 targets, you see another reason to shut them all down before one of them shuts us down. Continue reading “Worry About Terrorists Much?”