2009/05/29: Send a message: Don't nuke Wisconsin's climate

We urgently need your help to maintain reasonable restrictions on nuclear power in Wisconsin. Learn more and sign our petition here 

 

Wisconsin has wisely had a state law in place since 1984 that prohibits the construction of new nuclear reactors unless two conditions are met
  1. There is a federally-licensed facility to dispose of high-level radioactive waste from the reactors, and

  2.  The Public Service Commission makes a finding that nuclear power makes economic sense. 

The nuclear industry, using concerns over global climate change, is trying to resurrect itself as a viable option, calling nuclear energy a “clean” solution.  The Governor’s Task Force on Global Warming, as part of a long list of recommendations, has proposed relaxing the law on nuclear reactors and eliminating the requirement that the waste disposal problem be solved. 

To license more reactors to produce more deadly radioactive waste without any way to dispose of it is not only irresponsible.  It is unconscionable. 

Sign HERE to stop that from happening. 

The waste generated by the reactors is so deadly that the Environmental Protection Agency has issued rules requiring that it be kept out of the environment and away from humans for up to a million years!  To put that into perspective, 15,000 years ago Wisconsin was covered by glaciers. 

Opening Wisconsin to more nuclear plants could have another dangerous side effect – increasing federal pressure to select our state as the repository for the nation’s radioactive waste, in the granite formations in central and northern Wisconsin. 

Nuclear power has never made economic sense, despite rosy predictions.  No new nuclear plants are being built because the economic risks are too high. That's why the nuclear industry keeps looking for billions of dollars in taxpayer subsidy.

Act now!  Sign this petition! Tell the governor and legislators there are far better ways to fight global warming than risking the safety and economic well-being of Wisconsinites by opening the door to more nuclear reactors.  

 

Thank you, 

Chamomile Nusz and Bill Christofferson, co-chairs, Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice.

 

PS:     Please forward this to your personal e-mail list and ask your friends to join us in stopping this newest threat to our environment, our safety, and our pocketbooks.  And please print out and circulate this paper petition, too.

 

More on the nuclear issue:

Letter from WNPJ co-chairs to governor and legislature:  Don't relax nuclear plant rules. News release.

Coalition of 12 public interest groups urges governor and legislature to oppose nuclear power. Letter.

A Wis. Public Interest Research Group (WISPIRG) Report: The High Cost of Nuclear Power

An op ed: Don't ignore two big drawbacks to nuke power by Pam Kleiss, Physicians for Social Responsibility

An op ed by WISPIRG's Bruce Speight: Nuclear power is too costly.

An op ed: Nuclear power still doesn't make sense by WNPJ co-chair Bill Christofferson

Download a free book:  Carbon-Free and Nuclear-Free: A Roadmap for U.S. Energy Policy

Sierra Club's Shahla Werner op-ed: Nuclear energy too risky when efficiency works

Green Bay Press Gazette: Climate crisis will not be solved by nuclear power By Bill Christofferson

Xoff Blog:   Nuclear industry targeting Wisconsin.

PR Watch:The campaign to repeal the nuclear moratorium

John LaForge (of Nukewatch) column: The toll of Three Mile Island 

Op ed column by Al Gedicks of Wisconsin Resources Protection Council,  Nuclear myths are challenged. 

Video:   A debate on nuclear power