Monday, July 31, 2017

SCANA, Santee Cooper pull plug on V.C. Summer !!!


As of April 2017, Construction at the V.C. Summer Nuclear Facility is 34 percent complete and billions of dollars over budget.

Efforts to build two state-of-the-art nuclear reactors at the V.C. Summer Nuclear Plant in Fairfield County have gone inert.
Citing escalating costs, uncertainty over tax credits and the amount of Toshiba's recent financial pledge, SCANA Corp., the majority partner at V.C. Summer, said in a statement it plans to file a notice of abandonment with state regulators.
The decision follows a similar by minority partner Santee Cooper to suspend construction efforts. Santee Cooper said doing so would save its customers $7 billion...

...Green groups opposed to V.C. Summer declared victory shortly after news the reactors would be abandoned became public.
“We applaud Santee Cooper and SCE&G for making the right decision to protect their customers," Stephen Smith, executive director of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, said in a statement.
"This project has been a multi-billion dollar disaster," Smith continued. "We also call on Georgia Power and their utility partners to protect their customers from the similarly risky, mismanaged project in Georgia at Southern Company’s Plant Vogtle.”
Representatives for Friends of the Earth, which has also called for a V.C. Summer shutdown, say consumers who helped pay for the reactors deserve refunds.
"The damage that this bungled project has caused to ratepayers and the state’s economy must be promptly addressed by SCE&G, Santee Cooper and regulators and all effort must be made to minimize that damage," Tom Clements, a senior advisor for Friends of the Earth, said in prepared comments.
"It’s time for money to be refunded as it was collected from them under the false pretense that advance payment for the nuclear project was sound," Clements said...
complete article: SCANA, Santee Cooper pull plug on V.C. Summer | News | aikenstandard.com

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Don't Let #DirtyEnergy Trump the #Climate | Crowdfunding and Petition





Help Us Mobilize to Save #CleanEnergy from Trump’s #DirtyEnergy Plan
The Trump administration is laying the groundwork for a massive dirty energy bailout to ensure America continues to rely on nuclear and coal for years to come. This is a fight for America’s clean energy future and everything that comes along with it--millions of good jobs, thriving communities, and safe, healthy food, air, and water. 
Despite renewable energy's benefits, President Trump is prioritizing coal and nuclear industries and their executives by funneling billions of dollars in subsidies to keep dirty, old, dangerous power plants going.

NIRS is organizing to stop them, and we need you to join us!  Over the next six months, we have to educate and mobilize the public across the country. It is going to take petitions, protests, and lots of grassroots organizing – and we have to start now.

If we can stop Trump’s Nuclear and Coal Bailout, more of the dirty radiation and soot factories will close, and demand for solar, wind, and other clean, safe, efficient, renewable energy sources will accelerate.

We’ve started this crowdfunding campaign to raise $40,000 to get this effort off the ground.  The good news is: Your donation will go twice as far toward making that happen. Another generous supporter is offering to match every dollar you contribute, so your support will be doubled. 
You might have already signed our petition against the Nuclear and Coal Bailout (if you haven’t, just click here)—that’s a great start!

But here’s the thing: we need to reach thousands more people, to make sure they know about Trump’s plans and can take action to stop it. We ask that you make a contribution to support the campaign, so we can reach more people like yourself. We also hope you will tell your friends about the petition, as well as this crowdfunding effort. 
The good news is, some generous donors have offered to match every donation, no matter how big or small, to help us get there. For every dollar you and your friends give, another donor will match it.

Thanks for taking the time to learn about our campaign and for whatever support you can give.

For a Nuclear-Free, Carbon-Free World!
The NIRS TeamJasmine Bright – Communications Specialist
Diane D’Arrigo – Radioactive Waste Project Director
Lyn Griffith Taylor – Energy Democracy Specialist
Denise Jakobsberg – Administrative Coordinator
Tim Judson – Executive Director
Mary Olson – Director, NIRS Southeast
Don't Let #DirtyEnergy Trump the Climate



Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Join Elizabeth Warren & Stop The GOP From Destroying Health Care



We need to defend the ACA from Republicans in Washington who want to sabotage health care for millions of Americans.

Add Your Name To Join The Fight

Join Elizabeth Warren & Stop The GOP From Destroying Health Care


Monday, July 17, 2017

Save Bristol Bay –Tell EPA that Bristol Bay is too special for Pebble Mine!




OFFICIAL EPA COMMENT PERIOD OPEN:
Tell them Bristol Bay is too special for Pebble Mine

petition: SIGN NOW


Action Alert
EPA COMMENT PERIOD OPEN: Tell them Bristol Bay, Alaska is too important to risk
The EPA is trying to pave the way for Pebble - a mining company that wants to build a massive open pit mine in Bristol Bay, Alaska near some of our nation's most precious waters. The agency has proposed to erase protections that over a million Americans supported.

Please add your voice to the official EPA comment period and, if you are in Alaska, tell your decision makers in Congress that Pebble Mine is the wrong mine, in the wrong place.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Save Bristol Bay – Tell EPA that Bristol Bay is too special for Pebble Mine!




OFFICIAL EPA COMMENT PERIOD OPEN:
Tell them Bristol Bay is too special for Pebble Mine



Day of Action to Defend Net Neutrality Sweeps the Internet | Democracy Now! | PETITIONS



Nearly 70,000 websites and organizations are slated to take part in a massive day of action today aimed at saving net neutrality. Participating websites are displaying messages on their homepages and encouraging users to take action to save the internet as we know it. Supporters of the day of action include internet giants such as Twitter, Amazon, Facebook, Google and Reddit. Earlier this year, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai outlined his plan to dismantle net neutrality rules, despite polling that shows most Americans support a free and open internet. – Day of Action to Defend Net Neutrality Sweeps the Internet | Democracy Now!


PETITIONS – SIGN NOW: 

Join the Battle for Net Neutrality

Save The Open Internet - Internet Association


SEE ALSO:

More than 40 ISPs Across the Country Tell Chairman Pai to Not Repeal Network Neutrality and Maintain Title II Enforcement | Electronic Frontier Foundation




UN Passes Nuclear Weapons Ban Dr. Gordon Edwards on Canada’s Nuclear Waste Insanity – Nuclear Hotseat #316




Dr. Gordon Edwards on Canada's #ChalkRiver proposed/planned #Nuclear waste megadump upriver from Ottawa, Quebec drinking water supply. Heidi Hutner of Stony Brook calls #NuclearHotseat from inside the #UN minutes after passage of the Nuclear Weapons Ban! Historic audio! http://ow.ly/TnoJ30dywh6

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Amazonians at United Nations: Chinese Oil Company Will Cause Genocide | event in SF on July 14



May 1, 2017 (New York) – After marching with Leonardo DiCaprio in the Peoples’ Climate March on Saturday in Washington DC, Amazonian leaders headed to the United Nations today to denounce that the Chinese oil company Andes Petroleum will cause genocide against the Sapara Nation and uncontacted indigenous peoples if it drills in their ancestral territory in the Ecuadorian rainforest. “Andes Petroleum is posed to commit genocide against the Sapara People and the uncontacted peoples who are our neighbors.” declared Manari Ushigua, President of the Sapara Nation. “Andes Petroleum must cancel the contract immediately and Ecuador must desist from any other form of resources extraction because it threatens our survival.”
“Andes Petroleum will have the blood of my people on their hands if it does not stay out of my sacred rainforest,” said Gloria Ushigua, President of the Sapara Women’s Association Ashiñwaka.  Ms. Ushigua has received so many death threats for defending the Amazon from oil drilling that she recently threw away her cell phone…


more: Amazonians at United Nations Announce Chinese Oil Company Will Cause Genocide | Indigenous Environmental Network
EVENT in SF on 14 JULY – Defend the Sapara People | China out of the Amazon! Stop Oil Drilling in the Amazon « Keep It in the Ground INFO :::::: facebook.com/events/442120672822817/ Solidarity and Visibility Action and Letter Delivery Friday, July 14, 2017 • 8:30-9:30am Sharp! Chinese Consulate • 1450 Laguna St, (cross street Geary) San Francisco, CA 94115

Monday, June 12, 2017

Tell Congress to protect our public lands – #RESIST Trump's agenda



Resist Trump's Monumental Rollback



The threat to unravel protections for Utah’s Bears Ears National Monument is one step closer to reality. After a rushed review, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced he recommends eliminating protections for portions of Bears Ears.

An attack on one national monument is an attack on all of our public lands. If all areas in the current Bears Ears National Monument is no longer protected, what is fate of the 26 national monuments also under review, our national parks, our wildlife refuges, and other public lands and waters?

It’s clear that the Department of the Interior and the Trump administration have a common goal -- auctioning off our public lands and waters to those who put profits before our historical, cultural, and natural heritage. Now, Congress must step up to protect our special places.

Tell your members of Congress commit to protecting our public lands and waters for generations to come.

I am appalled by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s recommendation to eliminate protections for portions of Bears Ears Bears Ears National Monument. 
It’s clear that the Department of the Interior and the Trump administration have a common goal -- auctioning off our public lands and waters to those who put profits before our historical, cultural, and natural heritage. Now, I look to you to do what this administration will not -- to protect our special places for generations to come. 
 Even in the rush to open up our public lands to destruction, over a million people have weighed in with Secretary Zinke to tell him to keep our public lands in public hands and to protect them for future generations. I hope that you will listen to your constituents like me, and stand up for our special places.

For over a century, Congress has played an important role in safeguarding and preserving our lands, waters, and cultural and historical sites for all people to enjoy. This slow motion threat to America’s national parks, public lands and oceans could undo this work. 
After years of work by Tribal Nations  -- including the Hopi Tribe, Navajo Nation, Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, Pueblo of Zuni, and the Ute Indian Tribe -- and with overwhelming support by people across the country, Bears Ears National Monument became a reality. 
These lands are vital to tribal communities across the Colorado Plateau as a place of subsistence, spirituality, and healing. These lands are home to tens of thousands of important cultural sites, including the cliff dwellings, villages, and rock art panels of the Ancestral Puebloan people. We cannot turn our back on protecting invaluable places like this. 
Based on Interior Secretary Zinke’s recommendation for Bears Ears, the threat to protections for the 26 national monuments still under review by the DOI has never been more real. These are extraordinary places that showcase our country’s wide-ranging geography and cultural history. Spanning two oceans and 12 states, these national monuments feature ancient coral reefs, giant sequoias, expansive deserts, snow-capped mountains, breathtaking canyons, flower-filled plains, red rock wonders, and wild forests. 
Our national monuments tell the stories of cultures dating back millennia, continue to be a sacred place for many Native American Tribes, and offer people endless opportunities to experience the great outdoors. We cannot allow our public lands to be opened to development and changed forever. 
 Our parks, monuments, and other public lands define who we are as a nation. Please be a leader,  stand with the public, and protect our  public lands and waters.


Tell Congress to protect our public lands


MORE PETITIONS –

Make a public comment to protect national monuments from Trump! | Greenpeace

Bears Ears: We Must Protect This Spectacular, Sacred American Monument

Urge Secretary Zinke to Protect our National Monuments - Earthjustice




Monday, June 5, 2017

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6/11 SF Japan Consulate Speak-out :: Do Not Force The Families of Fukushima Back and Stop The Restarting of Japanese Nuclear Plants | No Nukes Action Committee


6/11 SF Japan Consulate Speak-out
Sunday April 11, 2016 3:00 PM
San Francisco Japanese Consulate
275 Battery St./California St.
San Francisco
The people of Fukushima and Japan continued to be threatened by the ongoing contamination of Fukushima and the Abe government restarting of nuclear plants. The government continues to pressure Fukushima families and their children to return to Fukushima or lose their subsidies. These government demands is harming the health and mental conditions of the Fukushima refugees who do not want to return. The government which now controls Tokyo Electric Power Company continues to use thousands of contract workers to supposedly decontaminate the plant and the thousands of acres surrounding the plant. These workers do not have proper health and safety protection and the government uses the Yakuza to recruit day laborers and workers from other countries. They are also demanding that other prefectures or states “recycle” 16 million cubic meters of contaminated radioactive soil in construction projects throughout the country despite the danger of expanding the contamination of the entire population…

more: 6/11 SF Japan Consulate Speak-Do Not Force The Families of Fukushima Back and Stop The Restarting of Japanese Nuclear Plants | No Nukes Action Committee

see also: "whats up" nuclear blog

Sunday, June 4, 2017

How Complaining Rewires Your Brain for Negativity & How to Stop




"…There’s something called 'experience-dependent neuroplasticity,' which is the continuing creation and grouping of neuron connections in our brains that take place as a result of our life experiences.

Neuroscience teaches us that neurons that fire together, wire together. Donald Hebb, a Canadian neuropsychologist, coined that phrase back in 1949. What this means is that whenever we think a thought or have a feeling or physical sensation, thousands of neurons are triggered and they all get together to form a neural network.


With repetitive thinking, the brain learns to trigger the same neurons each time.

So, if you keep your mind looping on self-criticism, worries, and how nothing is working out for you, your mind will more easily find that part of your brain and will quickly assist you in thinking those same thoughts again.
This shapes your mind into greater reactivity, making you more vulnerable to anxiety…"

more: How Complaining Rewires Your Brain for Negativity & How to Stop


Sunday, May 28, 2017

Stand with Nebraska against the Keystone XL - NRDC




The Trump administration gave the Keystone XL pipeline the green light, but the pipeline can't move forward without an approved route through the state of Nebraska. This disastrous tar sands pipeline poses a grave threat to our land, water, communities and climate — but the state of Nebraska has the power to stop it in its tracks. Stand with the people of Nebraska who are united against the Keystone XL and urge the Nebraska Public Service Commission to block the pipeline.

SIGN NOW: Stand with Nebraska against the Keystone XL - NRDC


Saturday, May 13, 2017

Trump's EPA Chooses Foreign Mining Interests Over Critical Alaska Watershed | Common Dreams



"If the Trump administration's strategy is to put a foreign mining company first—and America's greatest wild salmon fishery dead last—then sadly it's succeeding"

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under President Donald Trump has shelved a lawsuit against a proposed Canadian gold and copper mine that would endanger Alaska's Bristol Bay watershed, allowing the mining company to revive the controversial Pebble Mine project.

"If the Trump administration's strategy is to put a foreign mining company first—and America's greatest wild salmon fishery dead last—then sadly it's succeeding," wrote the NRDC's (Natural Resources Defense Council) Taryn Kiekow Heimer.

The legal settlement was reached late Thursday, the Washington Post reported, and reverses an Obama-era determination that Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. could not apply to a permit from the Army Corps of Engineers for the project because Pebble Mine would cause "significant near- and long-term risk to salmon, wildlife, and Native Alaska cultures" in the region. The EPA's 2014 decision has now been removed from its website.

Alannah Hurley, executive director of the United Tribes of Bristol Bay, told the WashingtonPost that local Alaskans who have spent years opposing the mine "are outraged that this is happening…"


more: Trump's EPA Chooses Foreign Mining Interests Over Critical Alaska Watershed | Common Dreams


Saturday, May 6, 2017

Saving Life on Earth: Current Actions at Center For Biological Diversity



Please click the links below to take action for endangered species and wild places, and check out our Trump Action Toolkit.



Saving Life on Earth: Current Actions