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nuclear energy

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Started 3 months ago

Petition to Donald Trump, Jerry Brown

Government support on alternative sources of energy - Emission-free power (clean air)

 The Earth’s climate is changing. On a global scale, weather patterns and temperatures are changing quickly and with no predictability. Climate science is a complex subject. Scientists and scholars around the world have conducted research to help people understand our unpredictable climate. Climate itself is the result of the interaction among dozens of factors. Because of that, one is not able to just observe changes in one element and connect them to a specific climatic effect -- which makes explaining global warming a challenge. The largest natural contributor to warming up the Earth is the Sun. The Sun is the largest nuclear reactor. “The Earth receives 84 terawatts of solar power every moment -- that's 84 million million watts.” (http://sciencing.com) Some of the energy is absorbed -- heating up the air, water, and land, creating climate change as the Earth orbits. Some of that infrared radiation, however, does not make it back to space -- it gets reflected right back to Earth’s surface. It's trapped.  An easily explained example of the process: “A pot of heating water on the stove feels warm, and it steams. The heat you feel, and the steam you see are both ways the pot is getting rid of energy, but more energy comes in than goes out -- so the pot heats up. The same thing occurs with the Earth: If more energy comes in than goes out, the Earth heats up.” (http://sciencing.com)     The natural atmosphere holds gas that reflects some infrared heat back to the Earth. Human activity is adding to the level of greenhouse gasses, increasing the reflection, changing the balance and making the average temperature go up. The most commonly known greenhouse gas emitted is Carbon Dioxide (CO2). There are other greenhouse gasses such as: methane, nitrous oxide, and even more. There are several man-made sources emitting greenhouse gasses. Man-made sectors that negatively impact our environment and emit harmful greenhouse gasses are electricity, transportation, industry, commercial-residential, agriculture, land use and forestry. Greenhouse gas emissions from power plants are the largest contributor to rising temperatures. A greater emphasis on cleaner, alternative sources of energy is the need of the hour to retard the upward incline of global temperatures.    “Carbon dioxide (CO2) in its gas form is an asphyxiant, which cuts off the oxygen supply for breathing, especially in confined spaces. Exposure to concentrations of 10 percent or more of carbon dioxide can cause death, unconsciousness, or convulsions. Exposure may damage a developing fetus.” (https://toxtown.nlm.nih.gov) With lower levels of exposure, a person might experience shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, headache, fatigue, confusion, and much more.   The vast majority of CO2, greenhouse gas emissions, are from the man-made Electricity sector. The Electricity sector involves the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity. Scientist and scholars from around the world have now created reasonable plans to decrease CO2 emissions. “87 percent of all human-produced carbon dioxide emissions come from the burning of fossil fuels like coal, natural gas, and oil.” (http://whatsyourimpact.org )By switching the way we generate our energy, people around the globe can contribute to reducing CO2 emissions, hence ensuring global warming does not become a situation where future generations are unable to survive.  I am writing you to ask that you help make Nuclear Energy a possibility.   “More than 70% of America’s emission-free power (clean air) comes from nuclear energy sources.” (https://www.dosomething.org)The countries with the most reactors are the United States, which currently has 99 reactors, France with 58 reactors, and Japan with 43 reactors.(This data is taken from the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Power Reactor Information System, which was last updated on 8 August 2015) According to the Nuclear Energy Assembly, “Nuclear energy stations do not produce air pollutants or greenhouse gasses when they generate electricity. The life-cycle emissions from nuclear energy are comparable to other non-emitting sources of electricity like wind, solar and hydropower.”  (https://www.nei.org) The time is now to eliminate coal and oil as sources of energy and to make the shift to nuclear energy to save the planet.  Nuclear power can eliminate and reduce current CO2 in our air and allow an abundance of electricity.  "While we are in favor of renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, and hydro, we reject the environmental orthodoxy that climate change can be solved through renewables alone, particularly as global energy demand is poised to triple over the next century. We support continued energy innovation, and work to create openness to a wider array of clean energy technologies, such as nuclear power and carbon capture, that can be deployed at the scale necessary to reduce global greenhouse emissions and provide energy access to people in the developing world who strive for the same energy-rich lives that we enjoy in the west. Including a broader set of clean energy technologies in the policy toolkit can also help create common ground and reduce political polarization on climate change."(pritzkerinnovationfund.org)    The complex climatical issue is now premeditating interfering with the American/human lifestyle. How are we to stop our electricity and transportation use to help prevent the Earth from smothering the future generations with greenhouse gasses, such as CO2? What options do Americans have? Some conservative minds have a false reality that if global warming was ignored in the past, then there is an option to continue to ignore global warming as if it does not exist. There are some groups that want the option to use only green sources for energy and transportation needs. This they hope will ensure the planet is safe. It would be easy if all countries, states, cities, etc. on the planet have the same wind, solar, and water resources to produce the perfect amount of energy needed, on a continuous basis for those living within the area of their natural energy source, such as a solar panel, windmill, etc. Everyone wants and needs access to electricity 24-hours a day, 365 days a year regardless of the season.  Progressive minds have found a way that allows for an abundance of electricity, not only for Americans, but for people all over the world. Countries such as France and Japan have already been advancing for the future of energy. The progressive idea can include people that currently have no electricity resources at all.  "Conservation is deeply intertwined with climate and energy issues. We should aspire to be a world in which energy is clean, cheap, and abundant; seek to enable this reality without using up the earth’s resources, which will require employing dense forms of energy. This is one reason that relying on renewables alone to solve climate change would be problematic: scaling wind and solar requires massive amounts of land, while hydro has obvious implications for waterways. Preserving the earth will require more than just restricting access to natural spaces. Conservation necessitates technological innovation, urbanization, and other key elements of modernization that make human societies less dependent on nature." (pritzkerinnovationfund.org)  A vigorous debate is in progress over the extent and seriousness of rising surface temperatures, the effects of past and future warming on human life, and the need for action to reduce future warming and deal with its consequences. Nuclear energy has a vital role to play in the future for providing clean energy for sustainable economic development around the world. Nuclear energy is by far America’s largest source of clean, emission-free electricity, producing no greenhouse gasses or air pollutants. The United States commitment to the environment and man-kind extends to protecting wildlife and their habitats.

Olive Penderghast
20 supporters
This petition won 5 months ago

Petition to The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission: Do NOT relicense the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) is applying for a license renewal from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to operate their aging Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant for another 20 years unless we voice our opposition.  Here's why we are petitioning to prevent the plant's relicensing: The plant sits on or near 2 MAJOR ACTIVE fault lines and at least 11 other fault lines.  Former Nuclear Regulatory Commission Diablo Canyon Chief Resident Inspector Dr. Michael Peck has testified that the seismic design of the plant is inadequate, based on PG&E's own seismic studies. The plant is located in the tsunami hazard zone in the seismologically active state of California. The plant has numerous design and construction flaws, including one recently discovered flaw in the critical electrical system. Seven NRC engineers have filed a 2.206 petition within the NRC that calls for the shutdown of all nuclear plants in the US that contain this design flaw, including Diablo Canyon.  The plant lacks cooling towers, contributing to ocean water warming and causing 80% of loss of marine life on the California coastline.  More than 6 Million pounds of highly radioactive spent fuel is stored on site, and there is no permanent repository designated by the US government. Radioactive waste may remain onsite up to 300 years. If the nuclear waste canisters leak or crack, they would release millions of curies of radiation into the environment. Emergency plans in the event of a meltdown which would force the evacuation of communities in and around San Luis Obispo County are completely inadequate. If the plant melted down, the radioactive fallout would spread throughout California and into the Pacific Ocean, affecting millions of people, making the area uninhabitable, and destroying the major agricultural region of California. Nuclear radiation is a man-made toxin that causes cancer in all living organisms and would will turn our coastline into a contaminated "look only" zone.  The plant is licensed to operate until 2024 and 2025, which is when it was originally scheduled to decommission. Pushing it another 20 years would be a huge risk to the environment and the living beings who call it home. PG&E has had history of negligence and is in litigation on several charges, including in the loss of human life due to fires caused by faulty and old gas lines in San Bruno, as well as Calaveras County. Please sign and share this petition to help decommission the plant as well as to dismantle the power structures that continue to try and operate this dangerous technology on the coastline of California. Let us radiate love and good energy. Thank you.    

Radiation Filters
131 supporters
Update posted 7 months ago

Petition to Stephen Burns

Close Pilgrim Nuclear Station before it’s too late

The shaded area of the above image represents Fukushima’s fallout plume from 25 hours after the accident, superimposed on Pilgrim, which has the same type of reactor as Fukushima. Within a day of a Fukushima-type accident at Pilgrim, radiation contamination could extend from Gloucester to Worcester to Providence, RI to Long Island,NY and the Connecticut shore, including Cape Cod and Greater Boston. To Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Stephen Burns and Commissioners: Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth, Massachusetts, one of the oldest commercial nuclear reactors, is the same design as the 3 reactors which exploded at Fukushima, Japan due to loss of coolant. Pilgrim is owned by Entergy corporation, and for several years has been ranked by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) as one of the three least-safe reactors in the nation. Recent NRC reports show that nothing has improved. In 1972, when Pilgrim was first licensed, top government regulators realized it’s design is unable to contain a severe accident. This deficiency was demonstrated in 2011 when Fukushima Units 1, 2, and 3 suffered meltdowns. Those accidents are ongoing, and 100,000 people may never return home. The NRC has allowed Entergy to let Pilgrim Station ignore its own management plan, ignore industry best practices, and skip ‘required’ fixes that could make the difference between a controlled or uncontrolled release of nuclear material. Among many other violations, the NRC has allowed Entergy to: skip implementation of fire safety regulations; falsify 200 fire watch records over a 2-year period; ignore a non-functioning weather monitoring system necessary for an effective evacuation; operate for months with broken equipment; fail to replace critical equipment as many as 30 years past its replacement date; and put off needed repairs or inadequately implement them. Such is the NRC’s implementation of “lessons learned” from Fukushima. Last month a leaked email written by the head of the NRC’s special inspection team, Don Jackson, revealed that Entergy’s management had allowed an ineffective safety culture “that a lot of talking probably won’t fix,” and that Pilgrim has a “team of employees who appear to be struggling with keeping the nuclear plant running.” Plant workers fail to follow well-established programs. Broken equipment doesn’t get properly fixed. Plant “experts” lack required expertise. Staff members do not understand their roles and responsibilities. Corrective actions in the recovery plan seem to have been hastily developed and implemented, and some have been circumvented as they were deemed too hard to complete. And we learned recently, that even though the terrorist threat to this nation has escalated, Entergy’s management failed to follow security regulations - not once but nine times in the past year. People on Cape Cod are downwind of Pilgrim much of the time, yet they have no evacuation plan. Because one or both bridges would be closed, they are expected to shelter in wooden homes which offer little protection from fallout. The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency has a plan to “relocate” hundreds of thousands of residents after an accident, if needed. Home insurance does not cover nuclear disasters; your home value could drop to zero overnight. For these reasons and more, we are asking the NRC to close Pilgrim now, ahead of the planned refueling scheduled for this May.

Pilgrim Legislative Advisory Coalition
1,259 supporters