Helen Caldicott in TruthOut and on video from Copenhagen

Helen Caldicott spoke to reporter, Al Levine, about her Copenhagen experiences. The article includes a video clip of her speech at one of the protest rallies in the Danish capital. Dr. Caldicott, a longtime anti-nuclear campaigner and pediatrician, is the founding president of Nuclear Policy Research Institute, now operating as Beyond Nuclear.


Powering a Green Planet: Sustainable Energy, Made Interactive

Scientific American has posted a rich-media presentation (note the cityscape shown is Chicago on the Lake Michigan shore -- unfortunately currently 80% nuclear electrified!) of its feature article "A Path to a Sustainable Energy by 2030" (Nov. 2009). Many of these same arguments and insights were first made by Dr. Arjun Makhijani in his 2007 book Carbon-Free and Nuclear-Free: A Roadmap for U.S. Energy Policy.


Ejections continue in Copenhagen - FOE the latest to go

The ejections of environmental activists in Copenhagen - this time from the talks rather than the country - continue. This time it was Friends of the Earth and other environmental groups that were barred from the conference without a reason being provided, according to a report in The Guardian. Activists described the measures as Draconian and exclusionary, muzzling the voices that represent the poor and underprivileged around the world.


More than 50,000 tell Copenhagen officials, "no" to nuclear

More than a dozen NGOs participating in the international “Don’t Nuke the Climate” campaign presented government delegates with a giant postcard and 50,000 signatures on Tuesday calling for a nuclear-free climate agreement. The NGOs were joined by prominent Green figures including two former Environment Ministers of France, Yves COCHET (French MP), and Corinne LEPAGE (MEP) ; MEP, International alter-globalization movement leader Jose BOVE , and MEP Yannick JADOT, Claude Turmes, Margrete Auken , Italian MP Angelo Bonelli, Roberto della Seta and Francesco Ferrante.


Beyond Nuclear slams GE-Hitachi ESBWR design for QA violations at Fermi 3

Beyond Nuclear -- in coalition with Citizens for Alternatives to Chemical Contamination, Citizens Environmental Alliance of Southwestern Ontario, Don’t Waste Michigan, and the Michigan Chapter of the Sierra Club -- has filed its 16th contention in the Fermi 3 new reactor proceeding before an NRC licensing board challenging the quality assurance violations associated with General Electric-Hitachi's "Economic Simplified Boiling Water Reactor" design. The coalition has called for the new reactor licensing proceeding to be suspended until QA on the ESBWR design can be assured. As expressed in the Beyond Nuclear media release, the QA violations surrounding Fermi 3 are three-fold: QA failures on Detroit Edison's combined Construction and Operating License Application (COLA), QA failures on General Electric-Hitachi's ESBWR design, and QA regulatory oversight failures by NRC staff itself. Beyond Nuclear's "Nuclear Reactors" website section shows the original Nov. 6 QA contention filing against Fermi 3, as well as the initial overall intervention launched on March 9, 2009.