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Tuesday, 02 November 2004 01:33
Falling for a nuclear-free future

An important topic from our symposium was the cost-efficiency and feasibility of nuclear power. Nuclear industry advocates argue that nuclear power is less harmful to people and the environment when compared to energy alternatives. This is simply not the case -- read o­n to see the real impacts of nuclear power.

Date: Tue, 2 Nov 2004 07:42:15 -0800 (PST)
From: Nuclear Policy Research Institute < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
Subject: Creating Consensus November 2004

November 2004
www.nuclearpolicy.org
Creating Consensus Newsletter
Falling for a nuclear-free future

In this issue:

Why Nuclear Power Isn't Clean and Green

Nuclear Power and Children's Health Presentations Available o­nline Now

Dr. Caldicott to Speak in Marin County November 10

Audio: The Reality of Nuclear War - Download or Purchase Now!

Bock Family Challenge Grant

Host a Nuclear-Free Event!

Why Nuclear Power Isn't Clean and Green

An important topic from our symposium was the cost-efficiency and feasibility of nuclear power. Nuclear industry advocates argue that nuclear power is less harmful to people and the environment when compared to energy alternatives. This is simply not the case -- read o­n to see the real impacts of nuclear power.

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Nuclear power production releases CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons) that deplete the ozone in the earth's stratosphere. CFCs are 10,000 to 20,000 times more harmful to the planet than CO2.

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Enriching uranium releases large quantities of CO2. CO2 is the primary agent of global warming.

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When uranium is burned in a nuclear power plant, it becomes 1 million times more radioactive than its naturally existing form.

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Nuclear power produces massive amounts of harmful radiation. Nuclear power plants continuously release unregulated radiation into the surrounding environment.

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There are more than 200 new radioactive elements created in nuclear energy production. Exposure to these elements may result in bone, thyroid, liver, breast, or brain cancer, as well a leukemia. By crossing the placenta of a pregnant woman, these elements may cause congenital deformities. By concentrating in the testicles of a healthy man, these radioactive elements increase the incidence of genetic disease.

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Nuclear power produces radioactive waste, which is harmful for generations. Some radioactive waste takes 500,000 years to decay.

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Nuclear power has produced 77,000 tons of nuclear waste with no place to store it. The proposed storage facility, Yucca Mountain, involves the dangerous transportation of the waste. Transporting waste to Yucca Mountain is dangerous: accidental spillage of waste could occur or the waste could be targeted for attack by terrorists. An accident could create a situation where a U.S. city could experience a "Mobile Chernobyl."

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Nuclear power destroys ecosystems. One million gallons of water per minute are required to cool a large nuclear plant. This water, contaminated with radioactive elements, is then discharged into waterways where radiation is then reconcentrated thousands of times at each step of the aquatic food chain.

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Nuclear power is more dangerous than Hiroshima. A plant meltdown could release 1,000 times more radiation than that produced by o­ne Hiroshima bomb.

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Nuclear power is an unstoppable force -- you cannot protect yourself. There is no way to protect yourself of your family from accidental radiation exposure and there is no home or personal insurance to protect you from nuclear accidents.

Nuclear Power and Children's Health Presentations Available

Were you disappointed to miss our latest symposium in Chicago? Speakers presented essential information regarding nuclear power's harmful effects o­n children and alternatives to nuclear power, among other timely topics. Click here to access speaker presentations. Stay tuned for other follow-up educational tools from this important symposium.

Dr. Caldicott to Speak in Marin County

We have a treat for NPRI partners that live in northern California. Dr. Caldicott will be speaking in Marin County o­n Wednesday, November 10, at the Lark Theater in Larkspur, California, at 7 pm. Helen will be autographing books at the event after her talk about the age of nuclear terrorism. This will be Helen's last public appearance in northern California in 2004, so don't miss this opportunity to hear her speak.

For more information, click here.

Audio: The Reality of Nuclear War - Download or Purchase Now!

NPRI is pleased to offer a new CD that features Helen reading from her latest book, The New Nuclear Danger: George W. Bush's Military-Industrial Complex, with an introduction and conclusion by Peter Coyote. This CD, titled The Reality of Nuclear War: Are We At Risk?, underlines the peril of our nuclear situation and the dangers of nuclear war, the medical consequences of a nuclear explosion, the number of U.S. cities that are targeted by Russian nuclear missiles at any given time, two close calls that could have ended in nuclear annihilation, the inadequacies of the early warning system, and how everyone can make a difference.

The 24-minute recording will open your eyes to the nuclear threat that we face today. Buy this CD and learn about the nuclear dangers yourself; more importantly, help raise awareness by sharing this CD with your friends-they too will be astonished by what they hear and moved to action.

To order o­nline, click here or contact NPRI at (202) 822-9800 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The audio is also available for free download as an MP3 by clicking here.

Bock Family Challenge Grant

There is still time to contribute to the Bock Family Challenge Grant. Michael Bock and his family have issued a challenge to all NPRI supporters to give as generously as they are able to create a nuclear-free world for all. The Bock Family Challenge Fund is a chance for you to have your gifted matched: for every dollar that is given, the Bock Family Challenge Fund will match it with o­ne dollar up to a grand total of $150,000.

Accept Michael's challenge and donate to NPRI by clicking here.

Host a Nuclear-Free Event!

Are you looking for a way to help end the nuclear age? Host an event in your community. Contact Julie at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to arrange a lecture or to brainstorm other ways to spread the word about the new nuclear dangers and how to create a nuclear-free future.

Thank you for working with NPRI to create a nuclear-free future!

Hope to see you soon,

The NPRI Team

Helen, Julie, Regina, Rupali, Jessica, Katie, Evelyn, Neil, Justin, and Rennie

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