After Fukushima, Stein calls for 100% renewable energy economy

March 12, 2012 in Ecological Wisdom & the Environment, Presidential Campaign

From Jill Stein for President:

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein marked the first anniversary of the Fukushima meltdown, and the resultant deaths and estimated $250 billion in cleanup costs, by calling for a Green New Deal to begin an immediate move to a 100% renewable energy economy. Dr. Stein said the Obama White House “has shown it has learned nothing” by promoting nuclear power plants at a time when much of the world is shifting away from them after the Japanese nuclear disaster.

“A Green president would invest in wind, solar and geothermal, emphasize efficiency and conservation, phase out nuclear power plants, and move to a carbon-free economy to deal with climate change. We would immediately end Obama’s expensive subsidies for nuclear power as well as fossil fuels, and use those funds instead to kick off a job-producing energy program based on clean, safe and renewable energy,” said Stein.

Stein said she would push for the immediate shutdown of the 23 Fukushima-style GE Mark I reactors as the first step in moving to a nuclear-free America.

“An energy system based on renewables is inevitable. Between the dangers of nuclear mining, transport, meltdown, and storage on the one hand, and catastrophic climate change on the other, we must make the transition happen now rather than wait for a calamity to force our hand.   I’m campaigning for a Green New Deal that will transition the U.S. economy to become the world leader in building a green economy that puts people back to work while we create a sustainable future,” added Stein.

According to Stein, nuclear power should not be part of a strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions since available renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies are faster, cheaper, safer and cleaner. In 2010, the world’s installed renewable electricity capacity outstripped its nuclear capacity for the first time.

“Every dollar spent on nuclear energy creates more carbon pollution than would result from spending the same dollar on renewables,” according to Stein, “and nuclear is getting more expensive whereas renewables are getting cheaper.”

Germany, Switzerland and Italy have all committed themselves to phasing out nuclear energy, while support for new nuclear plants has dropped dramatically worldwide. From 2008 to 2010, construction work began on thirty-eight reactors around the world, but in 2011-12, there were only two construction starts. Kuwait pulled out last month of a contract to build four reactors, Venezuelan froze all nuclear development projects and Mexico dropped plans to build ten reactors.

In contrast, the Obama administration has continued to promote nuclear power plants. On February 9, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) issued a the final license for two new reactors near Augusta, Georgia. Only the Chair of the NRC, a Bush appointee, voted no, objecting to the absence of guarantees to implement recommendations made following the Fukushima meltdown.  The Obama Administration has pledged $8.3 billion in federal loan guarantees for the construction. The owners of the plant have not yet invested any of their own money for the units, while Georgia ratepayers are being asked to pre-fund construction payments in their current bills.

U.S. taxpayers continue to subsidize insurance coverage for the private firms that own and operate all U.S. nuclear plants through the Price-Anderson Nuclear Indemnity Act.

Barack Obama has long been a favorite of the nuclear power industry, beginning with his sponsorship by Exelon corporation executives in 2004, and in each subsequent election. Dr. Jill Stein does not accept contributions from corporations, corporate lobbyists, or from the officers of corporations that employ lobbyists.

2 responses to After Fukushima, Stein calls for 100% renewable energy economy

  1. Tell you what. I am going to go turn on one of my 8 televisions and see if any of the news channels is covering this story. OR I might just hop into one of my 3 cars and drive around and see if others really care. Whenever I read that we should “emphasize conservation”. I know exactly what that means. RAISE prices to force consumers to suffer. No thank you. We are Americans and I will always live like one. Get lost.

    • Robert, you are getting a edited censored message from Green Party people. The first and foremost message is for replacing nukes & fossil fuels with wind, wave, solar, geothermal, CONSERVATION and hydrogen fuels in zero emission vehicles that are not electric. Amory Lovins has worked out all the numbers, if we begin this year putting the money already going to nukes, natural gas, coal, gas, diesel & fracking, put such money into wind electric generators, solar electric generation, ocean and river surface wave electric generations, geothermal and make hydrogen engines, by 2050 we can be emissions free & grow the economy 158%. …. Of course it makes sense to conserve at home by insulating, managing use and use home power generation & passive solar adaptations, you decide that. But in my lifetime, electric busses were replaced with diesel 99%, we can reverse that with current technologies. Edison had an electric car in 1911 crowded out of the market by gasoline. GM both destroyed the fine electric cars a decade ago working well in California & AZ, but they refuse to make more than the dozen hydrogen fuel cell cars they had in the ’90′s. We can do it, our nation turned around in a year from cars to tanks, planes, jeeps, bombs & bullets to defeat 3 fascist military madmen…. it won’t happen with corrupt Obomba or Mittless both enabling polluters, go slow at best with GREEN tech, vote DR Jill Stein for President… http://www.hireLarryFireBobby.com 843-926-1750 Green Party, Democratic Party, Working Families Party, United Citizens Party coalition candidate for House District # 114 fusion in South Carolina Larry_Carter_Center@yahoo.com @Greens926_1750