Sierra Club on Energy & Oil
Nuclear power is last in being clean, quick, safe, and cheap
As the disasters at Chernobyl, Three Mile Island and Fukushima have shown, nuclear power can cause catastrophic damage to land & human health. We should pursue our cleanest, quickest, safest, and cheapest energy options first: Nuclear power comes out
last in every one of those categories.
In the long-term, nuclear power is also unnecessary: With an intensive effort to exploit our clean energy resources, we can power our society, create good jobs, and keep our environment healthy with renewable
energy--and without nuclear power.
Source: Sierra Club 2016 "Nuclear FactSheet" voting recommendation
, Jan 28, 2016
- It's Prohibitively Expensive: Construction of nuclear reactors can take 7 years and up to $10 billion.
- It's Propped Up by Subsidies: Nuclear power is not viable without subsidies
- It Endangers Workers:
Uranium miners are at risk of exposure.
- It's Unsafe: There is no long-term disposal method for nuclear waste, and it lasts for thousands of years.
- Terrorism: Nuclear reactors, if targeted by terrorists, could endanger millions of people.
Beyond Coal: Retire 1/3 of nation's coal plants by 2020
Not only is coal burning responsible for one third of US carbon emissions--the main contributor to climate disruption--but it is also making us sick, leading to as many as 13,000 premature deaths every year and more than $100 billion in annual health
costs. The Beyond Coal campaign's main objective is to replace dirty coal with clean energy by mobilizing grassroots activists in local communities to advocate for the retirement of old and outdated coal plants and to prevent new coal plants from
being built. Our goals include:
Source: Sierra Club website, www.sierraclub.org
, Nov 24, 2012
- Retiring one-third of the nation's more than 500 coal plants by 2020
- Replacing the majority of retired coal plants with clean energy solutions such as wind, solar, and geothermal
Keeping coal in the ground in places like Appalachia and Wyoming's Powder River Basin
Fight the Koch brothers' agenda for oil
The Koch brothers inherited a business from their fathers and grew it into a conglomerate to where it is the 2nd largest privately owned company in the country with annual revenues approaching $100 billion.
The holdings include forest products giant Georgia-Pacific, oil refineries, ethanol, and pipeline building.
[NJ Gov. Chris] Christie pulled out of the 10-state Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative program (RGGI) several months after meeting with
David Koch. Critics saw a pattern developing. Christie scaled back renewable energy goals, scaled back rebates for solar panels at residences, vetoed a bill that would have banned frocking, a process of using
pressurized fluid to release gas and petroleum for extraction. "All these policies come directly from the Koch brothers agenda," said the Sierra Club.
Source: Rise to Power, by B. Ingle & M. Symons, p.240-241
, Jun 5, 2012
Sierra Club on Energy
Phase out nuclear power
The Campaign for Nuclear Phaseout, Sierra Club of Canada, Energy Probe and other organizations have long advocated a phase out of nuclear power both on the basis of environmental considerations
such as the release of radioactive materials and the disposition of nuclear waste, and on the basis of cost.
Source: Campaign for Nuclear Phaseout, Sierra Club of Canada
, Aug 13, 1997
Sierra Club on Global Warming
Climate change is an established fact
Global climate change is by now an established fact. Virtually every reputable scientific organization that has studied the problem is on record as being in agreement with this statement. If we want to avoid big problems in the century ahead,
it is clear that the world must shift away from our heavy reliance on fossil fuels to less polluting and more sustainable sources such as solar, wind, and geothermal.
Source: Ozark Sierran, Jim Rhodes, Are Energy Taxes a Good idea?
, Mar 30, 2000
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