It strikes me as a good idea to list a # of victories against the nuclear behemoth, since it’s awfully easy for fellow citizens to say to me (or to any anti-nuclear activist), “You’re just wasting your time! You can never win against the military-nuclear-industrial complex.” It’s a David & Goliath struggle, definitely. It’s big, & it’s very nasty. The deck is heavily stacked against us. They have all the money, & tons of power. They own the politicians & the governments (or an awful lot of them, anyway).
It’s also true that there are victories! You can bet your sweet fanny the nuclear industry never admits that the anti-nuclear camp ever achieves any victories.
But we do.
This I know for sure: sometimes when citizens take on a nuclear proponent, they win a significant victory or cause significant change to take place (e.g., much lowered tritium emissions at SRB Technologies in Pembroke, Ontario, for one instance). You will never hear the anti-nuclear community being given any credit by the proponent, though. The nuclear industry is very loath to ever admit that the citizens who take them on have incredible chutzpah, energy & fierce smarts (& they do! Not speaking of myself here, but of my remarkable colleagues. Woo-hoo are these folks brilliant & determined!! )
Okay – so check out these links to learn more about each of the victories cited below. I’m sorry I don’t have time to become intimately familiar myself with each of these, & to write at length or knowledgeably about each one; these are “teasers” so you can learn more on your own.
The Clamshell Alliance (see below; I’ve put stuff in alphabetical order only because it makes things look nice & neat; I have to create order somewhere in my life, right?? ) helped prevent the building of a boatload of new nuke plants in the U.S., & inspired the Abalone Alliance. We should all be very grateful for both groups’ determined, principled efforts on our behalf!!
** Please note: all these victories (which in fact are buoying up my spirits even as I list them ) took thousands upon thousands of hours of activists’ time. They were hard-won, is what I’m saying. Lots of work, collaboration, energy & time – tons of it! But as you can see – these efforts did pay off!!
** Please also note: some of these links may be a bit lame, in your view. By all means, send me a better item to link to, via a comment to the blog…okay? Feedback is most welcome!!
Brookhaven National Laboratories -- what a crazy story! Check the link. Watch this about the ‘Atomic States of America’ film, or this film trailer &/or read Welcome to Shirley – a memoir of an atomic town (massive tritium polluter makes a boatload of people, including young children, get very sick &/or die, gets shut down, becomes a Superfund site, but is still functioning as a world-famous lab. I sure don’t get it. You couldn’t make up stuff like this!?)
GE victory in Peterborough, Ontario – youth activists put a halt to GE plans to enrich uranium within sneezing distance of a local elementary school.
Judith Johnsrud, American activist & victories to which she contributed
Uranium Mining Proposal Abandoned in Virginia (ABC News, Feb. 1/13.)
The Nuclear Era is Ending in
- Germany & also here (++ good site on the transition here)
- World Nuclear Decline
Battles That Need YOU (right now!!)
- Bluewater Coalition Against the DGRs
- Fighting Fermi 3
- Nuclear waste targeting Ontario communities
- Phase out Palisades, “The Monster on the Beach”
- Radioactivity in consumer goods & Fairewinds podcast here
- Statewide Coalition to shut down California Nuke Plants
- Stop Darlington (Durham Region, Ontario) + many relevant posts on this blog here
- Stop GE’s Uranium Factory in Downtown Toronto
Feel free to send more victories/resources/battles/&/or corrections to add to this list! Just send the info via a comment to the blog.
FINALLY -- my undying gratitude, admiration & respect to all the people whose work & lives made this posting possible!!!!