Godzilla and the Great Lakes
Why nuclear plans for our water wonderland must be opposed
Published: May 18, 2011
It is up to all of us.
"Southeast Michiganders should urge their elected officials at all levels to protect this region against these multiple radioactive risks. Elected officials should be pressured to do their job of protecting the public by speaking out against old reactor risks at the Fukushima-twin Fermi 2 atomic reactor, as well as at the problem-plagued Davis-Besse nuclear power plant. The state of Michigan as a whole should rise up to put a stop to radioactive waste risks at Bruce nuclear power plant 50 miles across Lake Huron in Ontario. And U.S. Senators Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow, and the entire Michigan U.S. House of Representatives delegation, should nix the nuclear power industry's $36 billion money grab at the U.S. Treasury for the building of new atomic reactors, such as Fermi 3 in Monroe."
As for those who say we need nukes — and more coal-powered plants, for that matter — to meet future energy demands, a just-released report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change offers a potent retort.
The work of more than 120 "leading experts from all over the world," the study found that "close to 80 percent of the world's energy supply could be met by renewables by mid-century if backed by the right enabling public policies. ..."
The means of crafting a future free of nukes are there; what's needed is the collective political will to make that future a reality.
Events like the one Saturday are what keep us moving in that direction. For those who attended, the coming together helped provide impetus and energy. As Sierra Club activist Ed McCardle explained to us, "For many people it was like a religious experience."
What he and others are hoping is that the rest of us will finally see that non-nuclear light.
If not, then prepare to deal with Godzilla, because it will only be a matter of time.
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