December 21, 2007
More than 500 organizations from the U.S. and abroad, including some of the world's largest and most influential environmental organizations, have signed a joint statement explicitly rejecting "the construction of new nuclear reactors as a means of addressing the climate crisis." Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth International, Sierra Club, Clean Water Action, and Rainforest Action Network and a few of the many environmental groups that have signed on, along with major peace groups like Code Pink, Peace Action, and Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, and hundreds of grassroots environmental, sustainable energy, religious, peace and other groups and businesses large and small from 46 states and 38 countries on six continents. 5900 individuals also have signed the statement, and more are signing every day.
Beyond rejecting nuclear power as the answer, the statement also embraces renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies as "faster, cheaper, safer and cleaner strategies for reducing greenhouse emissions."
The release of the statement is timed to coincide with Congress considering billions of dollars of taxpayer-backed loan guarantees for new nuclear reactor construction, partly as a way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in...