September 9, 2009
Dear Friends,
More than 11,000 people already have signed our simple statement on nuclear power and climate. It's endorsed by 675 organizations so far, from 48 states and Washington, DC (we're missing only Wyoming and North Dakota) and from every corner of the globe.
Many of you already have signed it, and we thank you. But many of you haven't (one way we know that: our e-mail list is several thousand people larger than 11,000!).
We're now making our final U.S. push for signers. If you haven't signed yet, please do so now. Even more importantly, please check the list of organizational signers carefully (U.S. list here; international list here). If your organization or business is not listed as an endorser, and you are authorized to sign on behalf of your organization, please be sure to sign now (and click the box that says you are signing for your organization).
Let's get an organization or two in Wyoming and North Dakota as well! But please, do not sign for an organization unless you are authorized to do so.
We're going to take this tremendous list of organizations and hand-deliver it to every Senator at the end of September, along with the thousands of postcards we've been collecting. And we want the list to be as complete as possible.
The statement itself is simple but in the context of the upcoming climate bill in the Senate, hard-hitting: "We do not support construction of new nuclear reactors as a means of addressing the climate crisis. Available renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies are faster, cheaper, safer and cleaner strategies for reducing greenhouse emissions than nuclear power."
Want more info on nuclear power and climate? Check out our recent article first published on DailyKos: Top 10 Reasons Nukes Won't Save Climate. It's full of info you can use to counter those who claim we need nuclear power to deal with the climate crisis. The truth is, we don't. In fact, it would be counterproductive!
Now that the Senate has again delayed work on its climate bill--apparently they now plan to begin around the end of September--we have more time to collect more signatures, and to collect more postcards. If you can distribute postcards over the next couple of weeks, let us know, and we'll send you as many as you'd like. Just send an e-mail to and let us know how many you want and where to send them. Those of you on our snail mail list should have received two of them--one for each of your Senators--last week.
*Again, organizations, please check the list carefully to make sure your organization is listed. The list of U.S. organizational signers is here; the list of international organizational signers is here. If you're not on this list (and you're definitely not all on this list!), please sign now.
*If you haven't yet signed the statement, whether an organization or individual, please do so here. And then, please send this along to all your friends and colleagues across the world. Let's get as many signatures as we can during this final September push!
Finally, if you can make a small, tax-deductible donation to help us pay for the costs that will be involved in printing these materials for 100 Senators, and the larger costs of our campaign to counter the myth that nuclear power is an effective or acceptable means of addressing the climate crisis, we'd really appreciate it. You can do so here and win our eternal gratitude.
Thanks for all you do,
Michael Mariotte
Executive Director
Nuclear Information and Resource Service
P.S. If you're interested in the climate crisis, then you'll want to see The Age of Stupid! NIRS is proud to be a co-sponsor of this important film's spectacular release: On September 21, the film will have its U.S. premiere from a solar-powered stage in New York City and will be sent via satellite to movie theaters across the U.S., and indeed across the globe. Join millions of people participating in this event worldwide. For more information, and to find a theater near you showing The Age of Stupid, go here.