Say No to Nukes
RISKS AND DISADVANTAGES
ACCIDENTS DO HAPPEN - Nuclear power plants are not completely protected against human error or natural disasters. Already we have experienced the Three Mile Island accident in the US (1979), the Chernobyl disaster in Ukraine (1986), and Fukushima in Japan (2011). Simple accidents can wreak havoc at a nuclear plant site and lead to the death, injury or evacuation of thousands, an expensive, prolonged clean-up and long term consequences on the environment and the health of victims.
URANIUM - The fuel source for nuclear power makes us heavily dependent on raw material imports and multinational corporations. Uranium is a finite resource that has already been exhausted from several mining reserves. Mining sites are also often located on the lands of indigenous groups, who are then subjected to radioactive contamination.
NATIONAL RISK - It does not take a nuclear bomb to harm or kill millions, or cause entire regions to become uninhabitable. Nuclear power plants and waste storage facilities are threats themselves because they are ideal targets for terrorist attacks.
Any plant that enriches uranium for nuclear power is also capable of enriching uranium for nuclear weapons. Many governments have crossed the line between civilian and military use of nuclear power, that is developing weapons under cover of supposedly peaceful nuclear programs.
NUCLEAR WASTE - Nuclear waste is produced at every stage of the nuclear fuel cycle and can remain hazardous for thousands of years. Currently, there are no permanent disposal facilities in the US for high-level nuclear waste. Temporary storage sites will run out of capacity.
While uranium, coal, natural gas and oil become ever more depleted, solar, wind, hydro, biomass and geothermal energy will be available as long as the Earth exists.
- Emits very low, if not zero, air pollutants
- Has the potential to provide all the electricity the world needs
- Creates more job opportunities
- Available residentially to power households