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Will the disaster in Japan shift the U.S. perspective on new nuclear energy development? While it may give us pause, the overall trajectory for nuclear energy as a ‘clean’ and ‘safe’ energy source for the U.S. may not shift significantly. The Obama administration has stated that the U.S. is, “committed to learning from [events unfolding in Japan] and ensuring that nuclear energy is produced safely and responsibly here in the U.S.” This is on the heels of billions of dollars in loan guarantees for new facilities and assertions that newer, modular, designs and better permitting will alleviate concerns. Many environmental groups are re-weighing the risks of nuclear with those associated with climate change, and still view nuclear as a strong no-carbon energy contender.
Join us for the first of three in a March/April Webinar series, hosted by IATP’s Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy (CEED), that will explore the “Social Equity, Economic, Security and Health Implications of the U.S. Nuclear Energy Resurgence.” The series will examine whether nuclear power can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and if long-standing concerns (radioactive contamination; health risks; threats to public security; and high economic cost) could be addressed in the “next generation” of nuclear facilities.
Joining Shalini Gupta, Director of CEED, at the first webinar, “The Economic & Security Landscape of the Nuclear Industry” will be :
Physicians for Social Responsibility – Los Angeles
Little Village Environmental Justice Organization – Chicago
Communities for a Better Environment – California
WEACT for Environmental Justice – New York
New Jersey Environmental Justice Alliance – New Jersey
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