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Dear Bernie, your nuclear power plan is unacceptable - here's why

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"The number of children and grandchildren with cancer in their bones, with leukemia in their blood, or with poison in their lungs might seem statistically small to some, in comparison with natural health hazards, but this is not a natural health hazard - and it is not a statistical issue. The loss of even one human life, or the malformation of even one baby - who may be born long after we are gone - should be of concern to us all. Our children and grandchildren are not merely statistics toward which we can be indifferent." President Kennedy, June, 1963

Dear Bernie,

Thank you for your moral and righteous deed in speaking out against nuclear power in general and in saying we have to close Indian Point now. [Nuclear Power Plant in NY]. (April 4, 2016)

Tragically, though, your moratorium in your "Combating Climate Change to Save the Planet" is not in sync.

Your nuclear power plan is unacceptable - here's why

This must be only the beginning. You have clearly stated that nuclear power is very dangerous and "there is no good way to store nuclear waste" and "the cure is worse than the disease."

You have called for a moratorium on nuclear power plant license renewals when each current license expires. I am asking you to join our movement in calling for all nuclear power plants (npp's) in the United States to close NOW. Your nuclear power moratorium will allow npp's to continue to operate 38 years (1 npp), 32 years (1), 30 years (3), 29 years (4), 28 years (3), 27 years (1) 26 years (5), 25 years (2) 24 years (2), 23 years (2), 21 years (3) and so on - beginning to count from 2017, when you would be President, if elected. Twenty-seven npp's will be open for many years once your moratorium is in place, some as long as three decades.

Your plan to combat climate change includes this goal: "Create a Clean-Energy Workforce of 10 million good-paying jobs by creating a 100% clean energy system. Transitioning toward a completely nuclear-free clean energy system for electricity, heating, and transportation is not only possible and affordable it will create millions of good jobs, clean up our air and water, and decrease our dependence on foreign oil."

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Sheila Parks, Ed.D., is a former college professor. She had a spiritual awakening many years ago and left her career to do peace and justice work full time. She is the founder of the grassroots group On Behalf of Planet Earth (found on FB). (more...)
 

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