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Dear Hillary, 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 Hillary,

"Nuclear power plants are cancer factories. They make waste that lasts a million years"can get into people's body and food chain-- says internationally acclaimed pediatrician Dr. Helen Caldicott on a Radio Ecoshock interview with Alex Smith on January 27, 2016 [at 5:22].

It is urgent to bring this issue forth now as strongly as possible, while we can still do something about it. Carol Wolman, M.D., long time no-nuclear activist and writer says, "Radioactivity, which directly attacks DNA, poses the single greatest threat to life on planet Earth." [Personal email conversation with Dr. Wolman.]

Nuclear energy is not clean green or renewable. It is dirty, dangerous and deadly. Moreover, your "advanced nuclear" means you are interested in new nuclear technology. There is a new bill in in the Senate to stop all mandatory licensing hearings for small modular nuclear reactors. That is foolhardy, to put it mildly. Are you in favor of this bill or against it? [See later section on "The Nuclear Power Industry, Money, Lobbyists..."]

No nuclear power plants (npp's) are ever safe. There is no way to prevent disasters from happening at any npp. There is no way to fix these disasters once they do happen - think Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, Fukushima. Another nuclear power catastrophe will surely happen. There is no way of knowing where or when. No one wants radioactive waste in their back or front yards. You must not, I know you do not want, to leave this legacy of leukemia and other cancers to our children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and their children, more than seven generations out and into eternity.

The nuclear power crisis is as serious as the climate crisis.

Nuclear power plants are crimes against humanity, all living creatures and planet Earth herself.

Nuclear power is immoral.

Professor Karl Grossman, March 28, 2016, says that "All 438 nuclear power plants around the world today could--and should--close now. The insignificant amount of electricity they generate--but 10 percent of total electric use--can be provided by other sources. And green energy makes for a less costly power and a far safer world in comparison to catastrophic-danger prone and unnecessary nuclear power. We must welcome energy we can live with and reject power that presents a deadly threat in so many ways." On March 30, 2016, in a you tube [at .49) Grossman adds that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is now wanting to extend the life of npp's for 80 more years, that the NRC has never said no to licensing a npp and that [at 3:17] the NRC claim of npp safety is parallel to the claim of the tobacco industry telling us cigarette smoking is safe and denying the connection between smoking and cancer."

Your nuclear power plan is unacceptable - here's why

On November 6, 2015, the Obama White House released this: "FACT SHEET: Obama Administration Announces Actions to Ensure that Nuclear Energy Remains a Vibrant Component of the United States' Clean Energy Strategy" --.The President's FY 2016 Budget includes more than $900 million for the Department of Energy (DOE) to support the U.S. civilian nuclear energy sector by leading federal research, development, and demonstration efforts in nuclear energy technologies, ranging from power generation, safety, hybrid energy systems, and security technologies, among other things. DOE also supports the deployment of these technologies with $12.5 billion in remaining loan guarantee authority for advanced nuclear projects through Title 17. DOE's investments in nuclear energy help secure the three strategic objectives that are foundational to our nation's energy system: energy security, economic competitiveness, and environmental responsibility."

"On August 3, [2015] President Obama and EPA [Environmental Protection Agency] announced the Clean Power Plan. On pages 2 and 3 there is a NUCLEAR section:

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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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