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DECLARATION OF NUCLEAR RESISTANCE Revised version, adopted November, 1977, at the Clamshell Congress


Revised version, adopted November, 1977, at the Clamshell Congress

 We, the member of the Clamshell Alliance, demand an immediate and permanent halt to the construction and export of nuclear power plants and facilities, and nuclear weapons and supporting technology.

Nuclear power is dangerous to all living creatures and to their natural environment. The nuclear industry is designed to concentrate profits and the control of energy resources in the hands of a powerful few, undermining basic principles of human liberty.

A nuclear power plant at Seabrook, New Hampshire, could lock our region into a suicidal path. As an affiliation of a wide range of groups and individuals, the Clamshell Alliance is unalterably opposed to the construction of this, and any other, nuclear power plant.

We recognize:

  1. that the present direction in energy research and development is based on corporate efforts to maximize profits and recoup past investments rather than on meeting our real energy needs;
  2. that there is a direct relationship between nuclear power plants and nuclear weapons. The arms industry has used the “peaceful atom” to legitimize its technology. The export of nuclear reactors makes possible the spread of nuclear bombs to nations all over the world. The possibility of nuclear thievery and sabotage of nuclear facilities poses further danger to our civil liberties and our lives;
  3. that the centralized nature of nuclear power takes control of energy from local communities and strengthens the monopoly of the utilities;
  4. that a political and economic environment committed to the nuclear age is not conducive to the development of, and implementation of, renewable energy sources. With changes in the regulatory and political climate, renewable sources of energy – such as solar technologies – would become competitive, conservation would flourish, and the alleged “need” for nuclear energy would vanish. Awareness of the fact that we live within a balanced, natural ecosystem necessitates changes in “traditional” economic and social values;
  5. that nuclear power plants have proved to be an economic catastrophe. Expensive, inefficient, and unreliable, they require immense investments of capital, and create fewer jobs, than comparable investments in conservation and solar energy;
  6. that the dangers of nuclear power plants are intolerable. They include release of “low-level” radiation – a cause of cancer and genetic disorders; the creation of deadly radioactive waste which must be completely isolated from the environment for 250,000 years; the destruction of our lakes, rivers, and oceans by thermal pollution; and the possibility of a catastrophic meltdown. No material gain, real or imagined, is worth the assault on life itself that atomic energy represents.

 We therefore demand:

  1. that not one more cent be spent on nuclear power reactors or nuclear weapons, except to dispose of those wastes already created and to decommission those plants and weapons now in existence;
  2. that our energy policy be focused on developing and implementing clean and renewable sources of energy in concert with an efficient system of recycling and conservation;
  3. that all people who lose jobs through the cancellation of nuclear construction, operation, or weapons production be offered retraining and jobs in the natural energy field at decent, union level wages;
  4. that the supply of energy should, in all cases, be controlled by the people. Private monopoly must give way to public control. In concert with public ownership, power supply should be decentralized so that environmental damage is further minimized, and so that control can revert to the local community.

We have full confidence that when the dangers and expense of nuclear energy are made known to the people, they will reject this tragic experiment which has already cost us so much in health, environmental quality, material resources, labot, and control over our own lives.

The Clamshell Alliance will continue its uncompromising opposition to any and all nuclear construction in New England and elsewhere.

Our stand is in defense of the health, safety, and general well-being of ourselves and of future generations of all life on this planet.

We therefore announce that, should construction continue at Seabrook, we will mobilize the citizenry and return to the site to blockade or occupy it until construction has ceased and the project is totally and irrevocably cancelled.

From too cheap to meter to too costly to matter By Michael Mariotte and Aja Binette

From too cheap to meter to too costly to matter

By Michael Mariotte and Aja Binette

Nuclear Information and Resource Service

From the industry’s proclamation of nuclear power being “too cheap to meter” in the 1950s to the reality of a major utility going bankrupt in the 1980s, nuclear power has proven to be a source of economic speculation since its inception.

At the beginning of the building boom in the 1960s, reactors were estimated to cost $560/kw for plants being built starting in 1966.  However, the actual cost for those early reactors averaged $1170/kw–a 209% increase over the projected cost. (Costs of building a nuclear reactor are often framed in terms of amount of money spent per kilowatt of electricity that will be supplied to the grid.) Read the rest of this entry »

Same As It Ever Was by Paul Gunter

Same As It Ever Was

Paul Gunter

The same threats and boondoggles that mobilized the Clamshell Alliance and an anti-nuclear movement around the world in the 1970’s are only more apparent today.

Nuclear power presents more problems than solutions to global warming

The history of nuclear power over the past 50 years is marked by nuclear accidents and an increasing number of near misses. More reactors bring greater risk from catastrophic events both manmade and natural.  The atomic industry is still plagued by problems regarding the environment, public safety, community health and a mounting financial fiasco. It is extremely dangerous to return to a 20th Century technological failure disguised as a solution to the global climate crisis.  Because of this historic failure we cannot collectively risk civilization by squandering resources and precious little time on this dangerous, polluting and unpredictably expensive technology. Read the rest of this entry »

A Desperate Passion by Helen Caldicott

A Desperate Passion

By Helen Caldicott

 t was on a cold spring day in May 1977 when the wind cuts straight through your clothes, the daffodils were not even out and the ground was still brown and muddy.

I had moved to live in Boston from Australia six months earlier and was only just acclimatizing to the New England weather.

We, my daughter Penny and I, marched in a ragged bunch down the main street of Seabrook New Hampshire to the municipal rubbish dump where a nuclear reactor was to be sited. I had been asked to address the crowd Read the rest of this entry »

Clam Media by C.W. Wolff

Clam Media By C.W. Wolff

 “What’s a nuke?”

 “What’s a nuke?” was a common question in 1976 when “No Nukes!” bumper stickers began appearing in New Hampshire. By 1978 — thanks largely to the Clamshell Alliance and the media focus it generated — most people knew what nukes were, not only in New England, but across the nation. Read the rest of this entry »