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by Robin Read

Corporate and government surveillance of the Clamshell Alliance began with the inception of the organization in 1976, intensified in the weeks before the April 1977 occupation, and continued for the next several years. Fear mongering by right wing organizations and media, fed by the surveillance and infiltration, were among the factors that led Seabrook area residents to urge the Clamshell to call off its planned massive 1978 occupation and instead hold a three day legal rally on the plant site. The surveillance and infiltration contributed to internal divisions before and after the 1978 demonstration. Read the rest of this entry »

Time to Summon Our Greatest Courage by Winona LaDuke

Clamshell Alliance

By Winona LaDuke   

I remember the early morning at Seabrook, and my time in Boston. I remember the smell of the ocean and the mist on my face, and I remember faces and smells, and through that the courageous souls who helped me shape my own humanity.  I know that what we all did changed history.

Seabrook was my first anti nuclear demonstration at a nuclear power plant. I knew little about the east coast, New Hampshire seemed far away from my dorm room at Harvard,or for that matter my parents home three thousand miles away,  but I understood fundamentally that the questions being asked by the activists were the same questions we were asking in our own Indigenous territories- Who gave them the right to poison us?  And how will we stop them?  Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

Jobs and Energy by Richard Grossman

Jobs, Energy & the Clam

by Richard Grossman

In spring 1976, I moved from California to Washington DC to become director of Environmentalists For Full Employment (EFFE). EFFE’s task was to counter corporate state propaganda that safe energy threw people out of work, was anti-progress and bad for the economy. We also built alliances among workers and environmentalists.

I had worked for the nation’s first anti-nuclear referendum, California’s Nuclear Safeguards Initiative. Nuclear corporations, banking and weapons corporations, construction and insurance corporations all had joined nuclear zealots in government and the press to scream jobs! jobs! jobs! without let up.

            Without the 1000 nuclear power plants across the nation, they screeched, no jobs. Without 50 nukes in California, everyone would go hungry, freezing and jobless in the dark. California AFL-CIO leaders dangling from corporate strings attacked solar energy advocates as anti-labor and un-American. 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 »