Richmond Action Prep

It is likely going to rain.  Dominion will not let us step on the plaza and the Richmond police dont want us in the streets.  But we will be there, with our signs and our speeches and our PA system (if we can find one in time).  This is the first event that Sara and i have spoken at together.

This is what i am going to say a bit after high noon at 701 E Cary Street in Richmond:

It has been a bad year for nuclear power.  In March an earthquake and tsunami melted down 3 reactors and forced 160,000 people from their homes.  In June floods forced the evacuation of thousands of residents near two reactors in Nebraska.  By July rectors in Japan, the UK and Israel had been closed because they had been inundated with jellyfish and could not cool themselves.  Also in July wildfires near radioactive waste sites in New Mexico forced the evacuation of the Los Alamos nuclear weapons lab.  And of course on Aug 23rd i watched a huge fish tank crash besides me and hoped that the reactor 10 miles away was shutting down.

Fortunately it was.  What we dont know now is what the damage is.  For people who are just reading the news casually, they are not seeing the Dominion is refusing to inspect the 8 miles of underground pipes carrying radioactive fluids beneath the plant.  Dominion is not inspecting these pipes because the NRC is not requiring them to.  The reason they dont want to require it is because it is expensive.  This seems a very poor reason to me.  Dominion already admitted that they had 56 leaks at the two North Anna reactors.  The NRC thought the public did not need to know how bad these leaks were, so Dominion did not tell us.

I want to know how bad they were.  I want to know if there are any new leaks from this major quake.  Dominion says they are confident it is safe.  But Dominion has been lieing about North Anna since the beginning.

It has been a good year for the movement to fight nuclear power.  The German government voted to phase out all reactors by 2022.  Switzerland voted to cancel all future construction.  95% of Italians in a referendum voted to prohibit any new nuclear construction.  Siemens, the largest engineering firm in Europe is closing its nuclear division.  Investing banks have already started to withdraw from reactor projects in the UK and India.

But the really good news about the possibility of a nuclear free future comes from Japan.  Even with dozens of reactors idle, a national energy conservation program post Fukushima is resulting in Japan having huge surpluses of electricity, proving even “nuclear dependant” countries can wean themselves from this dangerous and expensive form of power.

And while over 2/3rds of Japan’s reactors went down when the earthquake and tsunami hit, none of the over 300 wind turbines, many of them offshore, went down.  Let’s let this terrible tragedy in Japan be our teacher.  If you live in a highly earthquake prone area, move away from nuclear power and towards real renewables.

If you want to join us go to our website notonourfaultline.org and sign up for our next action on Oct 3rd.