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ShutDown Nuke Power!

CALIFORNIANS!!! Ballot initiative for November 2012 elections! Put it on the ballot to SHUT DOWN California nuclear power plants!

Date:   2/23/2012 1:42:48 AM   ( 10 y ) ... viewed 2214 times

“Let me tell you what happens when people lose confidence in the NRC and the nuclear industry. Right now, there is a petition being circulated for a ballot initiative that would effectively shut down the two nuclear power plants in California. I believe we will see more of that across the country if America doesn’t have confidence in the NRC.

“If the NRC does not do its job, the American people will demand the ultimate protection – the shutdown of old nuclear power plants that have similar characteristics as the Fukushima plant.”

— Senator Barbara Boxer to NRC Commissioners – 12/15/2011.

The California Nuclear Initiative proposes to do just that.
The Legislative Analyst’s Office would have us believe that nuclear power plants are too big to fail. Here at California Nuclear Initiative, we tend to disagree. Please read the facts and help us in our campaign to shutdown the remaining two active nuclear power plants in California (Diablo Canyon and San Onofre).

We need your help to collect 504,760 voter signatures for the California Nuclear Initiative petition in order to get it on the ballot for the 2012 general election.

Subscribe to this website and we will keep you informed about the initiative.

Thank you for your support,

Ben Davis Jr., California Nuclear Initiative Proponent

Nuclear Initiative to Shutdown California Nuclear Plants
1520. (11-0042) Nuclear Power. Initiative Statute. Summary Date: 11/18/11
Circulation Deadline: 04/16/12 | Signatures Required: 504,760
Proponent: Ben Davis Jr. (916) 833-7894

Extends statutory preconditions, currently applicable to new operation of any nuclear powerplant, to existing Diablo Canyon and San Onofre operations. Before further electricity production at these plants, requires California Energy Commission to find federal government has approved technology for permanent disposal of high-level nuclear waste. For nuclear powerplants requiring reprocessing of fuel rods, requires Commission to find federal government has approved technology for nuclear fuel rod reprocessing plants. Both findings are subject to Legislature’s rejection. Further requires Commission to find on case-by-case basis facilities will be available with adequate capacity to reprocess or store powerplant’s fuel rods. (11-0042 Full Text)

Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government:

Likely major impacts on state and local finances in the near term in the form of decreased revenues and increased costs, potentially in the billions of dollars annually, due to near-term disruptions in the state’s electricity system and ongoing electricity price increases. The magnitude of these impacts would depend on the frequency and duration of rolling blackouts. Potential major state costs to compensate utilities for investment losses resulting from the mandated shutdown of their nuclear power plants. Potential avoidance of significant future state and local government costs and lost revenues in the rare event of a major nuclear plant incident.

Rebuttal to Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance:
The Legislative Analyst’s Office would have us believe that nuclear power plants are too big to fail. Here at California Nuclear Initiative, we think not.

The fiscal analysis noted in this article is a nuclear industry dream come true. It is also false. The analysis suggests that, if the nuclear power plants are closed by an initiative it will cause rolling blackouts. However, the same analysis suggests that if the power plants are closed because of a nuclear accident, it will not cause rolling blackouts. The nuclear industry itself would never think it could get away with such nonsense. To have the state’s Legislative Analyst’s Office sign such a statement… the analysis should have been gift wrapped and place under the nuclear industry’s Christmas tree.

The LAO has no documentation from any state agency that blackouts will occur, but based this solely on a conversation with someone from the Independent System Operators — someone who refuses to state this on the record and refuses to be named. Luckily, the average voter in California is educated enough to see through such a smoke screen. It simply and graphically demonstrates that the energy industry and our state and federal governments are too closely allied.

When we closed the Rancho Seco Nuclear Power Plant, they said there would be rolling blackouts. They said there would be rolling blackouts for years to come in Japan. There were supposed to be rolling blackouts in California during the energy crises in 2000. These blackouts didn’t occur and there is documented evidence they won’t occur when we close California’s nuclear power plants. The facts of the matter show that the fiscal analysis’ claims we will have blackouts if the initiative passes, but not if we have a nuclear accident, is exactly and obviously the opposite of the truth.

The state has an entire year to prepare for this initiative. A nuclear accident doesn’t announce itself so one can prepare a year ahead.

Happy Holidays nuclear industry!

Ben Davis Jr., California Nuclear Initiative Proponent

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Note: this is an official petition for the State of California. You must be a registered voter of the State of California to sign it.

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