Nuclear power is a risky and expensive way to boil water to generate electricity. Though nuclear power plants do not release carbon dioxide like coal plants, they do release radioactive and hazardous materials, including long-lived, highly radioactive waste, that threaten our security, jeopardize our health and pollute our natural resources. The consequences of an accident, such as the ongoing Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan, or terrorist attack at a nuclear power plant could be devastating. Nuclear reactors are also incredibly water intensive, depleting limited and precious water resources. Building new nuclear plants to address global warming would be a waste of valuable time and money, given the many more effective and affordable energy choices available.
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SACE Press Release: Taxpayers Kept in the Dark Over Vogtle Loan Guarantee Risks -- SACE Files Appeal Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (and former Campaign for a Prosperous Georgia & Georgians for Clean Energy) has a long history challenging Plant Vogtle in Burke County, Georgia along the Savannah River. That involvement continues as we challenge the proposed expansion at the state and federal level.…
News: PSC Commissioners Fail to Protect Consumers -- Again Approve Advanced Cost Recovery for FPL's Nuclear Pursuits & related SACE blog post SACE's involvement in advancing a clean energy future for Florida goes back many years, but in 2006 our work took a new turn as the Florida State Legislature passed an energy bill that included anti-consumer legislation (nuclear cost recovery) that allowed utilities…
What is a small modular reactor (SMR)? If you ask the non-profit, non-partisan taxpayer watchdog group, Taxpayers for Common Sense, SMRs are a taxpayer boondoggle. In fact, in February 2013 they awarded "The Golden Fleece" to the Department of Energy for federal spending on small modular reactors. But according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), small modular reactors are new reactor designs, not yet…
The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy along with partners across the Southeast are working with the Union of Concerned Scientists through the Energy & Water in a Warming World Initiative (EW3) to highlight the energy water nexus. In July 2013, the EW3 initiative, led by the Union of Concerned Scientists, released a dynamic new report, Water-Smart Power: Strengthening the U.S. Electricity System in a…
It has been nearly three years since the tragic Fukushima nuclear disaster occurred in Japan. The ongoing situation is far from stable, and an upgraded emergency status in August 2013 indicates that it may be years before this dangerous situation is brought under control. The nuclear crisis in Japan is affecting the world -- it is clearly a shared problem with no easy solution…
In theory, government energy subsidies - whether for oil, coal, nuclear or renewable energy sources - are intended to help the poor by lowering the price. In reality, though, subsidies often benefit the wealthy, especially the producers themselves and pave the way to dirty energy. While some 'smart' subsidies, such as targeted tax breaks, financial incentives or other market mechanisms may benefit the economy…
Nuclear power is a risky and expensive way to boil water to generate electricity. Though nuclear power plants do not release carbon dioxide like coal plants, they do release radioactive and hazardous materials, including long-lived, highly radioactive waste, that threaten our security, jeopardize our health and pollute our natural resources. The consequences of an accident or terrorist attack at a nuclear power plant could…
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This in-depth CNN news report documents local citizens' concerns with the proposal to build two new nuclear reactors at Southern Company's Plant Vogtle near Waynesboro, Georgia and highlights the health concerns the Shell Bluff community faces. The community is concerned about high rates of cancer, among other issues, and questions whether new reactors will add to their burden.