|Worldwide Clean Energy Decline|
A new organization, Environmental Progress, calculates that the percentage of electricity generated by clean energy sources is on the decline world-wide. Fossil plants are being built all over the world. Yes, fossil plants are being built in the United States, too. Natural gas plants are being built here. The United States natural gas industry has tried to convince everyone that burning natural gas is good for the environment, but gas plants are still fossil plants.
Meanwhile, due to political (mostly) and economic (some) forces, nuclear plants are closing. More fossil plants are being built. Therefore, the percentage of electricity generated from clean energy sources--- is declining worldwide.
As nuclear closes down, wind turbines do not and cannot make up the loss. Fossil plants are doing it. In the Northeast: closing Vermont Yankee meant more gas was used, and this led to 5% more carbon dioxide emitted from the electricity sector in New England. That is what happens when a nuclear plant is closed.
The Purpose of the March
In response to the clean energy decline, three organizations are sponsoring a multi-day march in California, starting on June 24. As their website says:
Because the Stakes Couldn't Be Higher
The three sponsoring organizations are
Mothers for Nuclear
Save Diablo Canyon
Two other groups are marching with them:
Californians for Green Nuclear Power.
Thorium Energy Alliance
(It is wonderful to see several groups actively supporting nuclear energy. I hope this is a trend. They say trends often start in California.)
|From Mothers for Nuclear|
The march seems very well organized. Scroll down here to see the full official schedule, camping arrangements, etc.
- The march starts in San Francisco, with a march to Greenpeace and Natural Resource Defense Council headquarters.
- Then the march moves to East Bay, with camping near Lake Solano.
- Then the bicycle-city of Davis California.
- The march finishes at the State Capital, Sacramento, at a Lands Commission Meeting.
The State Lands Commission is considering whether to renew Diablo Canyon's permits for ocean intake and outfall pipes. The Land Commission permits expire six years before the NRC license would need to be renewed.
Not all of us can be in California, but we can all donate to the march. If you can attend, this is the signup sheet. The organizers are asking marchers to donate $25 a day for camping fees and food. Not all the marchers will be able to do this. Click the donate button on this page and perhaps donate enough for one camper for one day (or enough for two campers for two days, or...well, you get the picture).
Support the March!