Unplug Nuclear Power: Two years after FukushimaWritten by Toledo Free Press Writers | | firstname.lastname@example.org
To mark the second anniversary of Fukushima, on Monday, March 11, 2013, anti-nuclear activist from around the United States will mark the event by reducing their use of utility supplied electricity. In a push for our country to reduce its reliance on dangerous nuclear power, Unplug Nuclear Power is a direct action against utility companies by reducing household kilowatt-hours.
Unplug Nuclear Power is inspired by the Japanese who, as their country shut down their nuclear power plants in an immediate response to Fukushima, kept their country from undergoing power shortages predicted by the nuclear industry through conservation of electricity, says Joseph DeMare, the main organizer of the action. They proved that nukes are unessential. We can honor their sacrifices and follow their lead
“The Fukushima nuclear disaster of 2011 proved once and for all that nuclear power is too dangerous, too dirty, and too expensive to continue,” said DeMare. “An entire region of Japan, home to more than 200,000 people is now radioactively contaminated and is uninhabitable, probably forever. We cannot allow this kind of disaster to happen again. Yet, the electric utility companies continue to promote and use nuclear power. They value money over our environment or our personal safety. So, on March 11, we will punish them in the only way they understand, by denying them our money.”
Participants of Unplug Nuclear Power will boycott on various levels: Level 1, homeowners will reduce their electricity usage by about 10 Kilowatt hours (roughly one third for an average US household); Level 2, households will cut their power use in half (about 15 kWh) by severely restricting the use of lights, electronics and appliances; Level 3 will save 30 kwh by turning off grid power (CAUTION: this requires careful planning and can be life-threatening if improperly executed); Level 4, the homeowner will put more energy into the grid by using wind, solar or other renewable power.
Unplug Nuclear Power is endorsed by many very powerful voices in the anti-nuclear movement, including: Mothers For Peace; Beyond Nuclear; Coalition Against Nukes (C.A.N.); Dr. Helen Caldicott; Ohio Green Party; The Center for Health, Environment and Justice; and more.
According to DeMare, a conservative estimate of people who will actually turn out lights is 15,000. To estimate the amount of power actually saved in this first year, Mr. DeMare is applying the average level of participation amongst the people have signed up on the website. This produces an average savings of twenty-one kilowatt hours per participating household, multiplied by 15,000 participating households is an estimated 315,000 kWh saved. The average price of electricity in the U.S. is about twelve cents per kilowatt-hour right now. Based on these estimates, Unplug Nuclear Power will directly cost the affected US utility companies approximately $40,000 in lost revenue in one day.
“In this first year, there will be tens of thousands of people participating from coast to coast, and in other countries as well,” said Unplug Nuclear Power organizer DeMare, “but, just as the radiation from Fukushima will persist, so will we. We anticipate this action will grow in years to come. We can now build on the base we’ve established, so that next year we aim to have hundreds of thousands, then, millions. Then, we shut down nukes for good.”
More information can be found at www.unplugnuclearpower.com and on Facebook.