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Anti Nuclear, Clean Energy Movement

The biggest success of the clean energy anti-nuclear movement is in the awakening of public awareness of both renewable energy and energy efficiency, and of the lies of the nuclear lobby.

The nuclear industry’s big lie about its “renaissance” is apparent. Not democracies, only totalitarian States now can start nuclear projects using public money. Women are far more opposed to nuclear power, and their opinions have great effect in democratic countries.

The nuclear industry can no longer apply those terms “clean”, “safe” “economic” “renewable” to nuclear projects –  people just laugh!

As well as in this intangible area of public awareness, the success of the clean energy anti nuclear movement is apparent in more clear and concrete ways. (Even in awareness, the public opinion polls record the increasing unpopularity of the nuclear industry)

Successes of the anti- nuclear movement
– (some inadequate, but moving in the right direction)

1961 – 1980  Japan 34 towns and cities rejected nuclear plants

1963 International  Partial  Nuclear Test ban Treaty

1968  International Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty

1970s  USA Plans for “neutron bomb” abandoned –

1971Australia. Anti nuclear campaigns led to abandonment of planned Jervis Bay nuclear power plant

1973  Spain and France Abandonment of nuclear reactors planned in Basque Country (Spain and France)

1974- France ends atmospheric testing of atomic bombs in the Pacific

1975  Germany Cancellation oo  proposed nuclear power plant in Wyhl,

1970s – 1980sPhilippines  Bataan Nuclear Power Plant,   was built but never operated

1976- 1983  USA 92 nuclear plant projects cancelled.  For many years the anti-nuclear movement in the United States  succeeded in delaying or halting commitments to build new nuclear plants

1979 USA Anti-nuclear power protests preceded the shutdown of the ShorehamYankee RoweMillstone IRancho SecoMaine Yankee, and about a dozen other nuclear power plants

1980s Britain, & Europe Removal of cruise missiles from Britain, abandonment of plan for Pershing missiles based in Europe

1980s – late 1980s India. Protests in Kerala force closure of plan for nuclear power plant

1984 New Zealand bans nuclear-power ships, nuclear armed ships

1987 – New Zealand declared nuclear free zone

1988 Germany. Protests led to abandonment of plan for nuclear reprocessing plant in Wackersdorf.

1991 Germany – Two fast breeder reactors   were closed

1991 Kazakhstan “Nevada Semipalatinsk” campaigns resulted in the closure of the nuclear test site at Semipalatinsk, in north-east Kazakhstan,

1996 – France stops atomic bomb testing in the Pacific

1998Australia.  Public opposition forces abandonment of Pangea Resources, to establish an international  nuclear waste dump in Western Australia.

2000sUSA Many license applications for proposed new reactors, suspended or cancelled

2002  – Germany legislated for the shut-down of all German nuclear plants by 2021.

2011Germany   May 30, 2011 –  Germany’s 17 nuclear power stations will be shut down by 2022

2011Switzerland bans all new nuclear power.

2011 Italy – 94% anti-nuclear vote in referendum . Moratorium on new nuclear power

As of June 2011, countries such as AustraliaAustriaDenmarkGreeceIrelandItaly, Latvia, Lichtenstein, LuxembourgMaltaPortugalIsraelMalaysiaNew Zealand, and Norway remain opposed to nuclear power.[



  1. Nuclear has it’s place. I don’t agree that it is a reliable source of energy to moving us into the future, I understand some may have already read this but I still like to pass it around in different forums for a remembrance. “Energy will be the immediate test of our ability to unite this nation, and it can also be the standard around which we rally. On the battlefield of energy we can win for our nation a new confidence, and we can seize control again of our common destiny. Our excessive dependence on OPEC has already taken a tremendous toll on our economy and our people. It’s a cause of the increased inflation and unemployment that we now face. This intolerable dependence on foreign oil threatens our economic independence and the very security of our nation.
    The energy crisis is real. It is worldwide. It is a clear and present danger to our nation. These are facts and we simply must face them.” Jimmy Carter 1976

    Comment by Jeffrey W. Lakatos | January 10, 2012 | Reply

    • Sounds as if Jeffrey W Lakatos is having a bet each way here.
      I would have thought they he, being involved in the solar industry, – – would be more courageous in looking to the future. As solar and other renewable forms become cheaper, and as energy conservation really takes off – there will be no need for nuclear energy. And what could be more “energy security” than the sun and wind on one’s own patch, rather than having to import uranium, and have the problem of toxic radioactive waste?

      As it is, nuclear really has no long term future. But even I can see that the phaseout must be done carefully, and employment opportunities provided for workers in the industry.
      All the same, the nuclear industry will come to a sudden stop after the next, inevitable, nuclear accident.

      Comment by Christina MacPherson | January 10, 2012 | Reply

  2. Well, if this
    is going to happen then we should either find a bunker for the planet or shut down nuclear plants, as fast as we can.

    Comment by Sara Branco (@barasof) | March 12, 2012 | Reply

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