Nevada to the Union, “Why Should We Take Your Nuclear Waste?”

Date: 30 Aug 2004 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Note: This article was originally published in the April 2002 issue of Democratic Energy.

In a classic battle of state vs. Federal authority, Nevada faces country-wide opposition in its fight to prevent the nation’s nuclear waste from being shipped to a mountain 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas. Nevada has no nuclear reactors but will be home to radioactive wastes from the 31 states that do. Thirty-one states translates into 62 votes in the Senate, so Nevada faces an uphill struggle even if some of those Senators support its position.

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Crisis Should Spur Citizens to Take Control of Electricity System – Seeing the Light Press Release

Date: 9 Jun 2001 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States, Press Release | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

New Book Provides Concrete Examples of How to Regain Control and Reliability.  Few Americans feel they understand, let alone have any say over, the intricate forces that determine whether their lights go on. In today’s energy system, we have become utterly dependent on distant power plants, long-haul transmission lines, and unaccountable decision-makers.  Toregain reliability and peace of mind, according to a new book published by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR), citizens must take charge of their electrons.

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Solutions to Electricity Crisis

Date: 5 Jun 2001 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Themedia simply report on California’s shortfall of thousands of megawatts and limit the discussion to President Bush’s energy plan and Gov. Gray Davis’ plea for wholesale rate caps. They’re missing the real story. California may need thousands of megawatts of generating capacity in the long run, but the rolling blackouts hit only a few blocks at a time. This summers’ electricity crisis, therefore, isn’t going to be dealt with in Washington or even Sacramento, but at the local and neighborhood level.

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Democratizing the Electric System

Date: 25 Feb 2001 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Inthe beginning, before there were giant utilities and high voltage transmission lines, and state and federal regulatory agencies and rolling blackouts, companies didn’t sell electricity. They sold power plants. By 1883, the Edison Electric Illuminating Company (later General Electric) had installed 334 power plants inside cotton mills, grain elevators, manufacturing plants, newspapers and theaters.

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Bonding With the Next Generation

Sometimes doing the right thing is almost too simple. Requiring publicly funded construction projects to produce no net increase in greenhouse gas emissions is one example: it’s hard to find the down side. By David Morris… Read More

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