Monday, April 30, 2007

No Nukes: 30 years later

The collapse of the nuclear-power industry began 30 years ago today when authorities arrested 1414 members of the Clamshell Alliance at a nuclear construction site in Seabrook, New Hampshire.

The day is recalled in news stories in the Associated Press, the Portsmouth Herald, the Eagle-Tribune, and the Boston Globe (related Globe story here).

The industry sank under hundreds of billions of dollars of nuclear cost overruns nationwide. But it was not faceless economic forces that felled nuclear power.

Away from the marshes of Seabrook, a citizens' movement took aim at the industry's Achilles' heal and won. The strategy was to cut the nukes off from the public money supply, and in town meetings and elections and legislatures and utility commissions across the country the industry fell hard. It still has not recovered.

Though the press chose to cover this anniversary as a local story, it marks a truly democratic moment in American history.

Update: More coverage at the Newburyport Daily News.


Anonymous said...

"No Nukes" has lead to more globe warming as we have moved away from zero emissions energy source to carbon based fuels. Great job.

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