At the last meeting of the Berlin Chapter of Democrats Abroad Germany the following resolution was passed:
To Democrats Abroad Berlin!
This resolution calls for phasing out the use of nuclear energy in the US. I respectfully submit it to the Berlin Chapter of Democrats Abroad Germany for approval and support in order to pass it “up the ladder” of our organization. Within that process we will grow and hopefully find alternative solutions for our energy crisis.
Resolution (Draft) of Democrats Abroad on responsibly phasing out the use of nuclear energy in the US and becoming independent from limited and non-renewable fuel.
Danger and Health (Whereas: )● Nuclear energy plants are highly susceptible to human error, interruption of energy supply, natural disasters and terrorist attacks. Almost 20% of the electrical energy in the US is produced by atomic power plants. In addition to the 104 operating atomic power plants another 20 are planned. ● Radiation accumulation is devastating to all form of life. ● The catastrophes of Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and Fukushima demonstrate how the technology of nuclear power is uncontrollable, dirty, poisonous and deadly. ● The safe and secure disposal of nuclear waste has never been solved and endangers present and future generations. Spent fuel of nuclear reactors is deadly and will be for thousands of generations
Cost and Investment (Whereas: )● The calculated cost of nuclear energy excludes the cost of nuclear hazards now and in the future. ● Nuclear energy is a highly profitable business in the US, yet companies supplying nuclear Energy go tax free. ● Necessary investments for developing clean and green energy are being diverted to nuclear energy. ● Nuclear energy is dependent on expensive, limited and non-renewable fuel.
Do’s and Don’ts (Be it Resolved: )● Immediately remove tax deduction for nuclear energy companies and redirect respective funds into green energy and into a green energy grid. ● Stop developing nuclear energy with taxpayers money. ● Secure running nuclear power plants against terrorist attacks. ● Build no new nuclear power plants on US soil. ● Phase out running US nuclear plants beginning with old nuclear power plants, those in earthquake-prone areas and all nuclear power plants not designed to withstand terrorist attacks or airplane crashes. ● Support research on clean and green energy for individual households, trade and industry, and develop programs and raise awareness about the necessity of reducing energy consumption. ● Implement tools of foreign policy to phase out nuclear energy on the planet. Create an independent expert commission to discuss the solutions involved in phasing out nuclear energy.
Passed on May 3, 2011 unanimously by the Berlin Chapter of Democrats Abroad Germany