The nuclear industry and its associations MUST engage the grassroots public
in order to rebuild public policy!
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Atoms for Peace Redux, Revisiting
President Eisenhower’s 1953 United Nations Speech
Why did we miss the boat?
What have we done by allowing politics and media to discredit nuclear energy technology over the past 50 years while saving millions of lives through radiation treatments? It is an embarrassment to our country whose ingenuity developed the nuclear age. President Eisenhower defined the nuclear age in 1953. His “Atoms for Peace” speech was delivered to the United Nations on December 8, 1953. Eisenhower spelled out the necessity of re-purposing existing nuclear weapons technology to peaceful ends “it must be humanity's goal to discover the way by which the miraculous inventiveness of man shall not be dedicated to his death, but consecrated to his life.”
Government and the industry worldwide must rebrand President Eisenhower’s Message “Atoms for Peace”. Clean nuclear has provided nearly 20% of our nations electrical power over the past 50 years. Plant upgrades have increased production output efficiency by 20% without adding new plants. Radiation technology has extended millions of lives through cancer treatments. We have to teach the grassroots that nuclear power is a renewable energy provider. In 1983, Dr. Cohen proposed that uranium is effectively inexhaustible, and should therefore be considered a renewable energy. The public seldom realize that our largest body of uranium exists in seawater, it is extractable and this research continues. Similar efforts continue with our research of reprocessing nuclear waste. The biggest task remains, How do we educate the grassroots public?
Rebrand, Reuse, Recycle
Our USNEF presentation to the Advanced Reactor Technical Summit III has helped us focus more on the detail and programs we can produce for nuclear technology worldwide. The current discussion is indicative that public grassroots outreach is of growing importance to public awareness. In order to advance this messaging, we hope to rebrand nuclear power by developing cooperative programs with the industry.
Why is engaging the public important? Congress and senate are educated by industry lobbyists, advisors, etc. What the industry and stakeholders should consider is, when Senators and Congressman return home for Constituent visits, an educated public on nuclear technology and many ISSUES may be just as important as the beltway influence of lobbyists and advisors. This way, our representatives get an opinion from the business community in D.C. and their constituent community at home. It is increasingly important that constituents engage our representatives. Community friendly is, "a place where people balance truth".
The world discussion of climate change, from all causes, must include nuclear power. Sixteen states continue to have restrictions against the construction of new nuclear plants. This arithmetic is not political, it is fact. We must realize that goals for clean air and clean rivers from pollution caused by coal fired plants CANNOT be met without developing new nuclear power. Our mission has to rebrand nuclear outreach advocacy.
It is very important to accept the nation's need for a national nuclear repository. We are spending the rest of this year pitching the NEED for grassroots education about nuclear technology. There is NO best place on earth for a repository, there has to be a reasonable place and this requires an educational outreach to the grassroots public.
USNEF has hand delivered educational information on the
Yucca Mountain Nuclear Repository to many of the Presidential Candidates
2016 is bringing USNEF to a new direction, rebrand, redirect, renew. This year our mission is to
enlighten our grassroots public about next generation nuclear technology.
The world discussion of a low carbon energy portfolio must include nuclear power. Nuclear energy is the largest contributor of America’s low-carbon energy footprint. Nuclear plants provide 63% of the zero-carbon electricity generation. Sixteen states continue to have restrictions against the construction of new nuclear plants. This arithmetic is not political, it is fact. We must realize that carbon emission reduction goals CANNOT be met without developing new nuclear power. Our mission has to rebrand nuclear outreach advocacy.
A REVELATION of TRUTH
Aside from our nations need for a national repository, our presentation at Oak Ridge identified a growing need for the industry to recognize and address a new need for grassroots public policy. For a decade the US Nuclear Energy Foundation has been an advocate of nuclear energy technology and completion of the Yucca Mountain study for America’s nuclear waste. Our mission has been three-fold: 1) Inform Nevada political and national stakeholders that our foundation supports completion of the Yucca Application Review Process. 2) Inform the nuclear industry, associations and business stakeholders that a community friendly process will come through grassroots education. 3) Inform our citizens on the facts of the Yucca science & engineering research. See our list below, A Decade of Outreach on nuclear energy advocacy.
Our mission is to establish truth, character and integrity in the materials we produce. Character and integrity must be at the forefront of every facet of government, agencies and business.
OUR OPINION STATEMENTS
There is no best place on earth to store nuclear waste. So, a resolution has to be accepted for 2nd, 3rd, or 4th best place and we need to move onward. A reassessment of what we have and a public educational program that will engage the public.
There is significant theoretical science which indicates that within 30 years 4th generation molten salt reactors will be capable of converting-burning all of our nuclear waste into safe carbon free power. The objection, that nuclear waste needs safe storage for thousands of years is soon to be eliminated. Regardless of this, the need for a repository continues to exist for a 6% remaining of burnt or reprocessed waste.
Our governmental agencies and National Laboratories are established and designed to serve America’s public. Political representatives are for the oversight of “our agencies” NOT micro-management of them. We have to rebrand our grassroots communications from partisan politics to “issues education” and separate science & engineering from bureaucratic micro management.