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E-M:/ Most nuclearized Great Lakes state votes for renewables over nuclear power 2-1
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Kraft, Director, Nuclear Energy Information Service - Chicago
As much as has been made by the
nuclear industry of its self-proclaimed "nuclear renaissance,"
and while many national polls purport that the public is allegedly
"warming" towards nuclear power, a piece of election data out
of Oak Park, Illinois demolishes these notions like a sledge hammer
between the eyes.
ILLINOIS SAFE-ENERGY REFERENDUM BACKS RENEWABLES OVER NUCLEAR
Green Candidate for the State Legislature Rita Sand Maniotis and others
worked to have the following referendum appear on the local ballot in the
three communities in Berwyn Township (Oak Park, Berwyn and
"Shall our elected officials in Illinois take steps to
phase out nuclear power in the state, replacing it with renewable sources
such as wind and solar?"
With 112 of 119 (94%) of precincts reporting, the preliminary
election results are as stunning as they are unambiguous: 31,586
(68.3%) YES; 14,676 (31.7%) NO. (Results from Cook County
The results are significant, coming as they do from 1.) the most
nuclear-reliant state in the USA, with 11 operating reactors; and
2.) communities which themselves are currently 75% reliant on nuclear
energy purchased by local utility Commonwealth Edison, a subsidiary of
the nation's largest nuclear utility, Exelon Corporation.
Prior to the election Maniotis arranged for a public debate on this issue
to help educate the local electorate about the initiative. The
debate consisted of a 4-person panel -- two in favor, two opposed to
nuclear power -- followed by a question and answer session. The
90-minute program was also audio-tape recorded, and aired on WLUW-FM
radio in Chicago prior to the election.
The panelists included Dr. Roger Blomquist and George Stanford, Ph.D.,
retired, both of Argonne National Laboratory -- both speaking in favor of
nuclear power; and Bob Cleland, North Suburban Peace Initiative, and Dave
Kraft, director of Nuclear Energy Information Service, speaking in favor
of alternative energy paths. Due to a pre-debate misunderstanding
panelist Cleland elected to not elaborate on the details pertaining to
the referendum, allowing the "pro" position twice the time to
make their case. NEIS director Dave Kraft promoted the national
Carbon Free-Nuclear Free agenda
http://www.carbonfreenuclearfree.org/ )as the viable and responsible
alternative to replace nuclear power.
After the debate a letter to the editors written by NEIS Board member
Dennis Nelson who attended the event appeared in the local Oak Park
While no one can say with any certainty whether the debate, the radio
broadcast, and the letter to the editors that appeared in the Oak Park
paper had anything to do with the outcome, what IS certain is that,
by a two-to-one margin, voters rejected nuclear power when
give the alternative of viable renewable energy resources.
Perhaps now elected officials will feel compelled to give it to
them. That's change you can believe in.
We thank Rita Sand Maniotis and the others who worked on this referendum
for their efforts. [NOTE: Ms. Maniotis can be reached at:
--Dave Kraft, Director, NEIS--
David A. Kraft, Director
Nuclear Energy Information Service (NEIS)
Mail & Street Address:
3411 W. Diversey, Ste. 16
Chicago, IL 60647 USA
(773)342-7650; -7655 fax