Berkeley Votes for a Nuclear Free California

The evacuation areas surrounding the Diablo Canyon and San Onofre nuclear reactors overlap L.A. and San Diego dense population centers. Both nuclear facilities are in tsunami zones and located near earthquake faults. The San Onofre reactors have the country's worst safety record. A growing state-wide movement wants them to be permanently shut down.

Nuclear Free California Movement Grows
This is edition presents historic videos of the Rally and Berkeley City Council vote on the resolution to call for the shutting down of California’s nuclear power reactors and a transition to clean, sustainable energy sources. Go to NuclearFreeCalifornia.org for resources to help organize your community on this issue.

Nuclear Free California Rally 6-19-2012
Berkeley Rally for a Nuclear-Free California
[ This video is the whole one hour rally. Links to short individual speaker clips are below for your convenience. ]
Citizens rally outside Berkeley City Hall before City Council considers a resolution to decommission California nuclear plants and transition to green non-nuclear generation sources. Speakers include Bob Meola, Member of the Berkeley Peace & Justice Commission and primary author of the resolution; Dan Ellsberg, former Department of Defense strategic analyst who released The Pentagon Papers and Fellow at the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation; Dan Hirsch, President of Committee to Bridge the Gap and former Director of the Program on Nuclear Policy at U.C. Santa Cruz ; Eco-philosopher and author Joanna Macy; and Jackie Cabasso of Western States Legal Foundation and Nuclear Free California.

The troubled San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station has the worst safety record in the country and has been shut since January 2012 due to malfunctioning steam replacement generators that may keep it permanently shut. Both San Onfore and the Diablo Canyon facility are in earthquake fault zones, and have a long history of not taking seismic vulnerability seriously. California’s numbers of intensely irradiated fuel rods in densely packed onsite pools are among the highest in the country.
Both the rally and the resolution were sponsored by the Berkeley Peace & Justice Commission.

Close California’s Nukes – Berkeley City Council
6-19-2012 – The Berkeley City Council passes a resolution to decommission California nuclear plants and transition to green non-nuclear generation sources that asks Governor Brown to call upon the California Public Utilities Commission to take action; urges President Barack Obama and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to reverse their support of nuclear power, stop loan guarantees to the nuclear energy industry, shut down nuclear facilities operating in seismically active areas of the U.S., establish a moratorium on building new nuclear reactors and investing in clean, renewable energy; and insists that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission withhold license renewal for Diablo Canyon and San Onofre Nuclear Power plants until seismic issues and offsite permanent storage are resolved.

Jackie Cabasso – – Nuclear Free California Rally
Jackie Cabasso of Western States Legal Foundation and Nuclear Free California speaks at the 6-19-2012 Nuclear Free California Rally in support of a Berkeley City Council resolution to shut down California’s nuclear reactors at San Onofre and Diablo Canyon.

Bob Meola – Nuclear Free California Rally
Bob Meola, Member of the Berkeley Peace & Justice Commission and author of the resolution. speaks at the 6-19-2012 Nuclear Free California Rally in support of a Berkeley City Council resolution to shut down California’s nuclear reactors at San Onofre and Diablo Canyon. Both the rally and the resolution were sponsored by the Berkeley Peace and Justice Commission.

Joanna Macy – Nuclear Free California Rally
Eco-philosopher Joanna Macy speaks at the 6-19-2012 Nuclear Free California Rally in support of a Berkeley City Council resolution to shut down California’s nuclear reactors at San Onofre and Diablo Canyon.

Dan Hirsch – Nuclear Free California Rally
Dan Hirsch, President of Committee to Bridge the Gap and former Director of the Program on Nuclear Policy at U.C. Santa Cruz , speaks at the 6-19-2012 Nuclear Free California Rally in support of a Berkeley City Council resolution to shut down California’s nuclear reactors at San Onofre and Diablo Canyon.

Daniel Ellsberg – Nuclear Free California Rally
Dan Ellsberg, former Department of Defense strategic analyst who released The Pentagon Papers and Fellow at the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, speaks 6-19-2012 at the Nuclear Free California Rally in support of a Berkeley City Council resolution to shut down California’s nuclear reactors at San Onofre and Diablo Canyon. Both the rally and the resolution were sponsored by the Berkeley Peace & Justice Commission.

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