Return of the No Nukes Y’All Jamboree, Aug. 29

Sat. Aug. 29, 5:00-11:00 pm at the Land Trust

by Stephen Wing (as published in the Lake Claire Clarion, Aug. 2015)

As a board member of both Nuclear Watch South (NWS) and the Lake Claire Community Land Trust, I’m proud to invite my neighbors to NWS’s 4th annual No Nukes Y’all JAMboree fundraiser at the Land Trust starting Saturday, August 29. Your $10  donation and purchase of food and drink will power NWS through another year of exposing and opposing the dangers of nuclear technology around the Southeast.

August is a big month for Nuclear Watch South, as it is the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. A delegation of Atlantans will observe the occasion in Oak Ridge, Tenn., where the Hiroshima bomb was constructed, on Saturday, August 8. Closer to home, on the evening of Sunday, August 9, NWS will host the annual commemoration of Nagasaki Day in the Rose Garden at the Carter Center – remembering a tragedy, but also drawing deep sustenance and hope for a non-nuclear world through song, dance, poetry and prayer in a powerful circle of sharing. All are welcome.

For the entire month of August, Nuclear Watch South will be the featured “Be the Change Partner” at Sevananda Natural Foods. Stop in and round up your purchase amount to support that clean and peaceful future we are all working towards!

And to finish the month in style, we party! Copious Jones headlines the JAMboree with its original hometown rock ‘n ’ roll sound. Other musical offerings include the Ex-P.A.N.D. Band, featuring neighbor Bill Fleming, the vivacious Aviva and her Flying Penguins, and that special brand of comedy, politics and music, The Pacha Mamas. Once again our famous homemade burritos will be on the menu, along with donated ones from Decatur’s Raging Burrito and other yummy selections. Walking neighbors are especially welcome.

Founded in Atlanta in 1977, Nuclear Watch South is a grassroots organization confronting the disproportionate role of the southeastern U.S. in nuclear energy and weapons production (and pollution). Since last year’s JAMboree, the group has continued its campaign to shut down construction of two additional reactors at Plant Vogtle, located in a poor black community on the Savannah River in Burke County near Augusta.

Because no bank is foolish enough to risk financing a nuclear power plant, the Georgia Assembly committed your money to the project through legalizing “CWIP” – Construction Work in Progress, an escalating tax on every Georgia Power electricity bill. You have effectively been captured as an investor without your consent, insulating Georgia Power from risking its own money. If and when the reactors go online, Georgia Power and its shareholders will reap the guaranteed profit. NWS’s petition calls out this un-democratic and anti-capitalist enterprise has gathered 1,000s of signatures. You can add your name at www.nonukesyall.org.

Nuclear Watch South is also intervening to stop Plant Vogtle before the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) to cancel the reactors under construction. In June, NWS Coordinator Glenn Carroll testified before the PSC as an expert witness, proving with Georgia Power’s own data that the new reactors are unneeded. The company’s annual report data, filed with the federal Securities & Exchange Commission, show that Georgia Power’s current market demand uses only 58% of its capacity, far below the national average, and that sales have remained flat for a decade despite the company’s forecast of rising demand.

Of course there are myriad environmental reasons for not going further down the nuclear path. Besides the unacceptable risk of nuclear meltdown the additional reactors would use as much water as the entire city of Atlanta, Savannah and Augusta every day and add to the unsolved problem of nuclear waste, which remains deadly for thousands of years into the future.

Nuclear power plants are famous for going over budget and falling behind schedule. The Vogtle expansion is no exception. Not quite one quarter complete, it has cost almost $6 billion so far, including $2 billion in cost overruns, and is projected to wind up costing $12 billion more. Construction delays have put it three years behind.  For comparison with those numbers, Ms. Carroll challenged Georgia Power and the PSC to research what the cost of cancellation would be. Under Georgia law, the PSC may cancel the project if it is not in the best interests of Georgia Power’s customers, which it clearly is not.

We hope you will help us, and it’s really easy!!! Come on over to the Land Trust and party with us! While you’re there, you can sign the petition and sign up to get involved. Or just eat another burrito and enjoy dancing to the music at the fabled Land Trust.

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