Anti-nuclear groups in the United States

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More than 80 anti-nuclear groups are operating, or have operated, in the United States.[1] These include Abalone Alliance, Clamshell Alliance, Greenpeace USA, Institute for Energy and Environmental Research, Musicians United for Safe Energy, Nevada Desert Experience, Nuclear Control Institute, Nuclear Information and Resource Service, Public Citizen Energy Program, Shad Alliance, and the Sierra Club. These are direct action, environmental, health, and public interest organizations who oppose nuclear weapons and/or nuclear power. In 1992, the chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said that "his agency had been pushed in the right direction on safety issues because of the pleas and protests of nuclear watchdog groups".[2]

Some of the most influential groups in the anti-nuclear movement have had members who included Nobel Laureates (e.g., Linus Pauling and Hermann Joseph Muller). These scientists have belonged primarily to two groups: the Federation of American Scientists, and the Committee for Nuclear Responsibility.[3]

Specific groups[edit]

Groups include:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Many of these groups are listed at "Protest movements against nuclear energy" in Wolfgang Rudig (1990). Anti-nuclear Movements: A World Survey of Opposition to Nuclear Energy, Longman, pp. 381–403.
  2. ^ Matthew L. Wald. Nuclear Agency's Chief Praises Watchdog Groups, The New York Times, June 23, 1992.
  3. ^ Jerome Price (1982). The Anti-nuclear Movement, Twayne Publishers, p. 65.
  4. ^ Daniel Pope.Conservation Fallout (book review), H-Net Reviews, August 2007.
  5. ^ Alliance for Nuclear Accountability > Welcome
  6. ^ "Regulators criticize safety "culture" at San Onofre nuke plant". Archived from the original on 2012-09-13. Retrieved 2009-05-08.
  7. ^ Rochelle Becker (April 18, 2011). "Who would pay if nuclear disaster happened here?". San Francisco Chronicle.
  8. ^
  9. ^ "About the Arms Control Association | Arms Control Association".
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-10-14. Retrieved 2012-01-10.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ a b c d e f Lisa Lynch (2012). "'We don't wanna be radiated:' Documentary Film and the Evolving Rhetoric of Nuclear Energy Activism" (PDF). American Literature Ecocriticism Issue.
  12. ^ a b c Renee Parsons (2012-04-16). "No Nukes and Intervening Women". Huff Post Green.
  13. ^ Gary L. Downey. Ideology and the Clamshell Identity Social Problems, Vol. 33, No. 5, June 1986, p. 357.
  14. ^ Coalition Against Nukes
  15. ^ Trevor Jensen (April 13, 2010). "Robert A. Cleland, 1920–2010: Peace and anti-nuclear activist". Chicago Tribune.
  16. ^ The Committee for Nuclear Responsibility
  17. ^ John Gofman (USA) Archived 2008-11-22 at the Wayback Machine
  18. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k MBEAW. "Anti-nuclear Movement".
  19. ^ "Council for a Livable World". 15 December 2014.
  20. ^ Steve Cohn (1997). Too cheap to meter: an economic and philosophical analysis of the nuclear dream SUNY Press, pp. 133–134.
  21. ^ Wolfgang Rudig (1990). Anti-nuclear Movements: A World Survey of Opposition to Nuclear Energy, Longman, p. 402.
  22. ^ Steve E. Barkan. Strategic, Tactical and Organizational Dilemmas of the protest Movement Against Nuclear Power Social Problems, Vol. 27, No. 1, October 1979, p. 23.
  23. ^ EPS USA, History Archived 2009-04-14 at the Wayback Machine, accessed 1 March 2010
  24. ^ Robert Schwartz, 88, Broker and Promoter of Social Causes, Dies The New York Times, 19 May 2006.
  25. ^ Robert J. Schwartz (2002), Can you make a difference?: a memoir of a life for change, Lantern Books, ISBN 978-1-59056-032-7
  26. ^ "Plans for new nuclear reactors in S.C. challenged". Archived from the original on 2011-07-18. Retrieved 2008-11-15.
  27. ^ "Why a Future for the Nuclear Industry is Risky". Archived from the original on 2013-02-23. Retrieved 2008-11-15.
  28. ^ Nuclear Issues
  29. ^ IEER Publications
  30. ^ Science for Democratic Action
  31. ^ Clayton, Mark (2011-03-14). "Japanese nuclear reactor update: Amid signs of progress, new problems". The Christian Science Monitor. "There should be much more attention paid to the spent-fuel pools," says Arjun Makhijani, a nuclear engineer and president of the anti-nuclear power Institute for Energy and Environmental Research.
  32. ^ Davidson, Keay (1998-07-20). "Activists: Super-laser may bring tiny nukes". San Francisco Chronicle. ...says a report by physicist Arjun Makhijani and his colleague Hisham Zerriffi. They work at a leading anti-nuclear think tank, the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research in Takoma Park, Md.
  33. ^ Anti-Nuclear Group Fights Third Reactor
  34. ^ The Atomic West p. 208.
  35. ^ Nuclear commission rejects protest over California plant
  36. ^ Julia Hickey (April 17, 2001). "Anti-nuclear rally at Avila Beach". The Tribune. Archived from the original on 2012-03-22.
  37. ^ Commentary: Stealth nuke effort should be stopped
  38. ^ ""For What It's Worth," No Nukes Reunite After Thirty Years". Archived from the original on 2011-07-19. Retrieved 2008-11-15.
  39. ^ Musicians Act to Stop New Atomic Reactors Archived 2015-06-09 at the Wayback Machine
  40. ^ 19 anti-nuclear protesters cited at Nevada Test Site[permanent dead link]
  41. ^ Renee Parsons (2012-04-16). "No Nukes and Intervening Women". Huffington Post.
  42. ^ "New England Coalition on Nuclear Pollution". Archived from the original on 2008-02-25. Retrieved 2008-11-15.
  43. ^ Nuclear Agency's Chief Praises Watchdog Groups
  44. ^ Oldest operating US nuclear power plant shut down
  45. ^ Vermont Yankee's woes top list of year's big stories[dead link]
  46. ^ Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. "About the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation".
  47. ^ About us
  48. ^ [1]
  49. ^ About NIRS
  50. ^ Peace-Action About Peace-Action Archived 2011-07-09 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved June 19, 2007
  51. ^ Professional Groups Flocking to Anti-nuclear Drive
  52. ^ "Physicians for Social Responsibility". Archived from the original on 2008-11-16. Retrieved 2008-11-15.
  53. ^ "Pilgrim Watch – What citizens need to know".
  54. ^ Herbert Mitgang. Books of The Times; Shifting Causes: Updates From the American Left The New York Times, June 26, 1991.
  55. ^ [2]
  56. ^ About the Energy Program
  57. ^ The Fatal Flaws of Nuclear Power
  58. ^ Environmental group protests nuclear plant license renewal
  59. ^ Ann Morrissett Davidon (December 1979). "The U.S. Anti-nuclear Movement". Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. p. 46.
  60. ^ Brown, Jerry and Brutoco, Rinaldo (1997). Profiles in power: The antinuclear movement and the dawn of the solar age, Prentice Hall, pp. 63–64.
  61. ^ Lights Out at Shoreham: Anti-nuclear activism spurs the closing of a new $6 billion plant
  62. ^ Deadly Nuclear Waste Transport
  63. ^ NJ nuclear plant opponents appeal relicensing
  64. ^ Nuclear license renewal sparks protest
  65. ^ Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Archived 2008-10-14 at the Wayback Machine
  66. ^ "Nuclear Expansion". Archived from the original on 2008-03-12. Retrieved 2008-11-15.
  67. ^ Nashville preacher leads no-nuke push
  68. ^ [3]
  69. ^ "1601 Pennsylvania Ave".
  70. ^ Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control Archived 2008-12-23 at the Wayback Machine
  71. ^ Woo, Elaine (January 30, 2011). "Dagmar Wilson dies at 94; organizer of women's disarmament protesters". Los Angeles Times.
  72. ^ Hevesi, Dennis (January 23, 2011). "Dagmar Wilson, Anti-Nuclear Leader, Dies at 94". The New York Times.
  73. ^ [4]

Further reading[edit]

  • Falk, Jim (1982). Global Fission:The Battle Over Nuclear Power, Oxford University Press.
  • Jasper, James M. (1997). The Art of Moral Protest: Culture, Biography, and Creativity in Social Movements, University of Chicago Press, ISBN 0-226-39481-6
  • Natti, Susanna and Acker, Bonnie (1979). No nukes: Everyone's guide to nuclear power.
  • Ondaatje, Elizabeth H. (c1988). Trends in antinuclear protests in the United States, 1984–1987.
  • Peterson, Christian (2003). Ronald Reagan and Antinuclear Movements in the United States and Western Europe, 1981–1987.
  • Polletta, Francesca (2002). Freedom Is an Endless Meeting: Democracy in American Social Movements, University of Chicago Press, ISBN 0-226-67449-5
  • Smith, Jennifer (Editor), (2002). The Antinuclear Movement.
  • Wellock, Thomas R. (1998). Critical Masses: Opposition to Nuclear Power in California, 1958–1978, The University of Wisconsin Press, ISBN 0-299-15850-0

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