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The US and Russia possess 93% of the world’s approximately 16,300 nuclear weapons. While about 6,300 await dismantlement around the world, 4000 are operationally available. An estimated 1800 remain on high alert, ready to launch on short notice. The US nuclear fleet rests not only at 12 sites in 11 US states, but also at 6 sites in 5 different European countries. Russia is more opaque about the locations of its nuclear weapons but is estimated to have permanent storage at 40 locations within the country.
Nuclear weapons can never be used. There is no such thing as a limited nuclear war. A full scale nuclear war between the US and Russia would lead to nuclear winter — a new ice age, killing most humans and and other complex life forms on earth. A nuclear war fought with just 1% of deployed, operational, nuclear weapons could lead to the deaths of close to 1 billion people from nuclear famine.

map6 million Americans live within the current 10 mile evacuation zone for US reactors; over 120 million live within the 50 mile evacuation zone required for US citizens in Japan during the Fukushima nuclear disaster. First Responders have consistently stated that while US evacuation plans exist, none are implementable. How close do you live to a nuclear power reactor?

Wind FarmIn order for nuclear power to have the most minimal impact on climate change, 1600 new reactors would have to be built, and the aging existing 400 replaced. 3 nuclear reactors would have to be built every 30 days for 40 years, which not only is clearly impossible, but in that time any window for slowing climate change would have closed.

Uranium cakeThe cold war sites are aging badly. With no realistic way to clean up the radioactive waste from Cold War weapons production, sites like Hanford, SRS, Rocky Flats, and others continue to leak deadly wastes creating an ongoing environmental and public health hazard. Do you live near an aging Cold War weapons site?

There have already many nuclear reactor and related accidents. Shockingly, alleged watchdog agency- the IAEA, does not keep a complete historical database but many have been compiled. While the best known are Chernobyl, Three Mile Island, and Fukushima, there have been many others. As the world’s nuclear fleets age it is irresponsible and dangerous to think there will not be more.
Currently, there are approximately 72,000 metric tons of nuclear waste piled up at 75 sites in the US with nowhere to go and no viable plan. In 50 years time when the US reactors are all shut down it is estimated that there will be 139,000 metric tons of orphaned spent nuclear fuel from reactors alone — stacked in overfilled fuel pools or in “temporary” storage. Much of this waste will remain, in human terms, forever deadly. Where is it going to go? Click here to find out more and join us in making a difference.