SDIPN will once again be hosting a Left Forum panel. The theme for 2017 is “The Resistance.” Our panel is entitled, “Nuclear Power is Dead. Time for a Just Transition.” The panel is scheduled for Sunday, June 4th 12 Noon — 1:50PM, in room 1.65. Our scheduled panelists will be Estela Vazquez, Exec. VP of 1199 SEIU, and Alfred Meyer, Co-Chair of the Radiation and Health Committee of Physicians for Social Responsibility. SDIPN Co-Chairs Catherine Skopic and Carl Lundgren will facilitate and make presentations.
Visit www.leftforum.org to register.
Here is the panel abstract from the Left Forum website:
“Nuclear power has come to the end of it’s long, destructive road. The industry itself acknowledges this in it’s own publications and analyses but the public is still being conned — through editorials, op-eds, and propaganda — into believing it’s still necessary as a bridge to clean, green alternative energy sources. One of the tactics they use repeatedly is to shift the discussion to the “devastating” impact closures would have on workers, their families and communities, pitting labor against potential allies among activists for social, economic, political and environmental change. The issue has become even more contentious with states such as NY spending billions on bailing out aging, failing nukes instead of developing programs for a “Just Transition.” Our panel will discuss what a program for a genuine Just Transition would look like; one that would ensure employment for workers, security for their families, and stability for affected communities. We will encourage participants to offer their suggestions and ideas. Using the Indian Point nuclear facility as an example, we’ll provide the verifiable facts and figures that counter the misinformation we’re being fed, and explain how the money being misused for bailouts would be put to better use in the transition to a nuclear and fossil-fuel free future.”
March 11, 2017 marks the sixth anniversary of the Great Earthquake and the disaster at Fukushima. We are fortunate and honored to host Dr. Gordon Edwards for our Fukushima program this year on March 10, 7 pm at the Goddard Riverside Community Center in NYC, 593 Columbus Avenue. He will also be presenting on March 11, 1:30 pm at the Peekskill Presbyterian Church, 705 South Street.
Dr. Edwards is renowned for his knowledge on the nuclear fuel cycle. He will be talking with us about Rolling Stewardship – how to best store high level radioactive waste. This topic is particularly timely since the closing of Indian Point in four years moves us quickly towards decommissioning and what to do with the tons of high level waste stored there. There is more high level radioactive waste stored at Indian Point than there was in all the spent fuel pools at Fukushima. Please mark your calendar for this important event and enjoy the interview of Dr. Edwards on the “Nuclear Hotseat.”
What Does a Just Transition Look Like; How Do We Get There?
SDIPN at the Left Forum Conference 2016
Saturday, May 21st, 12:00 PM – 1:50 PM
John Jay College, 524 W. 59th St. New York, NY / Rm 1.87
There has been much talk in recent years about Just Transition: providing training and employment for workers moving from the fossil fuel and nuclear industries into new green, alternative, sustainable jobs. It sounds great. We seem to have a vague idea of what Just Transition means but how we get there still needs a lot of work and planning. A program for just transition needs to be developed with the help of environmental activists, workers, and elected officials. Our panel will ask the questions and try to provide some of the answers and requirements for creating the framework to take Just Transition from a vision statement to a reality.
Catherine Skopic: Chair SDIPN Legislative Committee
Carl Lundgren: Chair SDIPN
Susan Shapiro: Attorney, Hito-Shapiro Law
Sean Sweeney: CUNY Murphy Institute, Respondent
Please register online at www.leftforum.org
Via SDIPN member Marty Rajandran: “3 March action at NYC City Hall ‘ARE RECENT leaks of radioactive Tritium a danger to NYC water supply?’ A group of about 25 called on Mayor Del Blasio to support an independent investigation on the recent multiple accidents at Indian Point, Nuclear Power Plant, 25 miles from NYC. Already affected are groundwater around Indian Point and the Hudson River. Entergy says that there is no threat to public health! Do we really believe this? Is this a threat to NYC water supply? And what about other towns along the Hudson?…..Its time to shut it down. Mayor, join our call, that of millions of NYers, including the Governor, to say SHUT IT DOWN NOW. Call your local council member to support Resolution 0694: Shut Down Indian Point.”
The SDIPN Annual Meeting took place at the Church of St. Paul And St. Andrew on West 86th St. this past Saturday, Feb. 27th. An annual business meeting in February was established at our January meeting, along with two other scheduled meetings that will take place in late May and late October.
The main order of business was the election of officers for the 2016 term. Officers are elected to one year terms and may serve three consecutive terms.
Re-elected were Chair, Carl Lundgren and Treasurer, Ann Eagan. John Reynolds, who had served as Secretary, was elected to the new office of Corresponding Secretary. In a vote taken prior to the election, a proposal to divide the office of Secretary into the offices of Corresponding and Recording Secretaries was approved by consensus. No candidate came forward to run for Recording Secretary so John will assume both positions until a candidate can be found. Continue reading
[The following opinion article is a rebuttal to one posted by Frank Fraley that posted on February 4, 2016 in the Norwood News. ]
(Op-Ed) Indian Point’s 100% Replacement Energy in Place Now – to Power the Bronx and All of New York City
By CATHERINE SKOPIC
We applaud Governor Andrew Cuomo’s support for the closure of the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant. As he has clearly stated there is no evacuation plan and it is too close to New York City. No need to worry. New York City does not need Indian Point to keep our lights on.
New York State energy regulators have already evaluated any potential reliability issues that could occur when Indian Point is closed and created a plan to ensure they are addressed: the Indian Point Replacement Contingency Plan is already being implemented by Con Edison and the New York Power Authority.*(Nuclear Information and Resource Service http://www.nirs.org) Continue reading
Just before the start of the SDIPN General Meeting on Jan. 3rd, Linda Perry-Barr of WBAI interviewed SDIPN members Tony Gronowicz, Catherine Skopic and John Reynolds for the Morning Show. Click on image below to listen: