Hi all
Below is a letter to editor published in today's AC Press; and also
the original letter I sent in.
Letter was also accepted for publication in the Gloucest County
Times, Courier Post and (edited down to 200 words) in the Star
Ledger.


Thanks
Norm

More nukes would divert us from right energy choices

Published: Tuesday, October 21, 2008

In the Oct. 7 presidential debate, while discussing how to reduce
the United States' dependence on foreign oil, Sen. John McCain
renewed his call for the massive construction of new nuclear power
reactors. Sen. Barack Obama, while attempting to say he was
concerned about nuclear-waste storage, indicated his support for
nuclear power as well. Obama has slowly drifted towards a pro-
nuclear power position during the presidential campaign.
Nuclear power can't help us reduce our oil imports, but spending
hundreds of billions of dollars on a few dozen new nuclear reactors
would divert the resources needed to address our fundamental energy
problems. We need to invest in energy efficiency, in solar, wave and
wind power, in hydrogen fuel cells, plug-in hybrid vehicles, in
distributed generation and smart electrical grids.
New Jersey is already leading the way by promoting wind power
projects along the Atlantic coast. But we can do more. Wind power
can be expanded to river inlets, the Delaware Bay and the Highlands
in northwest New Jersey. Solar panels and hydrogen fuel cells should
be mandated for all new government buildings, including schools, and
we should invest in retrofitting older government buildings with
solar and fuel cells.
And New Jersey should take this opportunity, as more and more clean
energy comes on line, to shut down our aging nuclear power plants at
Salem and Oyster Creek. They are an accident and a terrorist target
waiting to happen.
NORM COHEN

Coalition for Peace and Justice; UNPLUG Salem Camapign; 321 Barr
Ave, Linwood NJ 08221; 609-601-8583

10/12/2008
To: Editor, Atlantic City Press:
In the October 7th Presidential debate, while discussing how to
reduce the United States' dependence on foreign oil, Senator McCain
renewed his call for the massive construction of new nuclear power
reactors. Senator Obama, while attempting to say he was concerned
about nuclear waste storage, indicated his support for nuclear power
as well, Obama has slowly drifted towards a pro-nuclear power
position during the Presidential campaign.
But nuclear power does little to lower our dependence on foreign
oil. Very little oil is burned to produce electricity, outside of
Hawaii, which uses oil for about 90% of its electrical energy needs.
Cars, trucks and home heating oil would be the places one should go
to reduce oil usage. We should be mandating that all cars built or
imported into this country get at least 35 miles per gallon. We
should provide tax incentives to car manufactures so that they can
afford to produce cars that get 50 or 60 miles per gallon. We should
provide tax rebates to folks who buy high-mileage cars. By cutting
oil usage this much, we can stop buying it from countries that
support our enemies.
Nuclear power can't help us reduce our oil imports, but
spending hundreds of billions of dollars on a few dozen new nuclear
reactors would divert the resources needed to address our
fundamental energy problems. We need to invest in energy efficiency,
in solar, wave and wind power, in hydrogen fuel cells, plug-in
hybrid vehicles, in distributed generation and smart electrical
grids.
New Jersey is already leading the way by promoting wind power
projects along the Atlantic coast. But we can do more. Wind power
can be expanded to river inlets, the Delaware Bay, and the Highlands
in northwest New Jersey. Solar panels and hydrogen fuel cells should
be mandated for all new government buildings, including schools, and
we should invest in retrofitting older government buildings with
solar and fuel cells. Zoning laws should be written that require any
new "mcmansions, " or other energy hog buildings, be built with solar
panels and fuel cells, to reduce the pressure on our base load
generation of electricity.
And New Jersey should take this opportunity, as more and more
clean energy comes on line, to shut down our aging nuclear power
plants at Salem and Oyster Creek. They are an accident and a
terrorist target waiting to happen.


Norm Cohen

321 Barr Ave, Linwood NJ, 08221
609-601-8583
(Norm Cohen is the Coordinator of the UNPLUG Salem Campaign, which
watchdogs the Salem and Hope Creek nuclear power plants.)