Dear Friends:

Below is a press release that went out October 7, announcing the Sustainable Energy Blueprint. There should no longer be any doubt that addressing the climate crisis and achieving energy security can be done without use of nuclear power. In fact, far from helping with climate change, increasing the use of nuclear power would make it more difficult to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in a timely manner and at a realistic cost. Our choice is clear: we can address the climate crisis or we can have more nuclear power. We canít do both. Fortunately, the choice is an easy one.

If your organization would like to sign on to the Sustainable Energy Blueprint, please contact Ken Bossong at kbossong@hotmail.com. A formatted version of the Blueprint is available on NIRS website (www.nirs.org).

Individuals: donít forget to sign the Petition for a Sustainable Energy Future at http://www.nirs.org/petition/index.php?r=ft and invite your friends and colleagues to sign as well!

Thanks!

Michael Mariotte, Nuclear Information and Resource Service

145 Organizations Release "Sustainable Energy Blueprint" To Phase Out Nuclear Power, End Energy Imports, And Slash Greenhouse Gas Emissions

WASHINGTON DC -- Today, 145 businesses, environmental organizations, and other groups (representing 37 states) released the "Sustainable Energy Blueprint" - a policy paper that outlines a "plausible strategy for achieving a no-nuclear, low-carbon, highly-efficient and sustainable energy future."

It provides a timeframe and series of policy recommendations for rapidly expanding the use of energy efficient and renewable energy technologies to enable a dramatic reduction in greenhouse gases while simultaneously phasing out nuclear power and ending most energy imports.

The "Sustainable Energy Blueprint" argues that three primary, longer-term objectives for the nation's energy policy should be:

1.) reducing greenhouse gas emissions to a level consistent with a world-wide goal of global climate stabilization (assumes curbing U.S. CO2 emissions by 60-80% from current levels by mid-century);

2.) eliminating U.S. energy imports (i.e., oil and natural gas - now 58% and 15% respectively), while reducing overall use of oil and natural gas;

3.) phasing out the current generation of nuclear power while substantially curbing the production and consumption of fossil fuels, by increasing the use of energy efficiency and making a transition to sustainable, environmentally safer renewable energy sources.

Towards this end, it suggests a 2025 energy scenario in which total energy use is reduced by 20%, renewable energy provides more than 20% of domestic energy supplies, natural gas imports are eliminated, oil imports are cut by more than 40%, greenhouse gas emissions are 20% below current levels, and nuclear power is almost completely phased out.

By 2050, the "Sustainable Energy Blueprint" envisions a domestic energy mix in which energy efficiency improvements have reduced energy use from present levels by 40%, renewables account for at least half of total energy supplies, greenhouse gas emissions have been slashed by two-thirds from 2005 levels, fossil fuel imports have ceased, and nuclear power is no longer in use.

The authors of the "Sustainable Energy Blueprint" acknowledge that the mix of options presented are intended to be illustrative and is by no means the only combination by which the Untied States could achieve a sustainable energy future.

In the coming months, as additional institutional sign-ons continue to be solicited, the "Sustainable Energy Blueprint" will be forwarded to government officials, candidates for elective office, and other persons/institutions that are looking for ideas on how to advance a sustainable energy agenda. This will be an on-going effort over the next two years - at least through the 2008 presidential election.

The full text of the "Sustainable Energy Blueprint," including a state-by-state listing of the organizations that have signed to date, follows (and is attached along with the text of this news release).

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** The Sustainable Energy Network is a network of 300+ organizations, businesses, and individual advocates promoting aggressive deployment of renewable energy and energy efficient technologies as a strategy for phasing-out nuclear power, eliminating energy imports, and making deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions.

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Download .pdf version of blueprint here

SUSTAINABLE ENERGY BLUEPRINT

A PLAUSIBLE STRATEGY FOR ACHIEVING A NO-NUCLEAR, LOW-CARBON, HIGHLY-EFFICIENT AND SUSTAINABLE ENERGY FUTURE

The following statement outlines an ambitious but doable strategy for dramatically reducing U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, phasing out nuclear power, and ending energy imports while simultaneously creating new domestic jobs and businesses, improving energy, homeland, and national security and the economy, and enhancing the environment and public health.

Objectives:

The three primary, longer-term objectives for the nation's energy policy should be:

1.) reduce greenhouse gas emissions to a level consistent with a world-wide goal of global climate stabilization (assumes curbing U.S. CO2 emissions by 60-80% from current levels by mid-century);

2.) eliminate U.S. energy imports (i.e., oil and natural gas - now 58% and 15% respectively), while reducing overall use of oil and natural gas;

3.) phase out the current generation of nuclear power while substantially curbing the production and consumption of fossil fuels, by increasing the use of energy efficiency and making a transition to sustainable, environmentally safer renewable energy sources.

Targets:

The following targets approximate what is technically and economically feasible given the necessary policy support and leadership as well as what would likely be necessary if the above-listed objectives are to be achieved.

By 2025

1.) reduce total energy consumption by at least one percent/year from 2005 levels, through efficiency improvements in housing, manufacturing, vehicles, airplanes, government facilities, and businesses, so that by 2025, U.S. energy use totals no more than about 80 quads.

2.) increase from 2005 levels, production of renewable energy from biofuels, biomass, geothermal, hydropower (and other water power sources), solar, and wind plus renewably-based hydrogen - in an environmentally responsible manner - by about 0.5 quads/year so that by 2025 renewables provide at least 17 quads.

3.) phase out the current generation of nuclear power plants by not relicensing currently existing reactors and not building new ones.

4.) reduce oil consumption by at least one percent/year below 2005 levels so that by 2025, U.S. oil imports are no more than one-third of total petroleum use.

5.) reduce natural gas consumption by one percent/year below 2005 levels so that by 2025, the U.S. will no longer be importing any natural gas.

6.) reduce coal consumption by at least one percent/year below 2005 levels

7.) reduce carbon dioxide and other GHG emissions by at least one percent/year so that by 2025 they are at least 20% below current levels.

By 2050

1.) continue to reduce total energy consumption by at least one percent/year below 2005 levels through efficiency improvements so that by 2050, total U.S. energy use is no more than 60 quads.

2.) continue to expand use of renewable energy sources by at least 0.5 quads per year from 2005 levels so that by 2050, renewables contribute at least 30 quads to the nation's energy supply.

3.) continue to reduce oil consumption by at least two percent/year below 2005 levels so that by 2050, oil imports will be eliminated and total oil use is no more than one-fifth of today's levels.

4.) continue to reduce coal consumption by at least one percent/year below 2005 levels and phase out all single-cycle pulverized coal power plants, so that by 2050, coal consumption is no more than one-third of today's levels.

5.) continue to reduce natural gas consumption by about one percent/year below 2005 levels so that by 2050, natural gas consumption is one-third below today's levels.

6.) continue to reduce carbon dioxide emissions so that by 2050, they are no more than one-third of current levels.

Tables:

The following tables provide estimate of what the nation's energy mix would be if the above-listed targets are realized.

2005 Energy Consumption (quadrillion BTUs) 23.0 - Coal 16.5 - Oil (Domestic) 23.0 - Oil (Imports) 19.0 - Natural Gas (Domestic) 3.5 - Natural Gas (Imports) 8.0 - Nuclear 7.0 - Renewables 100.0 - Total CO2 Emissions - 6,000 million metric tons

2025 Energy Consumption (quadrillion BTUs)

18.0 - Coal 15.5 - Oil (Domestic) 11.5 - Oil (Imports) 18.0 - Natural Gas (Domestic) 0.0 - Natural Gas (Imports) 1.0 - Nuclear 17.0 - Renewables 81.0 - Total

CO2 Emissions - <4,800 million metric tons

2050 Energy Consumption (quadrillion BTUs) 8.0 - Coal 8.0 - Oil (Domestic) 0.0 - Oil (Imports) 14.0 - Natural Gas (Domestic) 0.0 - Natural Gas (Imports) 0.0 - Nuclear 30.0 - Renewables 60.0 - Total CO2 Emissions - 2,000 million metric tons

Proposed Policy Initiatives:

The following policy initiatives are not exhaustive but are illustrative of the type necessary to realize the targets and objectives outlined above.

1.) By 2025, fuel economy standards for cars and trucks should be at least double what they are today, beginning with a 50% increase in fuel economy for new vehicles by the year 2015.

2.) By 2025, total annual person-miles traveled by automobile and truck should be back to levels no higher than today through expansion of mass transit, better land use planning, telecommuting, etc.

3.) By 2025, no less than 25 percent of the nation's liquid transportation fuels should be provided, or displaced, by renewable sources, including renewably-generated hydrogen.

4.) By 2025, no less than 25 percent of the nation's electricity should be mandated to be generated by renewable energy sources and increased by at least one percent/year thereafter.

5.) By 2025, state and/or federal standards should mandate that the energy efficiency of appliances, motors, and lighting should be improved by no less than 20 percent as measured on a total fuel cycle basis.

6.) By 2025, state and/or federal standards should mandate that 20 percent of all new buildings must be zero energy buildings (moving twoards a goal of all new buildings being zero energy by 2050), using a combination of efficient design and clean on-site energy production;

7.) By 2025, energy use in the electricity sector should be reduced by at least 10 percent through the use of clean distributed generation such as combined heat & power, district energy, fuel cells, and improved energy storage and transmission technologies.

8.) Energy efficiency resource standards for electric and gas utilities should be established with a target savings of at least one percent of annual sales each year, on an incremental basis, such that savings build on previous years' impacts.

9.) Expansion of renewable energy, energy efficiency and clean distributed generation technologies should be promoted through national interconnection standards i.e., (net metering and transmission access reforms), production and investment tax incentives, government procurement, updated resource assessment, and state and local planning programs.

10.) Annual federal funding for the research, development, and deployment of energy efficient and renewable energy technologies should be at least doubled over the next five years and expanded to no less than five times current levels by 2025.

11.) Funding to support sustainable energy budget outlays and tax incentives, as well as to alleviate low-income consumer impacts, should be drawn from a mix of gradually increased dedicated taxes on carbon-based fuels, energy imports, and fossil fuel leases on federal lands.

12.) Any new coal-based powerplants should be required to achieve energy efficiency and environmental performance equal to, or better than, the best-available Integrated Combined Cycle Coal Gasification technology, and must include full and permanent carbon capture and sequestration.

13.) Unless all of the following conditions are satisfied, licenses for existing nuclear power plants should not be renewed or extended and federal nuclear funds should be directed towards plant decommissioning and waste clean-up, storage & disposal:

a) greenhouse gas emissions from the nuclear fuel cycle are reduced by 60 percent;

b) designs are developed for passively-safe reactors that cannot melt down, explode, or release radioactivity, under any conditions, including direct hits from bombs, aircraft impacts, earthquakes, floods, or terrorist acts;

c) radiation exposure standards are established that ensure no radiation exposure hazards to workers or the public;

d) waste handling and disposal technologies are developed that preclude the need for long-distance waste transport or long-term storage;

e) fuel cycle and waste handling technologies are developed that preclude any risk of nuclear weapons proliferation or theft of potentially fissionable materials; and

f) private liability per nuclear power plant under the Price-Anderson Act is increased to no less than $50 billion.

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ENDORSEMENTS TO DATE:

ARIZONA

Airwaterearth Org. Frank C. Subjeck

Ecosa Institute William Ozier, Operations Manager

High Performance Building Team Tom Kociemba

North East Arizona Energy Services Company Larry E. Bell, President

Solar Institute Paul Huddy, Director

Sustainable Arizona John F. Neville, President

ARKANSAS

Arkansas Renewable Energy Association William Ball

CALIFORNIA

Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility Rochelle Becker, Executive Director

American Association for Fuel Cells Thomas Dickerman

American Society of International Law - International Environmental Law Group Dr. Wil Burns, Co-Chair

California Communities Against Toxics Jane Williams, Executive Director

Community Environmental Council Tam Hunt

Donald Aiken Associates Donald Aitken, Ph.D., Principal Barbara Harwood, Co-Principal

Environmental Priorities Network Lillian Light, President

Geothermal Education Office Marilyn Nemzer, Executive Director

Global Possibilities Casey Coates Danson, President

Loving Earth Gardens Nicole Paul, Co-director

Occidental Arts and Ecology Center Phil Tymon

organicARCHITECT Eric Corey Freed, Architect - Principal,

Redwood Alliance Michael Welch

San Luis Sustainability Group Kenneth Haggard, Principal

Sierra Solar Systems Jonathan Hill, Solar Applications Engineer

Sustainable Energy Solutions Bernhard O. Voelkelt

Tahoe Solar Designs Leslie Ames

Tri-Valley CAREs (Communities Against a Radioactive Environment) Marylia Kelley, Executive Director

COLORADO

Colorado Energy Group George Burmeister, President

Clean Energy Action (of Colorado ) Leslie Glustrom

EarthNest Institute Nicole V. Langley, Director

Jews Of The Earth Daniel Ziskin, PhD; President

StEPP Foundation Bruce Dines

SunJuice Solar LLC Alison Mason, Owner

CONNECTICUT

Canton Advocates for Responsible Expansion, Inc. Jane Latus

Environmental Energy Solutions Joel N. Gordes

People's Action for Clean energy Judi Friedman, Chair

DELAWARE

Green Delaware Alan Muller, Executive Director

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Environmental & Energy Study Institute Carol Werner, Executive Director

Greenpeace U.S.A. John Coequyt

New Uses Council William Holmberg, Executive Director

Public Citizen's Critical Mass Energy Project Michele Boyd

The Stella Group, Ltd. Scott Sklar, President

SUN DAY Campaign Ken Bossong, Executive Director

Throwplace.com/Throwplace Ltd. Donna Lomangino, President

FLORIDA

Safe Earth Alliance Dr. Dorthy K. Cinquemani, Chair

Space Coast Progressive Alliance Cammie Donaldson, President

Windhunter Corporation David Nicholson, President

GEORGIA

Nuclear Watch South Glenn Carroll, Coordinator

IDAHO

Snake River Alliance Jeremy Maxand, Executive Director

ILLINOIS

Chicago Media Watch Margaret Nagel

New Community Project David Radcliff, Director

No New Nukes Carolyn Treadway

Nuclear Energy Information Service Dave Kraft, Director

KANSAS

Kansas Natural Resource Council Robert Haughawout, President

KENTUCKY

Coalition for Health Concern, Inc. Corinne Whitehead

Yggdrasil (project of Earth Island Institute) Mary Davis, Director

LOUISIANA

Alliance for Affordable Energy Linda Stone, Executive Director

Louisiana Solar Energy Society Jeff Shaw, Director

MAINE

Cheaper, Safer Power William S. Linnell, Spokesperson

Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space Bruce K. Gagnon, Coordinator

Maine Solar Energy Association Richard Komp PhD, President

MARYLAND

Anacostia Watershed Society Robert E. Boone, President

Chesapeake Wind & Solar LLC Richard E. Deutschmann, PE, Principal Partner

MD-DC-VA Solar Energy Industries Association Peter Lowenthal, Director

Maryland United for Peace and Justice, Inc. Paulette Hammond, Co-convenor

Nuclear Information & Resource Service Michael Mariotte, Executive Director

Nuclear Policy Research Institute Julie R. Enszer, Executive Director

MASSACHUSETTS

C-10 Foundation Sandra Gavutis, Executive Director

Cape & Islands Self-Reliance Richard Lawrence, Director of Special Projects & Education

Chris Fried Solar Chris Fried, Principal

Citizens Awareness Network Deb Katz

Northeast Organic Farming Association / Mass Chapter Julie Rawson, Executive Director; Frank Albani, President

Northeast Sustainable Energy Association Nancy Hazard, (former) Executive Director

Solar Design Associates, Inc. Steven and Marilyn Strong, Principals

MICHIGAN

Citizens' Resistance at Fermi Two Keith Gunter

Coalition for a Nuclear Free Great Lakes Michael J. Keegan

Don't Waste Michigan Alice Hirt, Corrine Carey

Home for Peace and Justice Joan McCoy, Co-ordinator

Michigan Environmental Council Lana Pollack, President

MINNESOTA

Prairie Island Coalition Bruce A Drew, Steering Committee

MISSOURI

Missourians for Safe Energy Mark Haim

MONTANA

Oasis Montana Inc. Chris Daum

Sunelco, The Sun Electric Company, Inc. Tom Bishop, President

NEVADA

Aqua Sun International Greg Hanson, President

Citizen Alert Peggy Maze Johnson, Executive Director

Nevada Conservation League Scot Rutledge, Executive Director

Nevada Nuclear Waste Task Force Judy Treichel, Executive Director

NEW HAMPSHIRE

RenewableEnergyAccess.com Jim Callihan, President & CoFounder

Roy Morrison & Associates, LCC Roy Morrison

NEW JERSEY

Coalition for Global Warming Solutions Carlos Rymer

Coalition for Peace and Justice UNPLUG Salem Campaign Norm Cohen, Director

NEW MEXICO

ABUZZ Media Robert Andruszkiewicz

Citizens Nuclear Information Center Lee Cheney, Founder

Rainshine Unlimited LLC Rain Lee

Sustainable World James C. Wernicke, P.E., LEED AP; President

NEW YORK

Bright Power Inc. Jeff Perlman, President

Citizens Regional Transit Corporation Gladys Gifford, President

Council on Intelligent Energy & Conservation Policy Michel Lee, Esq.; Chairman

Eco-NRG Ron Leonard Owner

Law Offices of Stephen Filler Stephen Filler

New York Solar Energy Industries Association Christine Donovan, Executive Vice President

Renewable Energy Long Island Gordian Raacke, Executive Director

Rochester Solar Technologies LLC Shawn Lessord, President

Rockland Friends United for Safe Energy Susan Shapiro, Esq.

Salem Financial, Inc J. Peter Lynch, President

Solar and Wind FX Inc. Chris Schaefer

SustainableBusiness.com Rona Fried, President

Tristate Solar Inc Douglas F Roether V.P.; N.Y.C. Licensed Master Electrician

Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo Justin S. Booth MS

NORTH CAROLINA

Canary Coalition Avram Friedman, Executive Director

Charlotte Area Green Party North Carolina Green Party Kathryn Kuppers, Clerk

EnergyXchange Sarah Hoyle

Long Branch Environmental Education Center Art Horn, President - Board of Directors

North Carolina Citizens Research Group Wells Eddleman, Staff Scientist

Unitarian Universalist Church of Asheville Jean Larson, Peace and Environment Team co-chair

OHIO

Farmers Green Power Harvey Wasserman

Ohio Partners for Affordable Energy Dave Rinebolt, Executive Director and Counsel

R.A.Energy International, Inc Qadwi Bey

OKLAHOMA

Bergey Windpower Co. Mike Bergey, President

OREGON

3EStrategies Cylvia Hayes, Executive Director

PENNSYLVANIA

Citizen Power David Hughes, Executive Director

Common Sense Energy James Friar

Concern About Radiation In the Environment Karen Prather

EFMR Monitoring Group Eric Epstein, Coordinator

SunPower Builders Jon Costanza

Three Mile Island Alert, Inc., Kay Pickering and Bill Cologie

RHODE ISLAND

U.S.A. Nica Windpower, Inc. Wm. Wharton Smith III

SOUTH CAROLINA

Carolina Peace Resource Center Allison Peeler, Nuclear Issues Coordinator

UTAH

Shundahai Network Pete Litster, Executive Director; Eileen McCabe, Associate Director

VERMONT

Global Resource Options, Inc. Jeffery D. Wolfe, P.E., Vice President

New England Coalition Sally Shaw

Sustainable Energy Resource Group Bob Walker

Vermont Energy Investment Corporation Beth Sachs, Executive Director

Vermont Solar Energy Association Clay Turnbull

VIRGINIA

Bob Lawrence & Associates Bob Lawrence, President

Collaborations Scott Denman

Precursor Systems, Inc. Aviv Goldsmith, President

WASHINGTON

Black Mountain Technology Susan Petty

Port Orchard United Methodist Church Rev. C. Scott Harrison

Waste Action Project Greg Wingard, Executive Director

WISCONSIN

Citizens Utility Board of Wisconsin Charlie Higley, Executive Director

Great Northern Solar Christopher LaForge

Midwest Renewable Energy Association Tehri Parker, Executive Director

Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation Janet Brandt, Executive Director