Kristin Zaitz and Heather Matteson, the founders of Mothers for Nuclear, sent the following message to their colleagues and other people that have signed up for their mailing list because they are deeply concerned about the fate of one of the best located, robustly designed, and carefully maintained power plants in the country.
Heather gave me permission to share this with Atomic Insights readers since some may not yet be on the Mothers for Nuclear mailing list.
Friends and co-workers,
We trust by now you have read Michael Shellenberger’s email from earlier today [May 30]. We all know that PG&E will soon need to announce whether or not Diablo Canyon will pursue re-licensing. We can only suspect that the path has been chosen, and that we are all being led down it. We do not know exactly when the path will end. But before we reach the end, even if it’s in sight, we still have time for a course-correct.
While all of us are upset to hear that PG&E may have made a decision, We hope you are also mad. Mad that our amazing plant could be shut down. And mad that there is still such controversy around the value that Diablo Canyon provides by cleanly powering nearly ten percent of our state.
Michael’s message may be a good indication of which direction the wind is blowing, but this is not over yet. PG&E has not announced a decision. There is still time to make a difference.
Diablo Canyon can still be saved, but only if Diablo Canyon workers and pro-nuclear environmentalists step it up. If we don’t stand up for Diablo, who will?
We are seeing a huge response to the upcoming March for Environmental Hope. Participants from threatened nuclear power plants across the country have already contacted us to register. Big names like Gwyneth Cravens and Richard Rhodes will take to the streets with us.
Governor Brown is the one we have to reach. He cares about climate change. He knows he was wrong to oppose Diablo. Now, Governor Brown can save Diablo. He’s not up for re-election. He’s not raising money. He’s in a position to do what’s right.
Why will we win? Because the universe bends toward justice. Because when Californians are asked to think about it, they love nature, and believe in science.
We can continue to speculate about the closure of Diablo Canyon, or we can do something about it. I know what I am going to do. I will march. Will you?
Please join us tomorrow evening [May 31 at Tap it Brewery at 5:30 pm] to find out more.
Kristin & Heather