Daily Archives: April 3, 2009

Greens Blast Move to Repeal IL Nuclear Moratorium

h/t to my co-blogger, Ian Wilder, who published this story at www.onthewilderside.com

Green Party blasts legislative move to repeal Nuclear Moratorium; Calls attempt an effort to undermine Renewable Energy

Green Party leaders condemned legislative attempts to repeal the Illinois moratorium against new nuclear production.  House Bill 875 and Senate Bill 2162 would delete the provision in state law prohibiting the construction of new nuclear facilities until the nuclear waste storage issue is resolved.

Nuclear power is bad for the economy, bad for the environment, and bad for the people of Illinois. We need to be phasing out nuclear production.  It is completely irresponsible for legislators to champion it.”

The Illinois Green Party pointed out that the expansion of nuclear production would undermine the 2007 Renewable Energy Portfolio standard law requiring that Illinois electric utilities produce 25% of their electricity from renewable sources by 2025 – and in the process, would be bad for job growth in Illinois.

“Renewable energy production and energy efficiency efforts create more jobs than nuclear production,” said William Edgar, DuPage County Green Party Chair.  ”And nuclear is more expensive to produce than wind or geothermal.  Nuclear power is bad for workers and bad for consumers.”  [read more]

Green Party electing campaign committees

The Green National Committee is currently voting to choose members of the Green Party’s Senatorial Campaign Committee and House Campaign Committee. This is a re-vote, occasioned by the failure to reach a quorum on an earlier vote.

Both the Senatorial and the House votes [read more]

Party for Socialism and Liberation members participate in gay rights march

From the Party for Socialism and Liberation:

As LGBT people around the country await the California Supreme Court ruling on the legality of Proposition 8, around 40 activists set foot on a five-day march from San Francisco to Sacramento to call for its repeal and to build solidarity with other communities.

Proposition 8 changed the California constitution to define marriage as only between one man and one woman, halting same-sex marriages in the state.

The march stepped off from Harvey Milk Plaza in San Francisco’s Castro district March 25 and ended on the steps of the Capitol building in Sacramento March 30. Members of the Party for Socialism and Liberation participated in the march and provided logistical support.

Walking through the rural Delta region, the activists were welcomed by farmers and workers in towns such as Locke, with a population of 80 people.

Locke resident Connie King, 87, expressed her solidarity by recounting a story of her struggle against anti-Chinese racism in Locke. She recounted how new white residents of Locke removed the toilets from old buildings in the 1970s because “they did not want to sit on toilets previously used by Chinese workers.” She left her house in the middle of the night and placed all of the old toilets in her front lawn, where she planted a garden in each. King’s message was clear: When people encounter bigotry, it is their duty to fight back in whatever way they can.

Read the full press release [read more]

Green running for Congress in Chicago participates in Wednesday night debate

Matt Reichel – the Green Party candidate for Congress in the April 7th special election in Chicago, who has previously been covered here and here -participated in a short televised debate against his opponents on Wednesday night.  Both the Democrat and Republican who [read more]