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40 Years Ago Today, We Changed the World (Part 5, Fighting the Battle Again)

Fukushima…contaminated a 11,500-square-mile area and required the permanent evacuation of 230 square miles…Dollars invested in conservation and renewables will reduce carbon up to 10 times as effectively and 40 times faster than dollars invested in nuclear.

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40 Years Ago Today, We Changed the World (Part 4: Shifts in the Culture)

Why were [nuclear accidents] suddenly newsworthy? …Odds are very good that it was because of Clamshell and the national citizen action movement it sparked. Those efforts caused a lot more people to learn about nuclear power, and to become scared, and to take action

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40 Years Ago Today, We Changed the World (part 2—Outside the Armories)

But Clamshell made an important strategic breakthrough: being against nuclear was far more effective if we were for something else.

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40 Years Ago Today, We Changed the World (part 1—Why We Occupied Seabrook)

About two thousand of us marched into the construction site, armed with such “dangerous weapons” as tents, sleeping bags, and healthy snacks…1414 of us formed our affinity groups into circles, linked arms, and refused to leave when the order to leave or be arrested was given.

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What Role Can Nonstrategic Mass Movements Play in Social Change?

mass action makes the most sense as part of a well-thought-out and multidimensional campaign. And yet, I’m more optimistic…about the power of a one-off mass action to build momentum for change

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Why Marketers and Activists NEED to REPEL Some People

Seabrook did go online, so we failed in our immediate goal. BUT… the opposition of Thomson and Loeb to our movement helped make it a mass movement, just as the overreaction against civil rights and anti-Vietnam War protestors helped those movements gain strength.

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Waste $92 Million? Sure, Says Entergy

And I’ll bet that Entergy will raise an argument on the order of “you can’t make us shut down, we just spent $92 million to refuel.” Since the company knew full well that this money could be completely wasted and went ahead anyway, I hope that Judge Murtha not only refuses to consider that line of “reasoning,” but makes sure the entire cost is borne not by innocent taxpayers and ratepayers of Vermont, not even by stockhoders who had nothing to do with this decision, but by the members of the Board of Directors who voted to squander this money, and to the executives that pushed for this vote.

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