Sierra Club embraces the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) “Entering into Force” January 22, 2021.
Washington, DC — The Sierra Club hails the announcement from the United Nations that the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) is now international law, following the ratification of the treaty by Honduras, the 50th country to do so.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the WW II nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Sierra Club has joined with the Hibakusha Survivors in calling for the elimination of all nuclear weapons globally. Since 1945, nearly 100,000 nuclear weapons have been manufactured, costing trillions of dollars and destroying communities and the environment through the mining, refining, and weaponizing of uranium. The Sierra Club opposes the creation and testing of nuclear weapons and supports the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW).
Columbus, OH -- Just now, state legislators passed House Bill 6 out of the Ohio State House. HB6 repeals Ohio’s clean energy and efficiency standards while creating a new energy tax on all Ohio electric customers to bail out FirstEnergy Solutions Ohio nuclear power plants.
Ohio Clean Air Program” anything but clean
Earlier today, state legislators introduced a bill that effectively provides a financial bailout to two FirstEnergy nuclear power plants.
Earlier this morning, leaked details of a legislative nuclear bailout was reported by longtime energy reporter John Funk. It appears that the state legislature hopes to introduce a bill that will raise customers’ monthly electric bill in order to bail out old uneconomic nuclear plants.
In the first week of the legislative session, Rep. Carl Albrecht introduced HB 220 - Radioactive Waste Amendments, which provides for the disposal of higher classes of nuclear waste than is currently allowed by State law, including depleted uranium and Class B and C waste, at the discretion of the Director of the Division of Waste Management and Radiation Control.
WASHINGTON, D.C. --Today, the Trump Administration announced it would withdraw the United States from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty with Russia. The INF Treaty is one of the most successful nuclear weapons treaties, achieving the destruction of more than 2, 690 short and medium range missiles. As recently as 2017 the U.S. Department of Defense advised that the U.S. “should not unilaterally withdraw from the INF.”
Bloomberg reports that the Trump Administration is considering an order that would force grid operators across the country to buy electricity from failing coal and nuclear plants -- a move Bloomberg categorizes as “unprecedented intervention” into U.S. energy markets and an order that would raise electricity rates for Americans across the country.