In December 2018, the Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) and Green Party of the United States (GPUS) requested the United Nations to take over the crippled nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (Fuku) in Japan.
Fukushima credit: Digital Globe via Wikimedia Commons
Involvement by the GPPA was initiated by Tom Bailey, a Green Party member from Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. Bailey had been a student at Elizabethtown College in 1979 and was evacuated from campus during the meltdown of the nearby nuclear reactor at Three Mile Island. Since then, Bailey, now a father of three, has been concerned about the effects of the accidental release of radiation on future generations and sees the Fukushima accident and continued contamination as a serious threat.
Tom Bailey said:
“The Japanese government has dumped one hundred tons of fresh water into each reactor daily. These tons of water sink through the former Fuku reactors’ floors, join the ground water below and seep into the Pacific Ocean only yards away. Dumping radioactive waste into the ocean is illegal, and its effect on the global food chain will be devastating to all life on Earth for generations.”
GPPA has requested that the UN take action, including a new UN General Assembly resolution which would authorize the IAEA to “physically occupy nuclear facilities” when the situation there is “out of control.”
The letter states:
“The adults alive today must take responsibility to care for radioactive materials for what could be thousands of years. Because our generation consumed the electricity, our generation must be responsible for what we benefited from. We [should not] selfishly burden future generations.”
Neal Gale, the GPPA 2018 candidate for U.S. Senate, said recently:
“During the six decades that nuclear reactors have been used to generate electric power — the first coming on-line in Shippingport, PA, in 1957 — proponents have claimed safe and efficient operations providing inexpensive power for unlimited economic growth. The truth is something else!”
The United Nations Human Rights Council had ordered a reduced level of radiation exposure must be achieved on behalf of the residents of Japan. The Green Party requested that these radiation reduction levels must be achieved before the 2020 Summer Olympic Games are opened.
The Green Party is an independent political party that stands in opposition to the two corporate parties. GPPA candidates promote public policy based on the Green Party four pillars: grassroots democracy, nonviolence, ecological wisdom, and social justice/equal opportunity.
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