In response to Steve Kirsch’s open letter recently posted here, BNC reader Gary Kahanak initiated the creation of an online petition to the White House calling for restarting the IFR program. He collaborated with Steve Kirsch, Tom Blees, Suzanne Hobbs and Tom Wigley to do this. The petition is now live.
This is in response to a brand new feature of the Obama Administration’s WhiteHouse.gov, called “We the People.” It’s an online petition forum in which any petition that garners 5000 signatures within 30 days will be considered and get an official response. Non-binding, but it’s a way to educate and be heard. The system encourages use of social media to gauge public support.
If you are a U.S. citizen (and I know more than 600 of BNC subscribers are), please show your support.
(I’d also encourage the LFTR molten-salt reactor advocates to initiate something similar — after all, why not get both technologies on the President’s desk?).
Also, please use your networks! Below are three possible sample emails that we are sending out to friends — choose the one that most suits your style, or put one together yourself.
Please sign the petition at http://wh.gov/47I to support a technology that will get rid of all our nuclear waste.
If this petition gets 5,000 signatures by October 29, 2011, the White House will review it and respond.
If you are concerned as I am about climate change and the world’s dependence on fossil fuels, then you need to know about a technology that can go a long way toward solving those problems. The Integral Fast Reactor (IFR) is an innovative nuclear power design that can be a real game changer. The IFR is ready to build now, but it has been stuck on the bottom shelf since 1994. That’s why I need your help.