POWER STRUGGLE CONTINUES
A 4-Part Web Series About Nuclear Power and Environmental Justice
As a way to take a deeper look into the dimensions of the nuclear issue on a national level that were touched on in POWER STRUGGLE, Free Speech TV asked filmmaker Robbie Leppzer to produce and moderate POWER STRUGGLE CONTINUES, a four-part online web series originally aired on Facebook Live, which examines topics about nuclear power and questions of environmental justice.
In this series, Robbie Leppzer speaks with national nuclear safety watchdogs, grassroots activists, and representatives of communities directly impacted by the production of nuclear energy.
POWER STRUGGLE CONTINUES: Nuclear Waste (Episode 1)
Filmmaker Robbie Leppzer examines the long-term public health hazards from high-level radioactive waste generated from nuclear power plants, and specific proposals to site nuclear waste dumps in Latino and indigenous communities in New Mexico, Texas and Nevada. Program guests: Kevin Kamps, nuclear waste specialist at Beyond Nuclear, Ian Zabarte, Principal Man of the Western Bands of the Shoshone Nation of Indians in Nevada, and Rose Gardner, cofounder of Alliance For Environmental Strategies, based in New Mexico and Texas.
POWER STRUGGLE CONTINUES: Economics of Nuclear Energy (Episode 2)
Filmmaker Robbie Leppzer examines the economics of nuclear power and the prospects for renewable energy alternatives, how nuclear power is viewed within the climate justice movement, and how nuclear energy issues are covered in the mainstream media. Program guests: Harvey Wasserman, author of SOLARTOPIA!, Tim Judson, executive director of the Nuclear Information and Resource Service, and Libbe HaLevy, producer and host of the weekly podcast NUCLEAR HOTSEAT.
POWER STRUGGLE CONTINUES: Nuclear Safety (Episode 3)
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Filmmaker Robbie Leppzer examines current safety issues regarding nuclear power plants across the United States, particularly the 21 operating Mark One reactors that have the same design flaws as the Fukushima reactors that melted down in Japan, along with a look at the ongoing nuclear disaster at Fukushima itself. Program guests: nuclear engineer Arnie Gundersen and Maggie Gundersen, President of Fairewinds Energy Education (both are featured in POWER STRUGGLE).
POWER STRUGGLE CONTINUES: Indigenous Impact (Episode 4)
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Filmmaker Robbie Leppzer examines the public health consequences of uranium mining and proposed nuclear waste dumps on indigenous communities in the western United States. Program guests: Charmaine White Face (Oglala Tituwan), an activist with Clean Up The Mines, who is fighting to clean up abandoned open-pit uranium mines in South Dakota, and Leona Morgan (Diné/Navajo), who works with Diné No Nukes, Haul No, and the Nuclear Issues Study Group, based in Albuquerque to oppose nuclear waste dumps in New Mexico.