We are a group of independent scientists and conservationists in California and from around the world who are concerned that PG&E — under pressure from political officials — will close California's largest source of clean electricity: Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant.
We believe Californians are faced with an extraordinary opportunity to protect clean energy and win new coastal land conservation resulting from a settlement between the State and PG&E related to Diablo's once-through-cooling system.
Our work is made possible by the volunteer labor and support of concerned citizens, including Rachel Pritzker and Roland Pritzker. This is an independent effort that does not and will not accept funding from any individual or entity with a financial interest in Diablo Canyon.
We need your help. Please add your name to the growing list of scientists and conservationists urging Governor Brown, PG&E, and California officials to protect clean air and California's coastline. And please consider volunteering or making a donation.
Friends of Diablo Canyon Governing Board
Michael Shellenberger is coauthor of An Ecomodernist Manifesto, co-founder of, and Senior Fellow at, the Breakthrough Institute. In 2007, he received the Green Book Award and Time magazine's "Hero of the Environment." His recent TEDx talk is "How Humans Save Nature." Shellenberger's research is regularly cited and published in the New York Times, Slate, USA Today, Washington Post, and has appeared on The Colbert Report and CNN's Crossfire. His 2007 book with Ted Nordhaus, Break Through, was called "prescient" by Time and "the best thing to happen to environmentalism since Rachel Carson's Silent Spring" by Wired. His first environmental campaign was in the late 1990s when he helped the Headwaters Forest Coalition protect the last significant groves of old-growth redwoods still in private hands.
Rachel Pritzker is President and Founder of the Pritzker Innovation Fund. Rachel is on the boards of the Breakthrough Institute, Third Way, Center for Global Development, and Nuclear Innovation Alliance. Rachel is member of The Philanthropy Workshop and serves on the board of the Palm Center, a research institute that produces scholarship designed to enhance the quality of public dialogue about critical and controversial policy issues, such as gender and sexuality in the military. Rachel previously served as a founding board member of Media Matters for America and a founding board member of the Democracy Alliance, a partnership of business and philanthropic leaders committed to a stronger democracy by supporting progressive organizations.
Burton Richter is the Paul Pigott Professor in the Physical Sciences, Stanford University and Director Emeritus at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center. Richter received the Nobel Prize in Physics (1976) and the E. O. Lawrence Medal of the Department of Energy (1976). His research has centered on experimental particle physics with high-energy electrons and electron-positron colliding beams. He began as a post doc at Stanford University in 1956, became a professor in 1967, and was Director of the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center from 1984 through 1999. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical Society; a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and of The American Physical Society (President, 1994).
Dr. James Hansen, formerly Director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, is Adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, where he directs a program in Climate Science, Awareness and Solutions.. Dr. Hansen is best known for his testimony on climate change in the 1980s that helped raise awareness of global warming. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and has received numerous awards including the Sophie and Blue Planet Prizes. Dr. Hansen is recognized for speaking truth to power and for outlining actions needed to protect the future of young people and all species on the planet.
Peter H. Raven is one of the world's leading botanists and advocates of conservation and biodiversity. For four decades, he headed the Missouri Botanical Garden, an institution he nurtured into a world-class center for botanical research and education, and horticultural display. A Time magazine, "Hero of the Planet," Raven is the recipient of the International Prize for Biology from the government of Japan and the U.S. National Medal of Science, the country's highest award for scientific accomplishment. He has held Guggenheim and John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation fellowships. Raven served for 12 years as home secretary of the National Academy of Sciences and is a member of the academies of science in Argentina, Brazil, China, Denmark, India, Italy, Mexico, Russia, Sweden, the U.K., and several other countries.
Norris McDonald is founder and president of the African American Environmentalist Association, an organization dedicated to protecting the environment, enhancing human, animal and plant ecologies, and increasing African American participation in the environmental movement, and the Center for Environment, Commerce & Energy. McDonald worked at the Environmental Policy Institute from 1979 - 1986 (now Friends of the Earth). The AAEA has also sponsored creek walks, tours of inner city toxic waste sites, power plants, drinking-water plants, sewage treatment plants, and conservation farms, all with the idea of bringing together mostly white environmentalists with black inner city residents. McDonald won the Environment Magazine Award in 1991, the Conservation award from the National Wildlife Federation in 1997, and the Green Room Energy and Environmental Leadership Award in 2012. In December 2012 he was named one of Ebony magazine’s Power 100.
Kirsty Gogan, Co-Founder, Executive Director, Energy for Humanity, an energy and environmental organization working to meet the goal of universal access to clean and cheap energy. Kirsty is former senior advisor to UK Government, on industry, academic networks and non-profit organizations. She created the Low Carbon Alliance between the nuclear and renewables industries, representing more than 1,000 businesses and welcomed by Greenpeace. Leading the Government’s public consultation into the UK’s new build program she addressed public concerns about nuclear power and engaged anti-nuclear campaigners in a constructive dialogue process with Government that continues to this day. Kirsty created the first UK chapter of the global Women in Nuclear network, is a visiting researcher at Manchester University, and an independent advisor to Government.
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