Notes from the Field, Weeks 7 & 8

A frenzied two weeks of meeting community leaders, touring nuclear plants, and knocking on more than 6000 doors has helped ramp our campaign in Ohio up to full speed.  The team successfully hosted events with Perry Nuclear Plant workers, community members in Mentor and Akron. Additionally, the team contributed to an extremely successful event in Columbus at the Ohio State House, which had several legislators, experts, union leaders and hundreds of people interested in Ohio nuclear energy in attendance.  With these successes, we look forward to continuing the fight to save Nuclear in Ohio and across the country. Continue reading

Notes from the Field, Week 6 - Ohio Expansion

As we finish out Week 6, we bring to you the first Gen A field report from our new homes in Mentor and Akron. With Eric, Tay, Grant, and Sam rotating home for a week to work remotely (and sleep in non-inflatable beds), the organizers stepped up their leadership as Gen A expanded its efforts to two new sites of action and staffed a Rapid Response team. Their efforts have been nothing short of admirable. Despite bringing on new canvassers and moving to a new location (Akron) not in the shadow of a cooling tower, the field team has continued to defy expectations with a near-60% supporter conversion. As the field team continues to up its intensity on the doors and bring back stellar supporter conversion rates, we rapidly lay the groundwork to move forward and pass legislation to save Davis-Besse and Perry. Continue reading

Developer's Blog 2

We’ve been busy on the ground trying to save nuclear plants in Ohio, but we’re still adding features, actions, and constantly improving our app, Atomic Action. (Did you download it yet?) This next update is going to be our biggest one yet.  We’re introducing something we’re calling "Weekly Sprints".  Every week you have the opportunity to climb the leaderboards and be the top nuclear advocate!  Here’s a run down. Continue reading

Notes from the Field, Week 5 - Sandusky, OH

This field report comes to you just one day after the closure of another nuclear power plant was announced-- Three Mile Island.  Without legislation to correct a distorted energy market from subsidies and fracking, nuclear plants will continue to struggle in deregulated markets.  Without nuclear energy, communities will lose their life blood, and more kids will get asthma.  And without Generation Atomic, these communities may struggle to find their voice before it’s too late.  That’s why this week was so important.   People power.  That’s what we proved in Ohio’s 89th District.  When a talented team dedicates almost every waking moment to giving the communities around these nuclear plants a voice-- they are heard.  The video of Rep. Arndt publicly proclaiming his support for saving Davis-Besse makes clear the power that 1100 handwritten postcards can have.  Watch for yourself.   The first phase of our first campaign is in the books.  Now, we move to other parts of Ohio to ratchet up the pressure on more legislators that are critical to saving Davis-Besse. Continue reading

Notes from the Field, Week 4 - Sandusky, OH

As week 4 comes to a close we find ourselves at the peak of our organizing and canvassing game, but with a murkier legislative pathway to victory. On Thursday, hearings on the ZEN bill were suspended, despite sending nearly 1000 postcards to local representatives about the importance of the legislation to Ohio's jobs, schools, energy security, and environment. Next month we look to other regions of Ohio critical to keeping these two plants running.   Continue reading

Notes from the Field, Week 3 - Sandusky, OH

Week 3 is in the books and we continue gaining momentum.  It’s becoming clearer to everyone who hears about the issue the magnitude of the jobs and clean energy at stake.  Hopefully the legislators in Columbus will understand the gravity as well. Continue reading

Notes from the Field, Week 2 - Sandusky, OH

Week 2 is in the books, and morale remains high.  On a typical morning you can find three Gen A team members doing yoga, another making breakfast for the team, and two others poring over a map and hatching the plan for the day.  Make no mistake-- this work is hard, and we all know what’s at stake for this community and the environment if we can’t get the ZEN bill passed-- knowing this, and knowing that the guy across the street has your back makes the 7th hour of canvassing in 45 degrees and rain just a little easier. Here’s our second field report. Continue reading

Developer's Blog 1

Howdy folks, Welcome to the first edition of the Generation Atomic developer’s blog, our periodic update about our technology, smartphone app, and all things digital going on with Generation Atomic.  In these updates, we’ll be letting you know what’s in the development pipeline and soliciting feedback about features, additions and fixes. Download the app here. Continue reading

Notes from the Field, Week 1 - Sandusky, OH

Field Report - Sandusky, Ohio (Week 1: April 23-29) We have landed on the beachhead-- Ohio's 89th House District.  This legislative district is key to the passage of the ZEN (Zero Emissions Nuclear) Bill that would save both Davis-Besse and Perry nuclear plants from premature closure. Thousands of jobs, millions in school funding, and a full 90% of Ohio's clean energy hang in the balance, yet local Representative Steve Arndt has been waffling on his support for the measure.  We are here to change that. Our beds? Inflatable. Our furniture? Folding.  Our shoe soles? Already worn a bit thinner. One week out, here is our first weekly field report. Continue reading

Why Generation Atomic Isn't Marching

We didn’t march in today’s climate march, but for different reasons than you might think.  In the past 24 hours some have written posts asking people not to attend this year’s climate marches.  Michael Shellenberger correctly pointed out the hypocrisy of some of those in the climate movement for dedicating themselves to carbon reductions, while actively campaigning against our largest source of carbon free power.  Suzanne Hobbs Baker argued that while some objections to nuclear have merit, climate is not one of them, and excluding passionate pro-nuclear environmentalists is misguided. But the subtext to both articles is this: if others don’t agree with us, we shouldn’t engage with them.  This reminds me of the people that throw up their hands in disgust every two years and say, “They’re all a bunch of crooks, so hell no, I won’t vote.”  I think it’s pretty clear by now that non-participation from the moderates has only served to embolden the extremes.  And those in power certainly don’t see low voter turnout as some indictment on our democracy that must be remedied immediately.  So boycotting the climate march on principle? To what end? Continue reading