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August 2, 2012 – Please pass this onto a friend!

 

Our new report, Ontario’s Electricity Surplus: An Opportunity to Reduce Costs, explains how a) subsidies for dirty coal plants ($367 million/year) and b) the badly aging Pickering Nuclear Station – are driving up the province’s electricity costs. 

Please sign this petition calling on the Ontario legislature to end the practice of passing on nuclear cost overruns to ratepayers and taxpayers.

 

The World

 Environmental Groups urge International Joint Commission: Reinstate a Nuclear Task Force Now to Restore and Protect the Great Lakes

General Electric CEO can’t justify nuclear power  General Electric CEO threw cold water on the company's nuclear power business, telling the Financial Times that natural gas power plants and renewable energy like wind and solar will be the best investments over the foreseeable future. GE built the ill-fated Fukushima nuclear plants, as well as 22 similar reactors in the U.S.

Fukushima cleanup at a standstill in most evacuated areas “The fundamental problem is that, in a situation in which the problem of where to construct the intermediate storage facilities has yet to be resolved, local governments are facing difficulties in securing places to store contaminated soil temporarily.”

Japanese nuclear power plant gets $12.8 billion bailout

Japan's pro-bomb voices rise as nuke power debated The two issues are intertwined because nuclear plants can develop the technology and produce the fuel needed for weaponry, as highlighted by concerns that Iran is advancing a nuclear power program to mask bomb development. "Having nuclear plants shows to other nations that Japan can make nuclear weapons."

Nukes on Mars NASA's Dangerous Alliance With the Nuclear Industry

Power Is Restored Across India After Crippling Blackout “Decentralized renewable energy sources like wind, solar and micro-hydro power plants are the answers here.”

Scientists create safe method for Isotopes No need for nuclear reactors, and no fear of proliferation. Bye bye Chalk River (Canada’s nuclear isotope production facility)

Uranium Territory Inuit campaign for referendum over mine in far north

 

Ontario

Province can shave $1.2 billion from electricity costs by shutting down coal plants and mothballing Pickering

Close nuclear and coal plants early, says clean air alliance

Pickering Out of Steam A new report by the Ontario Energy Board found that Pickering Nuclear Plant near Toronto has among the worst performance of all nuclear plants in the world. 2 units are permanently shut down, while another 2 are shut down 38% of the time. Wind power has better performance. Furthermore, the report found that Pickering is overstaffed and staff are overpaid, and costs are much higher than other plants.

Debate over possible nearby nuclear waste site buried

Activists say OPG not prepared for Japan scale disaster in Durham

Electricity Consumer Protection Pledge: Frequently Asked Questions

Kitchener-Waterloo is calling you With a razor-thin minority government hanging in the balance, all parties will be focusing on the upcoming by-election in Kitchener-Waterloo, likely to take place in September. This is a golden opportunity to draw attention to the major fork in the road facing Ontario energy policy – pour more money into expensive and risky nuclear projects or opt for safer and cheaper alternatives like energy efficiency, made-in-Ontario green power, and hydro imports from Quebec. Sign our petition calling on all the by-election candidates to sign our Electricity Consumer Protection Pledge. Backroom deals with enormous hidden costs are not in Ontarians’ best interest and candidates must be strongly encouraged to sign the pledge. Help us distribute our new pamphlet throughout K-W. For more info: angela@cleanairalliance.org

 

Renewables and Conservation

Community power co-ops join forces in Ontario’s green energy struggle

Wind energy is one of the safest sources of electricity

Wind turbine worker threatened with gun

Wind energy industry calls for respectful dialogue after Ontario worker reportedly threatened with death

Join the Ottawa Renewable Energy Cooperative There is now an viable option for Ottawa citizens who wish to invest their money in the local renewable energy sector, while earning a fair return.    

 

Act Now!

Release the true, complete, unsubsidized costs of Nuclear Power Generation Sign the petition.

Stop Making Nuclear Waste Sign the petition.

Please send a message to Energy Minister Chris Bentley (and cc me) asking him to protect taxpayers and electricity consumers by flipping the switch off superfluous coal-fired electric generation and mothballing Pickering.  It’s time for the province to finally end its expensive and dangerous coal and nuclear bear hugs and embrace safer and cheaper alternatives instead. For more info.

Order our new leaflet calling on the ON gov’t to halt their massive nuclear expansion plans – they’re free and contain postcards to Energy Minister Bentley asking him to favour lower-cost, safer and greener options. Distribute them to your friends and neighbours.

 

Events

Hiroshima-Nagasaki Day 2012 – For a Nuclear Weapons-Free World Thur. Aug. 9, 6:15 – 9 p.m., Church of the Holy Trinity (behind Eaton’s Centre), Toronto. Speakers, prayers, performances. 

Commemorating Hiroshima-Nagasaki – Never Again Thur. Aug. 9, noon, Hamilton City Hall, Council Chambers

Sustainable Energy Options (Green Energy Introduction) Aug 25, Kortright Centre, Woodbridge, ON. The course will help home or cottage owners decide what technologies make sense for them, and provide participants with an understanding of technologies in the renewable energy sector.

 

Angela Bischoff
Outreach Director
Ontario Clean Air Alliance
160 John Street, Suite 300, Toronto, Ont. M5V 2E5
Phone 416-260-2080 ext. 1
angela@cleanairalliance.org
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