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Aug. 23, 2013 –  Please pass this onto a friend!

Premier Kathleen Wynne: Close the Pickering Nuclear Station
Please sign the petition - and watch my video - thank you!

 

The World

In Fukushima end-game, radiated water has nowhere to go After months of denials, Tepco admitted in July that radioactive groundwater is reaching the sea. The government estimates 300 tons of radiated water are leaking every day.

Japan Government Stepping In to Help Clean Up Atomic Plant

Fukushima Is 'Emergency Without End'
Arjun Makhijani: Radioactive strontium being released is 'likely to be a seaside nightmare for decades.'

Removing Fuel from Fukushima Unit 4: This is the deadliest part of Japan's nuclear clean-up

Thorium Reactors and Nuclear Weapons Proliferation: The Promise and Peril of Thorium
There are many exaggerated claims made by promoters of thorium-based nuclear reactor technology as an alternative to the present generation of uranium-based reactors. One of those claims is that the use of thorium “fuel” instead of uranium fuel eliminates the threat of nuclear weapons proliferation because “thorium-fuelled reactors” do not produce plutonium as a byproduct. This claim is profoundly misleading.

Oil isn’t the only hazardous shipments we need to worry about  The tragic events in Lac-Mégantic have raised public awareness of the dangers of shipping hazardous materials through public places. There’s a new proposal to transport radioactive waste that is of concern to municipalities, not just in Quebec, but also in Ontario and the United States — involving a much more dangerous radioactive shipment. The federal government is planning to truck 23,000 litres of high-level radioactive liquid waste from Chalk River Laboratories (CRL) in Ontario to the Savannah River Site (SRS), in South Carolina, 2,000 kilometres away. Such shipments have never before been made in North America. The extreme radiotoxicity of high-level nuclear waste is well known; in liquid form, it would be impossible to recover once spilled. A few litres can ruin a city’s water supply.

Canada is missing out on global clean-tech revolution Green Party of Canada Leader Elizabeth May addresses how the feds are missing out on the green energy revolution.

 

Ontario

Pickering nuclear plant gets license extension Pickering gets five-year extension past its original design life -- but is on a shorter leash

40 Years of Being a Good Neighbor? Arnie Gunderson's testimony about Canada's Pickering Nuclear Plant on Lake Ontario, whose slogan is "40 years of being a good neighbor." As Arnie explains in this podcast, it is not a matter of whether the people operating nuclear plants are good or bad. It is about a dangerous energy source that no amount of good intentions can make completely safe. It is about the forty good years that can end with one bad day.
 

Renewables and Conservation

Conservation in could create 25,000 jobs by 2025 Slashing energy consumption in Ontario by a quarter over the next decade or so could create 25,000 new jobs, concludes a new report by a coalition of environmentalists and unions. And here’s the report: More Jobs Less Pollution. “We turn off lights. We insulate. We buy more efficient appliances. We use less energy and pay lower bills as a result. We all conserve energy every day, but we can do much more, and government has a key role to play in making that happen.”

World Solar Power Topped 100,000 Megawatts in 2012 The world installed 31,100 megawatts of solar photovoltaics (PV) in 2012—an all-time annual high that pushed global PV capacity above 100,000 megawatts. There is now enough PV operating to meet the household electricity needs of nearly 70 million people at the European level of use. Solar power installations are growing more than 40 percent annually, and falling PV prices are making solar power more affordable. The IEA estimates, perhaps conservatively, that world PV capacity will more than triple by 2018 to 308,000 megawatts—at peak power, the generating equivalent of 300 large nuclear plants.

Solar ‘Is Going to Overtake Everything’ In the next 2 1/2 years the U.S. will double its entire cumulative capacity of distributed solar -- repeating in the span of a few short years what it originally took four decades to deploy. “But at its present growth rate, solar will overtake wind in about ten years. It is going to be the dominant player. Everybody’s roof is out there.”

Three Major Energy Trends to Watch: Amory Lovins 1. Efficiency is accelerating. 2. Renewables are making headway, with more progress needed. 3. Distributed power is the future   

German Law Gave Citizens a Stake in Clean Energy Switch The success of her co-op shows that Germans are willing to pay more for renewable power, Sladek once told a German reporter, adding, "People aren't as dumb as politicians and energy providers think." 

100% Of New Australian Power Plants Are Wind Or Solar

Eco-City Community Challenge: enter to win!
Did you know that Canada wastes more energy than almost every other country in the world? That’s why the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance is challenging us to change our habits and use less energy. Enter now to share your energy-saving actions and you could win a set of energy-efficient Whirlpool appliances for your home.

 

Take Action!

Reviewing Ontario's Long Term Energy Plan - Speak up now! The Ministry of Energy is consulting with the public and other stakeholders about their long-term energy plan. You’re invited to provide a formal submission, and/or attend a public open house.  Let them know that you favour conservation, hydro imports from Quebec, and green energy over high cost, dangerous nuclear new- and re-build projects. Speak out now before we get stuck with another 6 decades of nuclear waste, danger and debt. Great background info/materials here.

Don’t Nuke Green Energy: Tell Premier Wynne to shut down Pickering reactors by sending her a letter here. A Greenpeace Canada initiative.☢ Please send Ontario Minister Chiarelli a quick note here thanking him for moving forward with a commitment to putting conservation and efficiency first.

Conservation, Not Fracked Gas into the GTA If you think greater efficiency beats more pipelines hands down, send a message to Premier Wynne,  Energy Minister Chiarelli and Environment Minister Bradley. Tell them you prefer conservation over fracked gas from the U.S.
 
Phase-out Pickering Nuclear Station and save $850 million per year Tell the Premier that we must avoid another electricity expenditure fiasco – don’t waste our hard-earned money rebuilding this aging and outdated facility! Click here

Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is seeking approval to build a nuclear waste dump 1 km from the shores of Lake Huron. This dump puts at risk the fresh water of the GREAT LAKES, relied upon by 40 million people in two countries. Tell Minister Aglukkaq and the Canadian federal government to stand up for the protection of the Great Lakes. Sign the petition.

If you think the work of the Ontario Clean Air Alliance is super exceptional – we're behind ON's coal phase-out after all, and now we're taking on the nuclear industry in Ontario – please vote for us in NOW's Best of Toronto here. And Angela (that’s me!) has been nominated as best enviro. Vote here. Thank you!

Events

Reactor – Toronto Premier Fri. Sept. 6, 6:30 p.m. A new short film about the Fukushima nuclear meltdown and the Zen tradition.



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