No Nukes News

August 27, 2015


“Historians will look back at 2015 as the turning point for producing electricity during the 21st century. The data is in: building new nuclear power plants is too expensive and takes too long. Global climate change can be prevented with a renewable electric grid that will become the new normal. The forecast is simple: dirty forms of energy like coal, nuclear, oil, and fracked gas are no longer cheaper and certainly not cleaner or safer then renewable alternative power like solar, wind, wave, and geothermal. As Victor Hugo once said, “All the forces in the world are not so powerful as an idea whose time has come.” – 8 min. video blog by Arnie Gunderson, Fairewinds

The World

How Harper turned a nuclear watchdog into a lapdog Under Harper’s watch, the CNSC has been transformed from a watchdog into a lapdog. The parallels with Japan’s nuclear regulator before Fukushima are worrisome. By Shawn-Patrick Stensil, Greenpeace

Fukushima: thousands have died, thousands more will die Official data from Fukushima show that nearly 2,000 people died from the effects of evacuations necessary to avoid high radiation exposures from the disaster. Assessments of fatalities from nuclear disasters include deaths from displacement-induced ill-heath and suicide in addition to those from direct radiation impacts.

VICE: Canada Might Start Dumping Nuclear Waste Near the US Border An ON plan to build an underground nuclear waste dump less than a mile from Lake Huron is getting unfriendly attention from US lawmakers, who are trying to force the Obama administration to invoke a 106-year-old treaty against its northern neighbor.

Bury excess plutonium, don't turn it into fuel, study says Building plant to convert nuclear waste to nuclear fuel too costly

 

Ontario

OCAA making nuclear power a byelection issue in Simcoe North Why the province would waste money on its aging nuclear infrastructure when cheap energy can be purchased in Quebec is a question the Ontario Clean Air Alliance wants more people to be asking. See OCAA’s by-election leaflet, billboard, and radio ad.

All 4 major parties in Ontario support water power from Quebec OCAA asked the candidates from the 4 major parties this question: Should the Government of Ontario negotiate a long-term water power contract with Quebec to lower our energy bills? They all answered yes!

Environmental groups urge release of nuclear disaster scenarios report “The CNSC has betrayed the public trust by concealing a study revealing risks to Toronto. The study should be released so these hazards can be addressed transparently and appropriate emergency plans put in place.” More here. Watch the media conference here.

Nuclear waste site bid makes waves in Lake Huron “You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know that burying radioactive nuclear waste that will remain lethal for 100,000 years right beside the drinking water for 40 million people defies common sense”. Here’s another. And another.

1 week left for comments on nuke dump We have another week to persuade Canadian Environment Minister A Leona Aglukkaq that storing nuclear waste less than a mile from the shores of Lake Huron is a bad idea.

 

Renewables and Conservation

India approves plan to develop 50 solar cities

Hawaii’s Governor Dumps Oil and Gas in Favor of 100 Percent Renewables

 

Take Action!

Nuclear Waste Burial Dealine Tues. - Have your Say Write or email the Canadian Minister of Environment Leona Aglukkaq at: ceaa.conditions.acee@ceaa-acee.gc.ca up to midnight on Tues. Sept. 1st, 2015 with your unconditional opposition to a permanent proposed nuclear waste repository at Kincardine, ON, less than a mile from Lake Huron. Call on her to protect the irreplaceable fresh waters of the Great Lakes for all future generations! You can also download the poster to Canadian Minister of Environment Leona Aglukkaq here. Print, fill in the blanks, take a selfie, post on social media and email it to Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq at: Leona.Aglukkaq@parl.gc.ca by Tues. Sept. 1st midnight. And please sign the petition. And this petition too.
 
My name is Kyoko Yokoma. I am writing to see if you could support a Fukushima Autoradiograph Exhibition in Toronto that we are trying to organize in mid-October in Toronto. First, look at the images. If you can help by sponsoring, promoting, or referring, please contact me

OCAA Leaflet Free! Informative! Order many to distribute to your friends and neighbours. They describe in full color Ontario's energy options: 10 rebuilt nuclear reactors vs. water power from Quebec. We have a choice.

Join the fight against the Darlington rebuild Early November, the CNSC is holding hearings on the rebuilding of 4 Darlington reactors. Greenpeace is organizing to support public participation. Get involved.

Ontario: Import safe and low-cost water power from Quebec rather than rebuild 4 nuclear reactors at Darlington Please sign our petition

Don’t Nuke the Climate Please sign the petition in support of a nuclear-free, carbon-free energy system and to prevent nuclear power from being considered as a climate solution when the world's governments meet at the COP 21 conference in Paris in Dec. 2015.

Stop Radioactive Contamination of the Pacific Ocean from the Fukushima nuclear power plant site Please sign the petition. It is unacceptable that radioactive contamination is continuing in our oceans.

 

Events

Camera Atomica July 8 – Nov. 15, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. Exhibition traces photographic legacy of “the bomb” and nuclear energy. See 8 of the photos here. Free on Wed. nights.
 
Return of the Atom Toronto International Film Festival, Sept. 11, 12 and 13. Filmed over the course of more than a decade, this vital new documentary examines the now-notorious construction of a nuclear power plant on the remote Finnish island of Olkiluoto.

Ride for Renewables Sun. Sept. 13. Together we'll ride from Pickering to Darlington to show our opposition to rebuilding the four aging nuclear reactors at Darlington. We'll call for our money to be invested instead in renewable energy.
 
Green Energy Doors Open Sat. Oct. 3, Various sites around Ontario



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