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Aug. 30, 2013 –  Please pass this onto a friend!



Premier Kathleen Wynne : Close the Pickering Nuclear Station Please sign the petition. Also see my interview with Chex TV Channel 12 Durham news here about the petition.

“Ontario can cut electricity and natural gas use by at least 25% by 2025. That may sound ambitions. But consider this: of the world’s 12 biggest economies, Canada ranks 11th in energy efficiency. America is better; China, too. In fact, only Russia is worse.” More Jobs, Less Pollution



The World

Why Fukushima is worse than you think Maintaining the cooling of three molten reactor cores and five spent fuel pools in a disaster zone is a job of titanic proportions.  Mycle Schneider calls for an international taskforce to provide expertise and strategies for site stabilization.  

Nuclear meltdown’s effect on B.C. fish unclear The Japanese government has acknowledged that 300 tonnes of contaminated water are pouring into the Pacific Ocean each day. On Tuesday, Tokyo Electric Power Co., operator of the crippled nuclear power plant, said that, in addition to the ongoing leak, about 270 tonnes of highly radioactive water have leaked from one of the storage tanks.

Fukushima Failure: Admitting to a leak For two years, the Japanese government has been saying things were under control after the Fukushima nuclear plant was rocked by an earthquake and tsunami. But critics say the government and the plant's operator have been far from telling the truth. 22 min. interview on CBC's The Current

Nuclear Operator Raises Alarm on Crisis The operator of Japan’s tsunami-hit nuclear power plant sounded the alarm on the gravity of the deepening crisis of containment at the coastal site on Friday, saying that there are more than 200,000 tons of radioactive water in 1000 makeshift tanks vulnerable to leaks, with no reliable way to check on them or anywhere to transfer the water. But it also acknowledges that the water beneath the reactors is extremely contaminated, and experts say that if it does get into the ocean, it will surpass even the leaks that occurred in the disaster’s early days.

Vermont Yankee Nuclear Station to be shut down! That makes five operating U.S. reactor shutdowns announced in the first three-fourths of this year. Six proposed new reactor projects ended permanently in that same period. And utilities have cancelled five proposed power uprates to existing reactors. We're down to 99 reactors in the U.S.

May Alerts Baird and Ambrose to Consequences of Fukushima Leakages Green Leader Elizabeth May wrote to Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird yesterday to advocate for Canada offering its technical support to help control and contain leakages of radioactive water from the Fukushima nuclear plant.  She also wrote to Health Minister Rona Ambrose calling for a better food monitoring due to radiation.

 

Ontario

Ontario's Energy Future: Cutting Through the Spin Ontario is the middle of reviewing its Long-term Energy Plan. The province will decide what types of energy will power our homes and factories for the next decade or so. Not surprisingly, industries with lots of money and vested interests in the decisions have their PR machines spinning overtime. So here are our responses to the top energy myths of the summer.

Long-term energy plan woefully short on detail

 

Renewables and Conservation

Solar And Electric Vehicles Will Kill Industry Dinosaurs Solar will make the fossil fuel industry more or less redundant.

Amory Lovins: Separating facts from fiction in Germany's renewables revolution Germany’s Energiewende is a bold, challenging, and complex experiment. On the whole, it has been highly successful so far and is on track for its seemingly ambitious goals—renewable electricity rising to 35 percent of consumption by 2020 and 80 percent by 2050, primary consumption falling respectively to 20 and 50 percent below 2008 levels, and CO2 emissions falling to 30 and 80 percent below 1990 levels. 

German Power Giant RWE to close or idle fossil power plants  "Due to the continuing boom in solar energy, many power stations throughout the sector and across Europe are no longer profitable to operate"

 

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.

Help stop dangerous LIQUID high-level radioactive waste transports from Canada!

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 Kent and the Canadian federal government to stand up for the protection of the Great Lakes. Sign the petition

Stop Mobile Chernobyl; No Fukushima Freeways!

☢ 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.
 
Increasing Sustainable Energy in the Long-Term Energy Plan Thur. Sept. 12, 10 a.m. (EDT) This webinar will address the question of whether and how sustainable energy can take on a greater role in Ontario's energy generation.
 
100% Renewables - Roadmaps for powering states, countries, and the world with wind, water and sunlight Webinar with Mark Jacobson. Tues.  Sept. 17, Noon Pacific Time. Free.



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