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Dec. 12, 2011 – Please pass this onto a friend!

 

Occupy the Climate – Angela Bischoff speaks about nukes at an Occupy T.O. rally – 4 min. video – “The nuclear dominos are falling.”

Help Ontario break free from nuclear – We are at a turning point where Ontario could embrace a sustainable energy future by ending its multi-billion-dollar entanglement with nuclear energy. Help OCAA make this breakthrough happen by donating to our efforts to make Ontario the next jurisdiction to declare an end to the use of nuclear power.

Nuclear Power: Where’s the Business Case? - The Ontario Power Authority has finalized its draft of a 20-year plan to build new generation, upgrade the power grid, and invest in energy efficiency. This plan would formally allocate almost 50% of the Ontario ‘market share’ to nuclear generation for several decades. This is the worst time to commit half of Ontario’s future generation to nuclear, and take on decades more of public debt.

Greenpeace stunt at French nuclear plant revives debate - The future of nuclear power in France is back in the spotlight after Greenpeace activists broke into several nuclear power plants on Monday in a move designed to highlight the lack of security at nuclear plants. The stunt has reignited a row over nuclear power that is set to play a pivotal role in next year’s presidential election.

The medical dangers of the nuclear fuel cycle – 59 min. audio with Dr. Helen Caldicott

Fatal Flaws: Unsolved Problems of Nuclear Reactors

Cover Up: What You Are Not Supposed to Know About Nuclear Power – book by Karl Grossman, now  being distributed Free by publisher online

Environmental Commissioner says more work is needed on energy conservation - Ontario’s electricity conservation efforts reduced peak demand by 1,750 megawatts (MW) in 2010 due to new programs and initiatives that began in 2005. This is the equivalent to not having to build three new natural gas-fired peaker plants. By investing about $1.7 billion in conservation programs, Ontario saved electricity ratepayers $3.8 billion in avoided electricity supply costs. However, this achievement was only 65% of the 2,700 MW peak demand reduction target that the government had set itself.

The Value of Energy Efficiency – 12 min. TedX video with James Brew

Durban, Climate Change and World Energy Future – 13 min. video with Steve Shorter

Coal Plants, the End of an Era - Closing coal plants in the United States may be much easier than it appears. If the energy efficiency level of the other 49 states were raised to that of New York, the most energy-efficient state, the energy saved would be sufficient to close 80 percent of the country’s coal-fired power plants. The remaining plants could be shut down by turning to renewables. With the likelihood that few, if any, new coal-fired power plants will be approved in the United States, this moratorium sends a message to the world. Denmark and New Zealand have already banned new coal-fired power plants. As of late 2010, Hungary was on the verge of closing its one remaining coal plant. Ontario, where 39 percent of Canadians live, plans to phase out coal entirely by 2014. Scotland announced in May that it plans to get 100 percent of its electricity from renewables by 2020. Even China, the world’s largest energy consumer (primarily from coal), is surging ahead with renewable energy and now leads the world in new wind farm installations. In contrast to investments in oil fields and coal mines, where depletion and abandonment are inevitable, renewable energy sources are inexhaustible.

Letter to the Editor: re “It’s coal, stupid” (Lorrie Goldstein, Dec. 4): Great to see the Sun running a piece critical of coal. This fossil fuel — which in Ontario is the single largest source of greenhouse gas emissions — releases lead, mercury, arsenic, and dioxin. The good news is that we have more than enough generating capacity without it. The province has about 30,000 MW of coal-free supply but only requires about 23,000 MW for all its needs. We don’t have to wait till the legally-required closure date of 2014. We can keep the lights on and close the coal plants this year. - Gideon Forman, Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment

Cost Of Solar Drops Two-Thirds Since 2008 - May Be Competitive With Fossil Fuels By 2016

1.4 Gigawatts Of Wind Energy Installed In Canada In 2011 - As of the end of year, Canada will likely have a total wind energy capacity of 5.4 gigawatts. This is equivalent to powering 1.5 million homes for a year in Canada.

 

Angela Bischoff
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