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Dec. 17, 2013 –   Blessings of the season!



Government of Ontario: Stop OPG's 30% price increase Please sign my petition to the ON Gov’t to import low-cost renewable water power from Quebec rather than rebuild Darlington at very high cost

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The World

Nuclear repository could end up in Arctic Ten pre-selected locations in Northwest-Russia are now under consideration, including permafrost sites on Novaya Zemlya and Nenets Autonomous Okrug.

Japan’s New ‘Fukushima Fascism’ Within Japan, a new State Secrets Act makes criticism of Fukushima or gov’t punishable by up to ten years in prison. It’s the cancerous mark of a nuclear regime bound to control all knowledge of a lethal global catastrophe now ceaselessly escalating.

AECL defends plans to transport liquid nuclear waste from Chalk River to South Carolina The real fear is a spill caused by an accident or sabotage and the environmental catastrophe that would ensue.

No Nukes for Climate Change: Ralph Nader and Kevin Kamps 60 min. audio recording 

Why Letter by Hansen et al Misses the Mark on Nuclear Power and Renewables On November 3, four climate and atmospheric scientists issued a letter to prominent US environmental organizations urging them to support extensive build-out of nuclear power to combat global warming. Here’s a response from NIRS and the Civil Society Institute.

CNSC (Canadian Nuclear Safety commission) had contracts with anti-environmental firm At least 13 Canadian government agencies, including the CNSC, have spent $500,000 with a U.S. private intelligence firm that came under fire recently for outlining ways to counter activist groups, according to documents released on Wikileaks.

Uranium Mining and Human Rights The impact on people, our health and the environment

Uranium Watch the 47-minute NFB film on the history of Canada’s uranium industry

 

Ontario

Stop making green power the scapegoat Subsidies for nuclear power pushed up our electricity generation costs by 43 per cent last year. The real reason electricity bills in Ontario are on the rise is our overbuilt and unreliable nuclear system (with Pickering A being the most expensive nuclear plant to operate in North America).

Ontario Power executives fired over auditor's report Overall, 62 per cent of OPG’s employees earned more than $100,000 last year. The number of employees taking in more than $200,000 ballooned to 448 from 117 in 2003. Charges of nepotism, exorbitant payouts and bonuses, and swelling of executive ranks. On top of it, OPG is seeking a 30 per cent increase in rates for the nuclear power it generates.  This defies explanation since it has shrunk its unionized work force in response to lower demand for its energy. 

Activists are Lashing Out at the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission “Over the course of this meeting I have heard Toronto residents express to you passionately that the GE-Hitachi uranium processing facility should not be located so closely to a residential region in Toronto… This processing facility should not be located in the City of Toronto because it should not be located anywhere at all. The nuclear industry does not belong anywhere in Canada, nor does it belong anywhere in the world.” “You can claim that the levels of exposure are within current limits, but you cannot say that they are safe.” 

 

Renewables and Conservation

Germany shows a thriving green economy is possible Germany, while rising to become one of the globe’s strongest national economies, reduced its emissions by 25% below 1990 levels by 2012. With there being a strong renewables lobby in the country – unlike Canada, where the fossil fuel industry plays a dominant role – the German renewable industry is exercising its clout to suggest a 47% renewables target for 2020. In 2011, there were 372,000 people working in the nation’s clean energy sectors and the projections are such that these numbers are expected to be in the 400,000 to 500,000 range by 2020.

Ontario Liberals scrap local content rules for green energy To comply with last year's World Trade Organization ruling, Ontario will remove the Green Energy Act’s domestic content provisions. The rule spurred a clean energy manufacturing boom in the province.

Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-op (OREC) launches its second shareholder offering today and is seeking to raise $1.25 million to invest in two local solar rooftop projects. Here’s your opportunity to invest in clean, co-operative, renewable energy in Ottawa! Information sessions will be held throughout December and January; details here.

Chile Doubles Renewables Target Recently passed legislation directs the South American nation to source 20 percent its overall energy portfolio from renewable sources by 2025.

Madrid's Big Plan to Swear Off Cars The Spanish city will overhaul its core to prioritize the needs of pedestrians, transit vehicles, cyclists, and cars—in that order. Workers will remove vehicle lanes, add bike lanes, and plant trees. Next up, Toronto!

Canadian Solar expands Canadian Solar to build a new photovoltaic power plant in Ontario. The Guelph company, one of the world’s largest solar energy firms, has seen its stock increase more than eightfold this year.

 

Take Action!

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath is inviting comments on how hydro rate increases are affecting you. You can email her here:  yoursay@ontariondp.ca  Be sure to let her know that cancelling the Darlington re-build project as well as the Pickering extension, in favour of conservation and renewables such as water power from Quebec, would save us billions per year.
 
Quebec imports can save us $1 billion per year As our new pamphlet explains, importing clean hydro power from Quebec is a much cheaper way to meet our electricity needs than re-building the Darlington Nuclear Plant. Order free copies today to distribute to your neighbours, family and friends.

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

 

Events

Webinar: The Rossland Energy Conservation Diet What are the Secrets of Their Success? Tuesday, December 17, 3 – 4 p.m


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