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December 3, 2013 –  Please pass this onto a friend!
 


A remarkable achievement — but we’ve got so much more to do! This year marks a tremendous achievement for the Ontario Clean Air Alliance (OCAA) – the end of coal burning in Ontario. But we’re not done. Our goal now is to move Ontario towards a 100% renewable electricity grid by combining Made-in-Ontario green energy with energy conservation and efficiency and low-cost water power from Quebec. It’s an ambitious goal, but it is the kind of big change we need if we are going to have any hope of controlling our runaway climate crisis. And we can do it. Just like we took down coal, we can build up green. Help us get there by supporting the work of the OCAA.
- Angela Bischoff and Jack Gibbons



The World

Atomic States of America Fantastic 90 min. video documentary about the nuclear industry in the US.

Ten Most Radioactive Places on Earth

Wind Farm Bird Deaths vs Fossil Fuel & Nuclear Power Bird Deaths

World Bank president: ‘We don’t do nuclear energy’
“our focus is on finding ways of working in hydro electric power, in geo-thermal, in solar, in wind”

Chernobyl's radioactive trees and the forest fire risk Much of the 30km exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear plant is pine forest, and some of it so badly contaminated that a forest fire could create a devastating radioactive smoke cloud.

Chernobyl's arch: Sealing off a radioactive sarcophagus

The Pipelines and the Petro State!
45 min. video of Andrew Nikiforuk’s presentation about the tarsands. Or read his June article on the same topic. 

 

Ontario

Conservation and Quebec water power are the big opportunities in Ontario’s new plan Today Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli released the province’s new Long Term Energy Plan. It has the potential to reduce electricity costs by a) importing low-cost water power from Quebec and Manitoba, and b) ramping up energy efficiency efforts.

We all breathe easier in post-coal Ontario The elimination of coal-fired plants in Ontario is a deeply hopeful story. It shows that progress can be made in combating pollution and addressing climate change. It underscores that grassroots organizing can lead to structural, political changes that directly improve our environment and quality of life.

Ontario goes coal-free! Al Gore & Ontario Premier Wynne speak Watch highlights from Ontario's coal-free news conference. 3 min. video. Al Gore is on fire!

GTA gas pipeline expansion: the $900 million question A massive natural gas pipeline project proposal from Enbridge to bring fracked shale gas from the US into the GTA has sparked debate. Read OCAA’s factsheet on why conservation would be a better option, financially and environmentally.

Greenpeace goes to court to slay a nuclear zombie While the Ontario government announced last month it was cancelling plans to proceed with new reactors, federal authorities gave OPG a licence in 2011 allowing it to start building new reactors at any time over the next decade. This open-ended approval means OPG’s Darlington new reactor proposal isn’t dead. It’s undead.

North Western Ontario prime for Manitoba power This is a very interesting op-ed by a Tory MP promoting water power imports from Manitoba for Ontario.  His arguments are identical to our arguments for water power from Quebec. And here US Energy Secretary Steven Chu expresses interest in Canada’s water power.

Nuclear Waste Burial Debate Produces Odd Alliances

 

Renewables and Conservation

The US has 43 nuclear power plants’ worth of solar energy in the pipeline

The Answer to Climate Change Is Renewable Energy, Not Nuclear Power

Wind and sky hold key to Ontario’s energy future

Cleaner energy: a revolution that ordinary people can drive
There will be no decisive moment in the climate battle. Rather, it’s a war of attrition, being won one solar panel, one wind turbine, and one electric car at a time. The cost of production of solar panels has reduced 80% in the past four years, while the cost of electricity from wind will half in the next five years. 

Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-op (OREC) Your opportunity to invest in clean, co-operative, renewable energy in Ottawa! Information sessions will be held throughout December and January; details here.

 

Take Action!

Thanks to everyone that voted for my “idea” on Wynne’s Common Ground website – to import water power from Quebec rather than rebuilding Darlington or extending Pickering at much higher cost. It was voted by 353 people, bringing it up to #19 of 1701 ideas!
 
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.
 
OPG’s Money Grab Tell Premier Wynne to tell OPG what to do with their proposed $65 annual increase on your electricity bill to rebuild Darlington
 
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.
 
Please congratulate Energy Minister Chiaralli on demonstrating some strong common sense by nixing new reactors.  And remind him that he should give the same sensible attention to the costly and unnecessary Darlington Re-Build Plan.

Premier Kathleen Wynne : Close the Pickering Nuclear Station Please sign the petition.

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. And sign the petition.

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

Remove Tepco Before you Remove that Fuel Please sign the petition.

 

Events

Ontario Energy Drinks Holiday Ping Pong Party Tues. Dec. 10, 5:30 onward. SPiN, 461 King W., Toronto
 
CNSC Hearings for the GE-Hitachi Uranium plant in Toronto All welcome! Dec. 9 – 11, Holiday Inn, Yorkdale, 3450 Dufferin Street, Toronto. Find out more here.


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