No Nukes News

Dec. 9, 2015

 

The World

The Brand of Terror Canada Exports "If we're concerned about the dangers posed by terrorism, then we should be protecting the world from the terror of nuclear weapons." Canadian uranium has for almost 70 years fired the nuclear arsenals of the U.S., UK, Russia, France, India, Israel and Pakistan. Annual Canadian uranium exports create enough spent fuel by-products (including plutonium) to build 5,000 nuclear warheads.

A Big Fat Radioactive Lie Billionaires are hyping nuclear power as a magic cure for climate change. But reactors are expensive, they’re very difficult to shield from terrorist and other security threats, and they’re prone to catastrophic accidents that have created ghost towns in Japan and the former Soviet Union. Furthermore, there are still no solutions for meeting the daunting challenges of safeguarding nuclear waste.

Is Gates's 'Breakthrough Energy Coalition' a nuclear spearhead? Last week a new billionaires club strode into COP21 in Paris promising big money for 'clean energy': the Breakthrough Energy Coalition. But most of its members are nuclear obsessives. And what the world needs is not 'patient investment' into nuclear research, but impatient investment into renewables deployment.

The nuclear industry’s COP 21 dilemma: 100% renewables is attainable At the Paris Climate Summit (COP21), the global nuclear lobby is in overdrive. Obviously, the nuclear industry wants to protect its own economic interests. But for the rest of us, a nuclear-free, carbon-free system makes perfect sense. The good news is that nuclear is not even mentioned in the drafts of the climate agreement presented over the last several days, though the nuclear industry is trying to highjack the summit.

Why pro-nuclear preaching undermines the case for climate action With climate talks ongoing in Paris, we have another “plea” from various climate scientists for more nuclear power.

US Leaders continue to push against underground Canadian nuclear waste

 

Ontario

Energy Minister announces yet another sweetheart nuclear deal Ontario’s Energy Minister, Bob Chiarelli, announced that the Government of Ontario is signing a contract with Bruce Power to pay for the re-building of six of its aging, outdated nuclear reactors. The final capital cost and price of electricity from the re-built reactors of the project is still to be determined. In other words, this deal continues the long tradition of leaving ratepayers on the hook for capital cost overruns at a time when renewables prices are falling dramatically.

Bruce Power to invest $13 billion to refurbish nuclear station on Lake Huron But Jack Gibbons, chair of the Ontario Clean Air Alliance, noted the $13-billion figure is a “preliminary” cost estimate. “According to the contract, the final cost estimate is to be determined at a later date. Unfortunately for consumers, the price we pay will be based on the final cost estimate, not the preliminary one,” said Gibbons. “So once again a politician is committing to nuclear without knowing the final cost,” he said.

Ontario's nuclear rebuild plans means a greenhouse-gas spike because natural gas will replace the reactors during their rebuild. But renewables could do the trick, and then there would be no need to rebuild, saving $$, risk and emissions.

Liberal nuclear dreams are a nightmare for Ontario “We simply can’t leave a legacy of toxic waste and financial debt for our children and future generations. Greens demand an independent public review of the costs of and alternatives to nuclear power.” Mike Schreiner, Green Party of ON Leader

Public interest groups in court to appeal plan to refurbish aging nuclear reactors
Human health and environmental risks not carefully considered in plan to refurbish Darlington nuclear reactors, groups say

Does Ontario's Bruce nuclear deal make financial sense? Jack Gibbons says no. The Bruce deal “fairness opinion” did not look at alternatives. What kind of assessment is that?

The Auditor General’s troubling report on hydro Ms Lysyk completely ignores the single largest driver of the Global Adjustment to electricity costs — the refurbishment of the province’s aging fleet of nuclear power plants. The enormous economic and technical risks associated with proposed refurbishments of the Bruce and Darlington nuclear facilities are also completely overlooked.

Small rural ON customers facing big hydro bill jumps Thanks to a new Ontario Energy Board (OEB) policy that eliminates usage-based pricing for recovering Hydro One’s electricity distribution costs, small rural electricity consumers are about to see a big jump in their monthly electricity bills. Reducing consumers’ incentive to use electricity efficiently or to shift usage to off peak periods runs contrary to the province’s Conservation First policy and to the OEB’s own time-of-use pricing policies.

Reject the Nuke Dump in Kincardine on Lake Huron 65 organizations wrote to federal Minister of the Environment and Climate Change urging her to reject OPG’s proposal to bury radioactive wastes beside Lake Huron. And here’s a news story about it.
 
Activists challenge Ontario's 10-kilometre radius for anti-radiation pills New Brunswick has a 20-kilometre zone while Switzerland uses a 50-kilometre area for distribution of the KI pills. Greenpeace believes the evidence will show the distribution zone for the pills should be expanded from 10 to 50 kilometres, which would include all of Toronto.

 

Renewables and Conservation

Canada, Commit to 100% Renewable by 2050 Canada has the resources and the technology to make a just transition to a 100% renewables-based economy. An initiative of the Canadian Youth Delegation at COP 21

Choosing a green future: Notes from the renewables transition The renewables transition is shaking up existing power structures and meeting fierce resistance. It can happen -- but only if public agencies make available complete and credible information on costs of different energy options, and citizens choose wisely through their democratic institutions.

$120 million Off-Shore Wind Farm Planned for Lake Erie Lake Erie has the potential generating capacity of 5 gigawatts of electricity, roughly equal to the output of 5 large nuclear stations.

 

Take Action!

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10 nuclear rebuilds for Ontario, or water power from Quebec? Don’t let the nuclear elephant crush renewable power in Ontario! You can win an energy kit. Vote now.

Tell Premier Wynne here that the Bruce rebuild deal needs a full public review to determine if we should remain dependent on high-cost nuclear power for another generation.

Vote for EDF to win the Pinocchio Award French energy company EDF is using its controversial sponsorship of the international climate talks in Paris to launch a large-scale PR campaign to brand nuclear power as a ‘carbon-free’ and ‘clean’ energy source. In fact, nuclear is everything but clean, and escalating costs and subsidies are better spent on genuine solutions.

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 the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump Please sign the petition to oppose OPG’s plans to bury their nuclear waste on the shore of Lake Huron. And urge your elected officials to pass a resolution to oppose the nuclear dump on the Great Lake Huron. There are already 168 jurisdictions representing over 21 million people that have done so. Find out more here

 

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