No Nukes News

Jan. 15, 2016

 "We need a national energy strategy with an enhanced, modernized East-West electricity corridor so Ontario can import lower cost, greener power from Quebec and Manitoba. We also need to amend the Nuclear Liability Act to ensure the industry is liable for damages. As well, we must reverse any decision to place nuclear waste in the Great Lakes watershed.” Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada



The World

Why James Hansen Is Wrong About Nuclear Power Hansen and others ignore the core issues: The nuclear power industry has essentially priced itself out of the market for new power plants because of its 1) negative learning curve and 2) inability to avoid massive delays and cost overruns in market economies. This is doubly problematic because the competition — renewable power, electricity storage, and energy efficiency — have seen steady, stunning price drops for a long time.

Earth entered new epoch in1945 A new epoch known as the Anthropocene began when the first atomic bomb was detonated in the New Mexico on July 16, 1945, scientists believe. Scientists chose the start of the nuclear age for the birth of the new epoch because the fall-out from atomic bombs is detectable in the geological record, through radioactive isotopes.

Uranium concentrate spill closes Saskatchewan highway RCMP have notified Swift Current residents within a 1.6-kilometre radius of the accident, but say an evacuation is unnecessary because there were no homes downwind from the scene.

Turkey probes charges AECL (Atomic Energy of Canada) paid bribes Turkish anticorruption authorities are examining allegations that Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. paid $50-million in bribes in a failed bid to win a contract to build a nuclear power reactor in Turkey.

Radiation Risk: LNT Model Tested 10 min. video about radiation and cancer. And here’s another, 19 min.

Honouring the Life and Work of Chiyo Nohara Chiyo Nohara, who died aged 60, was member of the research team that published the first scientific evidence of harm to a living organism from radioactive contamination due to the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant

 

Ontario

Ontario unveils $12.8B Darlington nuclear refurbishment The Ontario Clean Air Alliance say nuclear projects always run over budget and they want OPG to abandon the refurbishment plans and instead import more electricity from Quebec. Greenpeace Canada is concerned about possible accidents at nuclear generating stations and says refurbishing the aging reactors at Darlington is not worth the risk.
 
Darlington Re-Build will raise electricity rates — even before the cost overruns hit Despite official hype that electricity from a re-built Darlington Nuclear Station will be a good deal, the truth is that the cost of power from Darlington is just going up and up while the cost of power from renewable and efficiency sources is going down, down, down.
 
Green Party of Canada and Ontario Greens’ Call for an Independent Review of the Darlington Nuclear Power Plant

Ontario keeps Pickering nukes online to 2024 and announces plans to rebuild 4 Darlington reactors
 The ON New Democrats and the Green Party of ON are calliing for an independent review of the Darlington refurbishment. Too bad the NDP are silent in the legislature on all the nuclear announcements - no opposition, no debate.

OCAA Opposes Bruce Deal ON Clean Air Alliance concerned the price for nuclear refurbishment will go up, as will rates. Written and audio news story.

ON Nuclear Renovation Plan Reckless Ontario’s decision to proceed with the refurbishment of the Bruce and Darlington nuclear power plants and to extend the life of the already long-past-due-for-closure Pickering plant, is stunning in its recklessness, its failure to engage in a rigourous, public examination of alternatives and lack of transparency about the risks and costs to the public. The future of sustainable energy systems lies in flexible, resilient, distributed generation systems, grounded on efficiency, renewable energy and smart grids, not high-risk megaprojects to rescue a technology whose time has passed. - Mark Jacobson

Report card shows we need to improve our conservation efforts The failure of 93% of our electric utilities to achieve their OEB-mandated energy conservation targets means higher bills for Ontario’s electricity consumers and increased greenhouse gas emissions. This is simply not acceptable. 

How Ontario cabinet ministers moonlight for money Liberal ministers who spend their time targeting corporations and unions are the dirty little secret of Queen’s Park. Wynne makes no apologies for perpetuating the practice, describing corporate donations — unlawful elsewhere — as an important right for these entities in the democratic process.

 

Renewables and Conservation

U.S. Solar Created More Jobs Than Oil And Gas Extraction

Why clean energy is now expanding even when fossil fuels are cheap
Because they are cost competitive.

OurPower 3 minute video about green, local and democratic electricity supply and demand in Ontario

Micro Grid Demonstration Project Nifty  5 min. video explaining how micro-grids work

Canada’s Green Budget Coalition’s Recommendations on Renewable Energy, Conservation and Climate Leadership

 

Take Action!

Please email Premier Wynne and ask her to direct the IESO to establish a broad and open process to procure all of our cost-effective energy savings from municipalities, community associations and the private sector.
 
Tell Premier Wynne to protect all Ontarians The Ontario government is giving iodine pills to anyone living within 10km of a nuclear power plant -- but studies show that anyone living within 50km is at risk in a nuclear emergency. Send a message to Premier Wynne here.
 
Download your anti-thyroid cancer posters here to post in your office, school, or local cafe
 
Vote in our online poll
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.

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 182 jurisdictions representing over 21 million people that have done so. Find out more here

 

Events

Science for Peace Free Weekly Public Lectures Weds. 7 - 9 pm, University of Toronto

A Climate for Change: Paris and Beyond with Katharine Hayhoe, Sat. Jan. 16, 6 - 8 p.m., Tyndale Chapel, 3377 Bayview Ave, Toronto. Katharine Hayhoe was recently named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People for her work as an atmospheric scientist studying climate change. She is known for integrating faith with science.
 
Ontario Geothermal Association 2016 Conference February 4 – 5, Kitchener, Ontario



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