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January 16, 2015 –   Please pass this onto a friend!

 

The World

Nukes Fade As Wind and Solar Soar Renewables now supply 22 percent of global electricity and nuclear only 11 percent—a share that is gradually falling as old plants close and fewer new ones are commissioned.

Nuclear power and weapons: the myth of the peaceful atom These series of factsheets draw the connections between nuclear power and nuclear weapons, the history, thorium, Generation 4 reactors, production of plutonium and more.

TEPCO's sloppy handling of suppressant at Fukushima led to spread of radioactive dust in 2013 On Aug. 19th, the volume of radioactive materials released was 6,700 times normal levels

2015: the beginning of the end of the fossil fuel era?
Sure looks like it, with all the global commitments to zero carbon emissions

 

Ontario

Group Wants Bruce B Deal Reviewed The Independent system Electricity Operator is negotiating a 30 year deal worth $60 - $111 billion on behalf of the province. Many employees of the IESO are also owners of Bruce B through their two labour organizations: the Society of Energy Professionals, and the Power Workers Union, both of which invest in Bruce B. More here and here. And here’s an audio interview with Jack Gibbons, OCAA.

9 good reasons why we need a public review of a Bruce Nuclear deal The IESO and Bruce Power are secretly negotiating a multi-billion dollar deal to rebuild four aging reactors at the Bruce B Nuclear Station. Here are 9 good reasons why Premier Kathleen Wynne should send any agreement to the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) for a full public review.

ON Energy Board curbs gas conservation programs Jack Gibbons, Ontario Clean Air Alliance, said the new rules run afoul of directives from the Ontario government such as ‘Conservation First’. “The only people who win from this decision are gas producers in Pennsylvania and western Canada.” Restricting conservation will mean higher bills for Ontario consumers.

Carbon pricing set to cover 80% of Canadian economy Ontario to join Quebec and British Columbia in enforcing price on fossil fuels, despite opposition from prime minister Harper

 

Renewables and Conservation

Ontario's summer peak electricity demand down 20% since 2006! Unprecedented, partly due to conservation and energy-efficiency measures and to embedded solar generation capacity that reached 1,500 MW. Why then are we rebuilding more high cost and risky nuclear supply?

Ontario families lose court bid to stop wind turbines Health Canada reported that a study of 1,200 residents in Ontario and Prince Edward Island turned up no sign of health problems caused by wind-turbine noise.

Rebound in Clean Energy Investment in 2014 Beats Expectations
Surges in investment in offshore wind in Europe, and solar in China and the US, helped to drive the 2014 global clean energy total up 16% to $310bn

Energy efficiency: Invisible fuel The biggest innovation in energy is to go without

Love Letter Contest To celebrate Global Divestment Day and Valentine’s Day, Divest Waterloo is hosting a letter writing contest Jan 16, 2014 – Feb 6, 2014. “Global Divestment Day,” a worldwide day of climate action created by Go Fossil Free

 

Take Action!

Please send a letter to Premier Wynne here calling for a transparent review of any proposed Bruce deal, especially in light of a potential conflict of interest.

Ontario Energy Board Grinches out on energy conservation  Please contact Energy Minister Chiarelli here and ask him to direct the OEB to make conservation a real priority.

Please send Premier Wynne a message urging her to make a deal with Quebec instead of wasting billions of dollars on high-risk nuclear projects.  It is the right thing to do for both provinces.

Stop plans to build small nuclear reactors in Saskatchewan to power oil extraction from the Alberta Tar Sands
Please sign the petition.

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 139 jurisdictions – representing over 16 million people – that have done so! See the list here.

 

Events

This Nuclear Age Free weekly public lectures on public health in a nuclear age. Wednesdays, 4 – 6 p.m., Jan. 7 – April 1, University of Toronto

Funding Cities With Local Energy: Geothermal Urban Royalties Tues. Jan. 20, 7 p.m. Toronto

SolarShare RRSP Webinar Thursday, January 22, noon – 1 p.m (eastern time) Would you like to invest in SolarShare through an RRSP? It's happening! Learn about how you can invest in solar projects across Ontario and earn a good return in your RRSP. 

Putting a Price on Carbon What’s the best way to reduce GHG emissions while stimulating the economy? With Stephen Lewis and others. Tues. Jan. 27, 7:30 p.m.,Toronto

Toronto Green Homes Summit Tues. January 28, 7:45 am - 4:30 pm

Earth Energy and You Considering whether a geo-thermal heating & cooling system is a wise choice for you? Thursday, January 29, 7 p.m. Kitchener

Burying Nuclear Waste in Ontario? Come hear from frontline voices who have been resisting both the creation of nuclear waste, and the burial. Sat. Feb 7, 1 - 5 p.m. St. Stephens in the Field Church, Toronto

Symposium: The Dynamics of Possible Nuclear Extinction February 28 - March 1, The New York Academy of Medicine, NYC

World Uranium Symposium
and Film Festival, April 13 - 16, Quebec City


 


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