No Nukes News

January 6, 2016

 

The World

Mark Jacobson to James Hansen: Nukes Are Not Needed to Solve World’s Climate Crisis Jacobson asserts that nuclear is too expensive, takes too long to build, is not carbon-free, and has unsolved issues around waste, mining, weaponization and accident risks.

Govt must suspend nuclear build plans - Catholic bishops Bishop Gabuza explained that “given the enormity of the risks that the South African government is asking its citizens to bear through the nuclear option, including the enormous safety risks and economic risks, it is only fair that the government directly consults its people on the matter.  A referendum is the best instrument for realising the common good on this important matter.”

Nukes Fail to Gain Traction in Monumental Paris Accord At COP in Paris, there was a consensus that renewable energy’s time has come and that renewables are the future. Regardless of a massive lobbying effort by the nuclear industry there was a sentiment that nuclear is too little, too late and too expensive.

 

Ontario

Ontario urged to abandon $13-billion nuclear reactors rebuild "We should sign a long-term deal with Quebec which would enable us to cancel the Darlington rebuild project, keep our lights on and reduce our electricity bills," said Jack Gibbons​, OCAA.

A “Robin Hood in reverse” plan to create a flat hydro distribution fee will force up the bills of the province’s most modest electricity users to the benefit of power guzzlers, Ontario Clean Air Alliance Chair Jack Gibbons charges.

Is Toronto ready for a radiation emergency? As KI pill orders skyrocket in the wake of a Star story, critics say Ontario’s nuclear emergency response plan desperately needs a post-Fukushima update.

Queen’s Park moves to silence dissent on electricity A new ON law would shut down the last arena of independent public review of the billions of dollars in public spending on electricity.

What Can We Expect from Environmental Assesments? When you’re making a decision that affects millions of people and has potentially irreversible effects on the environment, you need all the facts out in the open; you need a complete and transparent assessment process.

 

Renewables and Conservation

Can the world convert to total renewable energy by 2050? Yes! Stanford University engineering professor Mark Jacobson outlines a plan for the world to get all its energy – including transport and heating fuel and electricity – from wind, water and solar resources by 2050.

Costa Rica now 99% renewable Uruguay is 95%  renewable. Sweden generates around two-thirds of its electricity through renewable sources. Norway and Iceland rank even higher. In July, Denmark generated 140% of its electricity demand from wind power.

Leading the Way: Here Are 3 of World's Most Sustainably Powered Communities
5 min. inspiring video

Governor Of New York calls for 50% Renewable Electricity By 2030

Wind Power Continues Steady Growth Across US
50,000 turbines across 40 states now. Goal is 20% wind by 2030. Price has decreased 66% in last 6 years.

Three Problems With Transitioning to Renewable Energy and How to Fix Them      

 

Take Action!

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

The Russian Woodpecker Winner of a Grand Jury Prize at Sundance 2015, this real-life thriller follows artist Fedor Alexandrovich on his quest to uncover the truth about the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Bloor Hot Docs, Toronto. Wed. Jan. 6, 6:30 & 9:15 p.m., Thur. Jan. 7, 6:45 p.m.

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

Ontario Geothermal Association 2016 Conference February 4 – 5, Kitchener, Ontario



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