July 14, 2011
"By reducing its reliance on nuclear power gradually, we will aim to become a society which can exist without nuclear power. Considering the grave risk of nuclear accidents, we strongly feel that we cannot just carry on based on the belief that we must only try to ensure (nuclear) safety.” - Naoto Kan, Japan’s Prime Minister
“The strange, strange dream of nuclear power. We will pay and do almost anything to keep this illusion going, but the reverse myth is that the alternatives - the ones that don't poison and pollute the world forever - won't work because they are too expensive or impractical.” – Paul Hanley
“But think about it: if Lake Ontario became undrinkable, if we had a Fukushima disaster at one of Ontario’s 21 reactors, there would be no alternative potable drinking water. We’d have to build a pipeline to Lake Huron or James Bay or something.” - Mark Mattson
"Our objective is to rebalance the energy mix in favour of renewables.” - Kosciusko-Morizet, France’s Ecology Minister
The sale of AECL should prompt Ontario to drop its plan for more Candus
Rather than continuing to make an increasingly hopeless case to the federal government for support for its nuclear-based plans, Ontario should be seeking federal investments for the creation of a truly national electricity grid. Such an undertaking is far more likely to win backing from other provinces and would enable Ontario to connect its enormous, but intermittent, wind energy potential with those provinces that have large-scale hydroelectric storage capacity.
Fukushima meat sent to nine prefectures
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Canadian taxpayers have put more than $20 billion into AECL since 1952, when it was incorporated, and lost money on that investment in each of the subsequent 59 years. More than a billion has been poured in over the last four years alone. Canadians have paid though the nose to support the nuclear option, and most Canadians don't even use nuclear power.
The fact that the government had to pay someone to take the company off their hands proves the argument, made most forcefully by Amory Lovins of the Rocky Mountain Institute, that nuclear power does not work in a market economy because it cannot make a profit; nuclear power only works when the public shoulders the costs and long-term risks.
Jack Gibbons, chair of the Ontario Clean Air Alliance, reports that all costs in, nuclear power from CANDU plants costs 21 cents per kilowatt hour, whereas it is possible to buy hydro power for six cents a kWh and to produce negawatts for four cents a kWh. (Negawatts is a term for making more power available by reducing energy waste.) Gibbons points out it would be possible to build a virtual nuclear power plant using the negawatts approach for one-fifth the cost of the real thing, but with no longterm waste to contend with. Nor do we risk disaster, the possibility that the impossible might happen, as it did when the Fukushima reactors melted down, with anticipated clean up costs of $100 billion over the next 100 years.
PC Leader Tim Hudak is not saying how he will protect electricity consumers from the inevitable cost overruns on the nuclear power projects his party favours. Mr. Hudak refused to respond to a Clean Air Alliance survey asking what parties would do to protect Ontario consumers and taxpayers from massive nuclear cost overruns.
Meanwhile, the three other major party leaders – Premier Dalton McGuinty, NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner – all agree that nuclear companies should be prevented from passing cost overruns onto electricity users or taxpayers. Such a measure would force nuclear projects to compete on a more level playing field with renewable and natural gas generation projects, which are not allowed to pass along capital cost overruns.
Every nuclear project in Ontario’s history has gone massively over budget and it’s us – the province’s electricity consumers and taxpayers – who end up paying the bills. In fact, the real costs of Ontario’s nuclear projects have been, on average, 2.5 times greater than their original cost estimates. Ontario is still paying down a $19 billion debt left behind by nuclear projects built decades ago.
Please contact Tim Hudak and ask him if he’ll allow nuclear power companies to pass their cost overruns on to Ontario’s hard working families if he becomes Premier of Ontario.
Click here to see the full party responses to our survey.
No Solution for the Cost, Safety, and Waste Problems of Nuclear Power
Thorium reactors do not eliminate problems. The bottom line is this. Thorium reactors still produce high-level radioactive waste, they still pose problems and opportunities for the proliferation of nuclear weapons, they still pose catastrophic accident scenarios as potential targets for terrorist or military attack, for example.
Modern-day uranium exploration and mining are far from being as safe as they claim to be.
Windsor Star Editorial
What is needed is not additional baseload capacity, but simply the willingness of utilities to look at meeting customer load with different resources, and the development of forecasting tools and dispatch methodologies that easily and reliably integrate clean power sources into their systems.
A new law will help generate 1 million energy efficiency retrofits on homes and businesses and create over 14,000 full time permanent jobs.
Advocacy groups are calling for an immediate moratorium on all mountaintop removal mining operations until the federal government can mitigate the spiraling humanitarian crisis.
July 22 – 28, 7 p.m.
Royal Theatre, 608 College St., Toronto
Toronto Premiere Fri. July 22 – guest speaker Jack Gibbons, OCAA
The mining and burning of coal is at the epicenter of America’s struggle to balance its energy needs with environmental concerns. Nowhere is that concern greater than in Coal River Valley, West Virginia, where a small but passionate group of ordinary citizens are trying to stop Big Coal corporations, like Massey Energy, from continuing the devastating practice of Mountain Top Removal.
Send a letter now to Premier Dalton McGuinty and Conservative Leader Tim Hudak and ask them for assurances that SNC Lavalin – or any other nuclear provider – not be allowed to pass its cost overruns onto taxpayers and ratepayers. It’s your money – make your voice heard now before new nuclear contracts are signed. http://www.cleanairalliance.org/aecl
Let’s Stop Burning Coal Now
Send a letter now to Environment Minister John Wilkinson and provincial party leaders calling for a ban on coal-fired electricity exports. http://www.cleanairalliance.org/wilkinson_letter
Sign the Petition Calling for a Moratorium on New Nuclear Projects in ON
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