No Nukes News

July 16, 2015

“Trying to eliminate global warming by building nuclear power plants, is like trying to solve global hunger by serving caviar.” - Former NRC (US Nuclear Regulatory Commission) commissioner Peter Bradford



The World

The World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2015 For the first time in 45 years, Japan was without nuclear electricity, and no lights went out. AREVA, the self-proclaimed global leader in nuclear energy, went technically bankrupt. France is reducing nuclear electricity from 75% to 50% by 2025. And more.

Economics of Nuclear Power with Mycle Schneider 28 min. video presentation by Schneider, author of the annual World Nuclear Industry Status Report, where he provides an economic analysis of the cost of nuclear power and explains why nuclear cannot be a climate solution.

Nuclear Hotseat: Radio interview with Dr. Alex Rosen and Epidemiologist Joseph Mangano on radiation impacts and dangers from Fukushima.

The Iran Nuclear Deal – A Simple Guide NYTimes: Negotiators reached a historic accord on Tuesday to limit Tehran’s nuclear ability in return for lifting international oil and financial sanctions.

Iran nuclear deal for better and worse 15 min. CBC audio interview with Gordon Edwards. The Iran deal is a welcome triumph of diplomacy over war. In many ways it is a wonderful agreement.”

Quietly Into Disaster This critical film against atomic power plants deals with radioactive discharges, damages to health and the environment, reactor safety, accidents, evacuation plans, high level wastes, renewable energy, politics, ethics and public resistance. Watch it online here.

Three books show how close nuclear catastrophe is

 

Ontario

Stable geology is no guarantee for a safe nuclear waste dump Great piece about the proposed nuke waste dump on Lake Huron, ON     

Ontario Power Generation’s Plan to Bury Nuclear Waste in Deep Underground Caverns Beside Lake Huron Must be Stopped 100 public interest groups have issued an “Open Letter to the Government of Ontario”

Oshawa says no to nuclear waste burial Oshawa, Ajax, Toronto, Kingston and Brampton have all passed resolutions opposing the burial of nuclear waste deep underground the Great Lakes basin

U.S. Senate committee passes amendment to protect Great Lakes from nuclear waste burial in Ontario

 

Renewables and Conservation

Wind power generates 140% of Denmark's electricity demand Unusually high winds allowed Denmark to meet all of its electricity needs – with plenty to spare for Germany, Norway and Sweden too

Small country, big challenge: Switzerland’s upcoming transition to sustainable energy
Post-Fukushima, Switzerland decided to shut down its 5 nuclear plants and go green.

Home Solar Panels: Pros, Cons, and Hidden Costs

Building our Energy Future – One Turbine at a Time
This 5 min. video shows how a wind turbine is installed in just 3 weeks. Brilliant and graceful.

Find an Environmental Champion: GreenPAC Do you think it’s time for the Canadian federal government to champion the environment? If you care about the environment, take this quick survey to find an environmental champion who will represent your values.

 

Take Action!

New Leaflet Free! Informative! Order many to distribute to your friends and neighbours. They describe in full color Ontario's energy options: 10 rebuilt nuclear reactors vs. water power from Quebec. We have a choice.

Petition to Ontario: Import safe and low-cost water power from Quebec rather than rebuild 4 nuclear reactors at Darlington Please sign OCAA's  petition.

Hearings: Join the fight against the Darlington rebuild Early November, the CNSC is holding hearings on the rebuilding of 4 Darlington reactors. Greenpeace is organizing to support public participation. Get involved.

Make Cameco Pay Up Cameco (a major Cdn. uranium corporation) should pay up the over $1.5 billion that they owe the people of Canada. They have been practicing tax avoidance through off shore tax shelters. Please sign the petition.

Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq – don’t let OPG dump nuclear waste on the shore of Lake Huron Please sign the petition.

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 Radioactive Contamination of the Pacific Ocean from the Fukushima nuclear power plant site Please sign the petition. It is unacceptable that radioactive contamination is continuing in our oceans.

Manifesto on the Future of War and Climate Change It falls to us to decry the reckless acceleration of armaments and the criminal destruction of the ecosystem. Please sign.

2015 NOW Reader’s Choice poll I’ve been nominated in the Best Activist Category, and OCAA has been nominated in the Best Enviro Group category. Please vote.

 

Events

Camera Atomica July 8 – Nov. 15, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. Groundbreaking AGO exhibition traces photographic legacy of “the bomb” and nuclear energy. See 8 of the photos here. Free on Wed. nights.
 
Cleaning Up the Energy Sector: Where Does Canada Stand on Clean Energy A webinar hosted by the Conference Board of Canada. July 22, 2 p.m. EST
 
Sacred Water Walk June 23, Matane QC to Aug. 20, Madeline Island, WI. In honour of the sacred waters and against oil pipelines, nuclear waste and power, and train derailments.
 
Ground Zero to Global Zero: Hope After 70 Years Thur. August 6, 6:45 – 8:45 p.m., The Church of the Holy Trinity, Toronto. An Hiroshima/Nagasaki Day Toronto Coalition event marking the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
 
Ride for Renewables Sun. Sept. 13. Together we'll ride from Pickering to Darlington to show our opposition to rebuilding the four aging reactors at Darlington. We'll call for our money to be invested instead in renewable energy.



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