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July 17, 2014 –   Please pass this onto a friend!

 

Ontario

What's in it for Quebec? An end to electricity separatism between ON and QC would earn both provinces $$$ billions. Check out the infographic.

Hiking Quebec energy exports to Ontario would benefit both provinces The study says increasing energy trade between the provinces could generate about $12 billion over 20 years for Quebec, while Ontario could save the same amount over the same period by cutting down on its nuclear-energy production.

Ontarians have no excuse for being naive about nuclear Given what we now know about the cost of nuclear power, why is Ontario ready to throw good money after bad to refurbish the Darlington Nuclear plant? With the Darlington refurbishment, Ontario risks another half-century or more of crippling debt to produce inherently dangerous, over-expensive electricity with ongoing waste-disposal costs calculated in molecular half-lives.

GPO calls on Liberals to save billions by replacing Darlington nuclear plant with low cost water power

Lake Huron is no place for a nuclear waste dump
by David Suzuki. This “out of sight, out of mind” mentality must end. We can’t continue to dump garbage into the oceans, waterways and air or bury it in the ground and hope it will disappear. If we can’t find better ways to use or at least reduce waste products, we must stop producing them. We can’t afford to add the risk of radioactive contamination to one of the world’s largest sources of fresh water.

If You Had Five Minutes to Talk Alone with Obama or Wynne on Energy, What Would You Say?  1. Double down on energy efficiency. 2. Put a price on carbon. 3. Transition from OPG’s electricity monopoly to distributed generation.  4. Focus on transmission of distributed green energy to urban centres.

Ontario Failing in Fight Against Climate Change
A report by the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario shows that the government will likely meet its 2014 target (a 6% reduction in emissions below 1990 levels) largely because of the shutdown of the province’s coal plants. “But it’s not going to meet its 2020 target,” says Miller, “because it has taken very little additional action to implement the Climate Change Action Plan it released seven years ago.”

 

The World

Waves for Worry? Scientists weigh-in on status of radioactive waters from Fukushima Buesseler is leading an effort to collect and analyze water samples at 36 beach sites along the West Coast from Alaska down to La Jolla. “The bottom line is that (radiation) is a carcinogenic agent.” Women, children, and particularly fetuses, are more vulnerable to the effects of radiation.

World Council of Churches calls for a Nuclear-free World
The Fukushima disaster of 2011 has proven once again that we must no longer rely on nuclear power as a source of energy. Nuclear energy is not renewable and not based on a sustainable resource. Nuclear power is the pathway to acquiring the equipment, materials and technology necessary for the manufacture of nuclear weapons. We urge governments to phase-out nuclear power plants and reform overall energy use to increase energy efficiency and conservation, reduce carbon emissions and toxic waste, and develop renewable energy resources.

US Nuclear Waste Dump Continues to Emit Dangerous Levels of Radiation
What happened is still a mystery after an accident near the surface site of a New Mexico nuclear waste storage facility in February. And this is what they want to build on the shores of Lake Huron in Ontario?

Japan digs cavern for nuclear lab under reindeer farm
Japanese utilities have more than 17,000 tons of "spent" fuel rods. What to do with them is a vexing problem - how to store radioactive waste safely for as long as 100,000 years in a country that is susceptible to volcanic activity, earthquakes and shifting underground water flows.

How nuclear-powered nations are tackling highly radioactive waste storage headache

Debris cleanup at Fukushima reactor may have contaminated rice crops

 

Renewables and Conservation

Solar has won. Even if coal were free to burn, power stations couldn't compete As early as 2018, solar could be economically viable to power big cities. The rapid uptake of rooftop solar – dubbed the democratisation of energy – is raising the biggest challenge to the centralised model of generation.

Thousands of Fukushima employees quit to pursue solar power

India accelerates solar revolution, doubles tax on coal

The German Coal Conundrum
Is Germany building new coal plants to replace nuclear despite the country’s green ambitions?

Homeland Security Adopting 100% Renewable Energy? The Yes Men Strike Again 11 min. video

 

Take Action!

International appeal in solidarity with Russian anti-nuke group EcoDefense declared “foreign-agent” Please sign the petition

Click here to send a message to Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli to let him know that you are opposed to higher fixed charges. Tell him you want to be rewarded, not penalized, for saving energy. Find out more here.

Stop OPG's 30% price increase With a few clicks you can let all the ON Party Leaders know that you oppose OPG’s 30% nuclear price increase and that you favour lower-cost and greener options to meeting our electricity needs. Learn more here, sign here, order free leaflets here.

Quebec imports can save us $1 billion per year As our new pamphlet explains, importing clean hydro power from Quebec is a much cheaper way to meet our electricity needs than re-building the Darlington Nuclear Plant. Order free copies today to distribute to your neighbours, family and friends.

Premier Kathleen Wynne : Close the Pickering Nuclear Station 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 60+ jurisdictions that have done so! See the list here.

 

Events

Quietly Into Disaster Free film screening and discussion with guest speaker Angela Bischoff, OCAA. Tues. Aug. 12, 7 p.m. 2nd Floor - Council Chamber, Swansea Town Hall, Toronto. This documentary deals with facts and topics concerning nuclear power: damages done to health and environment, nuclear waste and politics, renewable energies, reactor safety, the serious implications of a nuclear accident and public resistance.

Peoples Social Forum Aug. 21 – 24, Ottawa. A grassroots, historical gathering of progressives from Québec, Canada and First Nations.


 


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