No Nukes News

July 18, 2012

Please sign this petition calling on the Ontario legislature to end the practice of passing on nuclear cost overruns to ratepayers and taxpayers.

 

The World

The World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2012 They're hooped. The World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2012 portrays an industry suffering from the cumulative impacts of the world economic crisis, the Fukushima disaster, ferocious competitors and its own planning and management difficulties.

Will lessons from Fukushima be ignored in Canada? Two voluminous reports from Japan and France draw important lessons from the Fukushima nuclear disaster that go against the proposed extended operation of nuclear power plants at Gentilly-2 in Québec, and at Point Lepreau in New Brunswick.

As Japan Says Fukushima Disaster "Man-Made" & "Preventable," Fears Grow for Nuclear Plants Worldwide 12 min. Democracy Now news story

Tokyo Rally Is Biggest Yet to Oppose Nuclear Plan 170,000

Fukushima vs. Chernobyl: How Have Animals Fared?

Stuxnet: Computer worm opens new era of warfare Computer virus's evident success in damaging Iran's nuclear facility has officials asking if our own infrastructure is safe. A 60 Minutes documentary.

How We Kicked Nuclear Out Of Alberta This is the story of 100 farmers and Mama Bear housewives who stopped the proposal to build nuclear reactors in Alberta. David beat Goliath again! By Pat McNamara

 

Ontario

Companies quizzed over yellowcake spill Nuclear regulators in the USA and Canada are investigating an incident at a Canadian uranium refinery when the lid of a drum containing uranium oxide from a plant in the USA blew off, leading to the exposure of three workers to airborne uranium.

OPG paying $26 million for estimates on building new nuclear reactors The slush fund never ends!

Kitchener-Waterloo is calling you With a razor-thin minority government hanging in the balance, all parties will be focusing on the upcoming by-election in Kitchener-Waterloo, likely to take place in September. This is a golden opportunity to draw attention to the major fork in the road facing Ontario energy policy – pour more money into expensive and risky nuclear projects or opt for safer and cheaper alternatives like energy efficiency, made-in-Ontario green power, and hydro imports from Quebec. Sign our petition calling on all the by-election candidates to sign our Electricity Consumer Protection Pledge. Backroom deals with enormous hidden costs are not in Ontarians’ best interest and candidates must be strongly encouraged to sign the pledge. Help us distribute our new pamphlet throughout K-W. For more info: angela@cleanairalliance.org

 

Renewables and Conservation

The World's First Baseload (24/7) Solar Power Plant In the future solar power plants will be as plentiful as personal computers or cell phones are today and they will generate energy on demand. Today I have witnessed the future of energy: a solar power plant capable of generating solar electricity around the clock.

Health Canada to study health effects of wind turbines A team of 25 experts in acoustics, health assessment and medicine will conduct the study, which will be published in 2014.

Canada is less energy-efficient than China, new study shows Only Russia fared more poorly, placing last among the world’s top 12 economies, with Canada lagging at 11th and the U.S. in 9th, according to the first-ever International Energy Efficiency Scorecard.

Join the Ottawa Renewable Energy Cooperative There is now an viable option for Ottawa citizens who wish to invest their money in the local renewable energy sector, while earning a fair return.    

 

Act Now!

Stop the Nuke Dump from coming to Saugeen Shores Write Council. Sign the Petition.  

Please email Energy Minister Bentley and ask him to create sustainable jobs and lower electricity bills by investing in energy efficiency. Please tell him that subsidizing the wasteful consumption of high-cost electricity is a fool’s game. It’s about efficiency, not handouts.

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

Tell Japan's Prime Minister: Keep Japan Nuclear-Free! Japan is currently nuclear-free--all of its 50+ reactors have been shut down since the Fukushima disaster of March 2011. But Prime Minister Noda is now seeking restart of the two nuclear reactors at Ohi as soon as possible. And this could be a prelude to more restarts. Our friends in Japan are asking for us all to raise our voices in protest. Sign the petition.

Sign the Avaaz Petition To UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Prime Minister Noda As global citizens, we call on you to urgently send an independent team of international experts to assess the dangerous situation at Fukushima Daiichi reactor #4 and recommend clear steps to prevent disaster. A pool of deadly radioactive cesium still sits exposed -- risking a human nuclear catastrophe 10 times as bad as Chernobyl. The Japanese government is not responding. It's time for urgent international action.

Urge Canadian government to cancel proposed radioactive waste dumps on Great Lakes shoreline

Hudak’s Nuclear Fantasy Ontario Opposition Leader Tim Hudak released his strategy to lower electricity rates, namely, cancelling the Green Energy Act’s feed-in-tariff for renewable energy and embarking on a major nuclear spending program to ensure that nuclear power will meet “half of our power needs.” Please send Mr. Hudak a message here and ask him to develop a credible, fact-based strategy to cut the real waste in Ontario’s electricity system – nuclear power.

Send an email to ON Energy Minister Bentley and ask him to finish the coal phase-out in 2012 and invest in energy conservation rather than build or rebuild new nukes.

Please email Ontario’s Finance Minister Dwight Duncan and tell him that the electricity sector review must include a “value for money” analysis of future supply options

Order our new leaflet calling on the ON gov’t to halt their massive nuclear expansion plans – they’re free and contain postcards to Energy Minister Bentley asking him to favour lower-cost, safer and greener options. Distribute them to your friends and neighbours.

 

Events

Let’s Make Nuclear THE K-W by-election issue Mtng. #2, Mon. July 23, 7 p.m., Heritage Room, City Hall, Kitchener. All welcome! Let’s have some fun with this…

Remote Power systems for Cottages July 21, Kortright Centre. This workshop connects the fundamentals of photovoltaic and wind energy production with the components required for back up systems for off-grid systems or emergency back up energy systems for homes.

Sustainable Energy Options (Green Energy Introduction) Aug 25, Kortright Centre. The course will help home or cottage owners decide what technologies make sense for them, and provide participants with an understanding of technologies in the renewable energy sector.

Photovoltaic Generation Sep 8, Kortright Centre. This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of photovoltaics (PV), and will provide you with the basic theory of photovoltaics including practical applications and installation.

 

Angela Bischoff
Outreach Director
Ontario Clean Air Alliance
160 John Street, Suite 300, Toronto, Ont. M5V 2E5
Phone 416-260-2080 ext. 1
angela@cleanairalliance.org
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