July 21, 2011
A Mori IPSOS opinion poll just after Fukushima found that 67% of the French public opposed new nuclear projects, and the long-standing support for nuclear power in the French technocratic elite is showing signs of strain, following Germanys phase out plan. The share price of French reactor vendor Areva dropped by 25% in response to the German nuclear exit. It had already fallen 14% following the Japanese crisis.
By Dr. Helen Caldicott
There is confusion and misunderstanding in the media, and amongst politicians and the general public, about what nuclear accidents, particularly the accident at Fukushima, will mean medically. It will be useful to explain how radiation induces disease and what sort of radioactive material is contained in a nuclear power plant.
By Paul McKay, author of Atomic Accomplice (I have copies for sale)
Currently, the world inventory of plutonium being stored at civilian nuclear plants like Fukushima is about 2 million kilograms. A typical atomic weapon requires 10 kilograms of plutonium.
Not only are there secular trends facing the industry, but the near-term outlook is also bleak. In short, stay away from nuclear stocks.
In an exclusive interview with the Star, Suzuki made a rare foray into partisan politics, warning it is “absolute insanity” for Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak to want to scrap wind and solar power initiatives that the Tories claim are too expensive. “I don’t get it, because it’s a job creator — I would have thought that the Conservatives would be banging away at the need to create jobs”
Hundreds of millions of federal tax dollars have gone to oil and gas projects in Alberta and Saskatchewan, and McGuinty said it's time Ottawa coughs up cash for his province's clean-energy projects.
Proposed energy strategy is not cool
To qualify for up to $5,000 in federal grant money. homeowners must finish their retrofits and have their follow-up energy audit completed before 31 March 2012.
Next July 1, the Australian government will put a price of $23 a tonne on carbon for the country’s 500 largest emitters. Three years later, the government will convert that tax into an emissions trading scheme, or cap-and-trade, whereby the government will mandate emission limits and let the market set the price. The country’s overall target will be to reduce emissions by 80 per cent of the 2000 levels by 2050.
Tribunal finds no evidence of harm to health in first project appealed under Green Energy Act
Local utilities may be reluctant to push incentives after energy board turned down Toronto Hydro
Jack Gibbons of the Ontario Clean Air Alliance called the decision "outrageously stupid." Gibbons said that the energy board is failing to protect ratepayers by squelching conservation programs. Without conservation, he said, demand grows. Then, expensive new generators must be built, and customers pay for them through higher electricity bills.
July 22 – 28, 7 p.m.
Royal Theatre, 608 College St., Toronto
Canadian Premiere in Toronto, Fri. July 22, 7 p.m. – 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
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
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