July 22, 2013 –
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If you think the work of the Ontario Clean Air Alliance is super exceptional – we're behind ON's coal phase-out after all, and now we're taking on the nuclear industry in Ontario – please vote for us in NOW's Best of Toronto here. And Angela (that’s me!) has been nominated as best enviro. Vote here. Thank you!
World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2013 Two years after the Fukushima disaster started unfolding on 11 March 2011, its impact on the global nuclear industry has become increasingly visible. Global electricity generation from nuclear plants dropped by a historic 7 percent in 2012, adding to the record drop of 4 percent in 2011. This World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2013 (WNISR) provides a global overview of the history, the current status and the trends of nuclear power programs worldwide.
Over 3 dozen U.S. Nuclear Reactors at Risk of Early Retirement The tough times the U.S. nuclear power industry faces today are only going to get worse. In the wake of nine major nuclear reactor closures or uprate cancellations in recent months, a review of the remaining U.S. fleet reveals that 38 reactors in 23 states are at risk of early retirement. The reasons listed in this “renaissance in reverse” include competition from lower-cost energy sources, falling demand, safety retrofit expenses, costly repairs, and rising operating costs.
Fukushima Plant Hemorrhaging Radioactivity into the Pacific Ocean 14 min. audio/video - Update by Kevin Kamps interviewed by various sources
Point Lepreau faces new problems, NB Power reveals NB Power will shut down the nuclear reactor again later this summer for repairs
Pandora's False Promises Pandora's Promise, is a new pro-nuclear propaganda documentary released theatrically in July 2013. Find a 38-page critique and 2-page summary here.
Radiant Wildlands The forests near Fukushima and Chernobyl likely have been changed forever. “There is no question that ecosystems as a whole are suffering,” Otaki says. “There has been a sudden, large change.”
Canada Aids and Abets the Spectre of Nuclear Terrorism Last year, NATO concluded that nuclear weapons would remain a core component of their arsenal and strategic planning (with no peep of protest from Canada). Canada's response to this reality is, among other activities, a secretive working plan to ship large amounts of bomb-grade uranium from Chalk River through the Ottawa Valley and to the United States for "reprocessing." Anyone who thinks this uranium will not wind up in a new nuclear weapon might be interested in some oceanfront Arizona property.
Energy Minister Chiarelli Puts Consumers & Conservation First Ontario’s Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli announced that the Government of Ontario will pursue all cost-effective energy conservation and efficiency measures before investing in new higher-cost power plants. This is a victory for consumers and common sense.
Save before you spend: A better way to meet Ontario’s energy needs For every dollar invested in energy conservation, three dollars are saved. Not a bad return.
Britain Sets Feed-In Tariffs for Residential Heating While Ontario and Spain are abandoning FITs, Britain--the birthplace of neoliberalism--is moving ahead with feed-in tariffs and is proposing FITs for community-owned renewable projects.
World Bank fights poverty with renewable energy The World Bank is now promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy, limiting its financial support for coal-fired power plants so as to reduce poverty and build shared prosperity.
Peru to Provide Free Solar Power to its 2 Million Poorest Citizens
20 Things You Can Do To Conserve Energy
Please send Ontario Minister Chiarelli a quick note here thanking him for moving forward with a commitment to putting conservation and efficiency first.
Conservation, Not Fracked Gas into the GTA If you think greater efficiency beats more pipelines hands down, send a message to Premier Wynne, Energy Minister Chiarelli and Environment Minister Bradley. Tell them you prefer conservation over fracked gas from the U.S.
Help stop dangerous LIQUID high-level radioactive waste transports from Canada!
Phase-out Pickering Nuclear Station and save $850 million per year Tell the Premier that we must avoid another electricity expenditure fiasco – don’t waste our hard-earned money rebuilding this aging and outdated facility! Click here
Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is seeking approval to build a nuclear waste dump 1 km from the shores of Lake Huron. This dump puts at risk the fresh water of the GREAT LAKES, relied upon by 40 million people in two countries. Tell Minister Kent and the Canadian federal government to stand up for the protection of the Great Lakes. Sign the petition
Abolish all Nuclear Fissioning Applications Sign the petition to President Barack Obama
Lakeshore Ride for Renewables to explore local green energy projects by bike, with Sustainability Ontario Community Energy Co-op. Sun. July 28, 11:30 a.m. Meet at Toronto’s wind turbine (Exhibition Place). Free.
Demand a Nuclear Weapons Free World Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration Tuesday, August 6, 6:45 pm, Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto – Public ceremony with speakers and musicians. Also Poster display: August 6 - 9, Toronto City Hall
Kew Beach Eco-Leadership Camp A fun and educational day camp for children age 9-13. Late August. Toronto. ------------
Many of you wrote us concerning Margaret Wente’s piece in this week’s Globe and Mail. Ontario Clean Air Alliance chair Jack Gibbons responded with a letter to the editor which was published (though edited):
Margaret Wente’s astonishing claim that nuclear power is cheap is reminiscent of the nuclear industry’s 1950s assertion that nuclear power would be too cheap to meter [“Staying cool?” – July 18th]
Unfortunately, there is no evidence to support these claims. In fact, every nuclear project in Ontario’s history has been late and massively over budget – on average by 2.5 times. And the cost overruns have been passed on to Ontario’s electricity consumers.
It has recently been revealed, through an access-to-information request, that cost overruns on New Brunswick’s Point Lepreau reactor re-build project were double the close to $1 billion previously reported – yet another example of the way nuclear costs are kept hidden to sustain the myth of cheap nuclear power.
It simply does not make economic sense to re-build the aging Darlington Nuclear Station at a cost of 19 to 37 cents per kWh, when energy efficiency can reduce demand for only 3 cents per kWh and when we can import clean, hydro-electricity from Quebec for 4 cents per kWh.
Since 2003 the Government of Ontario has signed thousands of contracts with renewable and natural gas-fired power producers. None of these suppliers are allowed to pass their cost overruns on to consumers. Nuclear power projects should be subject to the same market discipline. If nuclear power is forced to compete on a level playing field, the market will reveal that it is the highest cost option to keep our lights on.
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