No Nukes News

July 25, 2012

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

 

It's delicate confronting these priests of the golden bull
They preach from the pulpit of the bottom line
Their minds rustle with million dollar bills
You say Silver burns a hole in your pocket
And Gold burns a hole in your soul
Well, uranium burns a hole in forever
It just gets out of control

-- Buffy Sainte Marie

 

The World

Post-Fukushima, Japan's irradiated fish worry B.C. experts Little-known statistics compiled by Japan’s Fisheries Agency have documented persistently high post-Fukushima radiation levels in fish.

After Fukushima, Nuclear Power on Collision Course With Japanese Public In the face of overwhelming public opposition, Japan's prime minister recently announced that nuclear power plants will restart.

Japan Nuke Disaster Will Kill Up to 1,300 People Worldwide, Study Estimates Most fatalities, tied to radiation, will occur in Japan, Stanford scientists predict

Nearly 36% of Fukushima children diagnosed with abnormal thyroid growths

Japan Utility Takes out 2 Fukushima Nuke Fuel Rods All of the 1,535 rods in a spent-fuel pool next to reactor No. 4 at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant in northeastern Japan must eventually be moved to safer storage — an effort expected to take until the end of next year, according to the government.

Exposed: The Untold Legacy of a Secret Nuclear Weapons Plant Near a Major American City A new book exposes the truth about the secret plutonium factory once designated "the most contaminated site in America."

Great Canadian Nuclear Waste Saga Blessings and thanks to the late great Walt Robbins

 

Ontario

Ontario’s nuclear emergency plans are inadequate, post Fukushima In light of the Fukushima disaster, re-building the Darlington nuclear station should not be approved before the federal and provincial governments have publicly reviewed the adequacy of Ontario's nuclear emergency plans, say environmental organizations.

How NOT to Extend the Life of Aging Nuclear Reactors in Ontario Sierra Club of Canada’s submission to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) on the proposed refurbishment of Darlington's nuclear reactors.

Hudak Townhall Nuclear 5 min. video of Angela questioning Tim Hudak on nuclear cost overruns

Border hold up doesn't halt peace walk Jun Yasuda is currently leading the No More Fukushimas Peace Walk for Mother Earth, during which she and about 50 other people are walking from Syracuse, to Kingston, then to Toronto and to Buffalo and back. The walk around Lake Ontario is to bring attention and awareness to the effects nuclear power can have, both on the natural world and human health.

Chernobyl, Fukushima, Darlington and Beyond This was a presentation Angela made recently in Toronto. You can read the transcript or listen to the audio.

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

Developing Canada's energy strategy All Canada's energy might be provided by 55 per cent wind, 25 per cent hydro, 11 per cent solar, seven per cent geothermal, one per cent tidal and one per cent wave. Over the life-cycle, nuclear power emits up to 25 times more carbon dioxide (CO2) than wind per unit of energy. Both technologies (nuclear and coal) have nearly 20-year delays from planning to operation. Wind and solar require only two to five years from planning to operation.

Check out these solar kiosks at the Renewable Energy Technology Centre in Windsor

Small Japan Village Goes All Solar

Cheap power under our feet UK borrows Iceland's geothermal techniques to tap the heat at the centre of the Earth to solve our energy woes

 

Act Now!

It’s about efficiency, not handouts. 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.

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

No More Fukushimas Peace Walk  Join Buddhist nuns on their walk around Lake Ontario calling for a nuclear free future. Toronto event: Wed. Aug. 1, 6 p.m. veggie potluck, 7:30 p.m. talk, Friends House, 60 Lowther (St. George subway). Free.

Hiroshima-Nagasaki Day 2012 – Toronto: For a Nuclear Weapons-Free World Thur. Aug. 9, 6:15 – 9 p.m., Church of the Holy Trinity (behind Eaton’s Centre). Speakers, prayers, performances. 

 

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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