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July 9, 2012 – Please pass this onto a friend!

 

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

Fukushima nuclear disaster 'human-made' report The report catalogued serious deficiencies in both the government and plant operator Tepco's response. It also blamed cultural conventions and a reluctance to question authority

Japan’s Nuclear Collusion - public health & safety not a priority Interview with Dr. Gordon Edwards

Radioactive River Mud Threatens Lakes and Tokyo Bay Lakes across eastern Japan are being contaminated with radioactive cesium from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, and scientists are warning of a growing problem in Tokyo Bay. Radioactive mud carried down rivers is slowly accumulating in the lakes, in some cases making fish and shellfish dangerous to eat.

How to avoid a nuclear meltdown: Question authority A Japanese parliamentary committee has blamed last year’s meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant on a catalogue of humanmade errors, including a culturally ingrained Japanese unwillingness to question authority.

The Nuclear Accident in Japan: Impacts on Fish

Nuclear Power Causes Cancer: What Industry Doesn't Want You To Know by Dr. Samuel Epstein

Scores Arrested Protesting Vermont Nuclear Plant Nearly 40 protesters have been arrested in Vermont at the gates of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. The Vermont Yankee facility is one of the oldest in the country and has had a series of radioactive tritium leaks. On Sunday, anti-nuclear activists approached the Yankee plant with a 600-pound, handmade "Trojan Cow" filled with renewable energy devices. Scroll to 10:10

 

Ontario

Candu reactor employees on strike A full strike threatens the future of Canada’s nuclear industry as it will almost certainly guarantee the loss of technological talent. Senior engineers with years of expertise are choosing to leave the company, which could cause the design and service capabilities at Candu to decline, he said.

Concrete decaying at Canada's aging nuclear plants At Quebec's sole atomic power station, Gentilly-2, eroding concrete has prompted federal licensing officials to suggest that any provincial attempt to refurbish and re-license the 30-year-old plant must satisfy federal concerns over the aging concrete's ability to stand up to another two or three decades of service.

Two companies could build new Darlington reactors Ontario Power Generation has signed service agreements with two companies to design a pair of reactors next to the Darlington nuclear station.

Fukushima. Collusion. Only in Japan, you say? The level of collusion among nuclear industry, politicians & regulators is no less in evidence here in Canada. Why don’t more Canadian citizens speak up? Are we too obedient? Or just too lazy? Too complacent? “Too busy?” Too smug?

Save Our Saugeen Shores (SOS) rallied 500 people to protest the ongoing process of being considered a host community to high level nuclear waste

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

IEA sees renewable energy growth accelerating over next 5 years The International Energy Agency says that despite economic uncertainties in many countries, global power generation from hydropower, solar, wind and other renewable sources is projected to increase by more than 40%

Big increase in Scottish renewables output Scotland's renewable energy output increased by 45% in the first quarter of this year, compared with the same period last year. Scotland is aiming to generate the equivalent of 100% of its electricity needs from renewables by 2020.

Solar power brings electricity to the homes of India's poor Entrepreneurs and not-for-profit organisations explore affordable ways to bring renewable energy to all

German Combined Power Plant Demonstrates Real-Time Integration of Renewables A pilot project in Germany is showing how networking technology can create a 100-percent-uptime “virtual” power plant composed of widely-dispersed renewable energy sources.

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…

Death of Evidence Rally July 10, noon, Ottawa Conference Centre to Parliament Hill. The scientific community is sad to report the death of evidence, which passed away June 18th, 2012, after an over six year battle with Harper government policies.

 

Angela Bischoff
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