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June 18, 2013 –   Please pass this onto a friend!

“Let’s cut in half the energy wasted by our homes and businesses over the next 20 years.” US President Barack Obama



The World

Harper government protects nuclear polluters Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver announced today that the Harper government will continue protecting the nuclear industry from liability in the event of a Fukushima type accident. Meanwhile, the international community is increasingly making reactor operators and suppliers responsible for their actions. Why not Canada? By Shawn-Patrick Stensil, Greenpeace
 
Nuclear power plants to be on the hook for $1-billion in event of meltdown  The Harper government says Canada’s nuclear operators should not have to pay more than a billion dollars in total compensation in the event of a catastrophic incident at one of their reactors. “Mr. Oliver’s action would only have meaning if it was accompanied by a commitment to phase out nuclear power as Sweden and Germany have begun,” said Mr. Bennett of the Sierra Club. And Shawn-Patrick Stensil, a nuclear analyst for Greenpeace, said the announcement was a clear win for the nuclear industry. “Even if these companies are negligent they can’t be held accountable. That’s wrong.”

Point Lepreau loses millions in May as targets missed The reactor was operating at less than 1% capacity in mid-April and was brought up to 35% capacity in late April.  In May it operated at 43%

San Onofre Closure Seen as Latest Setback for U.S. Nuclear Power  "The decision to shut down San Onofre is another sign that the economics of nuclear are under pressure given the low cost of alternative sources"

Pandora’s Terrifying Promise: Can Nuclear Power Save the Planet? A conversation about a new pro-nuke documentary, its provocative claims—and the facts it leaves out. Why not breeder reactors? Can you have nuclear power without nuclear weapons? Are alternatives viable?

 

Ontario

Repairing Pickering nuclear plant is a waste of money These aging reactors are turkeys, and expensive ones at that — we estimate Ontario would save $850 million a year by shutting Pickering right now and switching to cleaner, safer and cheaper alternatives. by Jack Gibbons, OCAA

ON is doing more with less Electricity use dropped 10% between 2005 and 2012 despite GDP growth of 7.4%. If this continues, we’ll reduce the need for Darlington by 2030.

Third Ontario nuclear waste site possible Could be placed somewhere in the Orangeville area

Open letter to Ontario MPPs: World Bank and CIDA sanction CANDU Nuclear  The World Bank has suspended SNC-Lavalin’s right to bid on and be awarded World Bank Group-financed projects for 10 years. There are very close ties between Ontario Power Generation (OPG) Nuclear Projects team and SNC-Lavalin. OSEA believes it is in the best interest of all Ontarians for the Legislature to investigate OPG awarding a $600 Million contract to SNC-Lavalin for planning the Darlington Refurbishment.

 

Renewables and Conservation

100% Renewable Electricity is Here Iceland and Norway are there. Portugal, Denmark, Spain and Germany are getting there.

Why Wind Works

Go 100% Renewable Energy
is a global community which is proving that being powered by 100% sustainable renewable energy is urgent and achievable.

 

Take Action!

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

Proposed Toronto Green Standard Update a Step Backward for Energy Efficiency Proposed new energy efficiency standards would actually weaken the standards for low-rise residential buildings, jeopardizing efforts to achieve the Council-approved target of reducing Toronto’s GHG emissions 30% by 2020, and saddling Toronto citizens and businesses with unnecessarily high energy costs for years to come. If you think that Toronto should improve energy efficiency standards for new buildings, let them know before June 20. Find out more.

Tell U.S. & S. African governments: end radioactive "recycling" U.S. nuclear weapons waste could end up in your zipper, belt buckle or frying pan if the Department of Energy lifts its bans on release of metal from radioactive areas. South African nuclear weapons waste could end up in your earrings, forks or baby toys if three radioactive metal smelters are given licenses by the South African government.

Demand lower human-made radiation in food
The US limit for carcinogenic radioactive cesium is 1200 Bq/kg in food. Japan, which is still suffering a triple meltdown, has a limit of 100 Bq/kg. Both of these limits are way too high to protect our children. We are asking that the limit be reduced to 5 Bq/kg for all food, nutritional supplements and pharmaceuticals. Sign the petition.

 

Events

Renewables in Remote Microgrids Conference June 24 – 26, MaRS Centre, Toronto
 
Ontario Energy Drinks Tues. June 25, 5:30 p.m. onwards, 777 Bay St., Toronto
 
School’s Out! Toronto Renewable Energy Cooperative’s Fundraiser featuring Jeff Rubin. Wed. June 26 at the Steam Whistle Brewery, Toronto
 
Walk the Talk: A Peaceful Protest Walk Save our Saugeen Shores – say no to a nuclear dump on Lake Huron. Sat. June 29, 11 a.m.


Angela Bischoff
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