No Nukes News

June 21, 2012 – Please pass this onto a friend! Happy Solstice…

 

Alternatives to nuclear energy are thousand times more abundant and million times less risky. To push nuclear plants after Fukushima is pure insanity. – Vandana Shiva

 

The World

Energy giant RWE pulls plug on nuclear power in favour of solar Huge delays in such construction projects in France and Finland have apparently convinced the company that nuclear power is not worth the financial risk.

Sweden on alert after explosives found near nuclear plant

Zealots of the Atom The Nuclear Cult

Japan approves 2 reactor restarts, more seen ahead As many as 10,000 demonstrators gathered outside Noda's office on Friday night amid a heavy police presence to denounce the restarts, urging the premier to step down and shouting "Lives matter more than the economy." Activists have collected more than 7.5 million signatures on a petition urging an end to atomic power. Protesters have poured into the street almost daily over the past week.

Journey to the Disaster Zone: Japan 311 CBC's The Nature of Things with David Suzuki  - 45 min. documentary. David presents his quest for answers to the tragedy, and finds that innovative technology and the re-assessment of conventional thinking might turn a cataclysm into a blueprint for the future.

Audience's Protest and Poignant Words from A Fukushima Woman 6 min. video

Husband of Fukushima suicide victim demands justice Evacuees from last year's Fukushima nuclear disaster lost everything: their home, their jobs, and any hope for the future.

Surviving Japan New documentary film crowdfunded

 

Ontario

Ontario's Pickering Nuclear Station Forced Offline for Repairs After Tritium Leak

Conservation vs. Electricity Supply For every dollar the OPA has spent on energy conservation, it has contracted for $36 of electricity supply. As a result, we have a glut of electricity which has driven the price down, so then we subsidize industry to take it. This during a time of austerity and climate change?  

Industry needs help to increase energy productivity, not handouts The 1950s approach of the Industrial Electricity Incentive Program, by contrast, reflects the glut of power the province has been left with thanks to the multi-billion dollar re-build of two aging reactors at the Bruce Nuclear Station. Of course, it is Ontario’s hard working families who will pick up the bill when the province gives big business electricity at 2 cents a kWh. (In fact, it’s pretty much an exact replay of what happened in the 1990s when the Darlington reactors came online to fill an electricity supply gap that had long since vanished in the time it took to complete that mega-project which came in 4.5 times over budget.)

 

Renewables and Conservation

Ontario’s First 100% First Nations Wind Energy Project Opens on Manitoulin Island

Japan approves renewable subsidies in shift from nuclear power

Denmark Pushes Through First-Ever EU Energy Efficiency Law to reduce energy consumption by 17% by 2020

The truth about renewable energy: Inexpensive, reliable, and inexhaustible

Mothers for Sustainable Energy

America Could Have Dropped Big Oil Decades Ago -- What Happened? Renewables are still just scraping by, while we're beholden to dirty fossil fuels. An important history lesson explains why.

Bursary: CanWEA celebrates Global Wind Day with new Power of Wind Blog Contest

Solar Professional Training Course 5 day course offered in July, Aug. and Oct. at Kortright, ON

 

Act Now! 

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.

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.

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

 

Events

SolarShare 1st Annual General Meeting June 21, Toronto. The SolarShare Board of Directors will update you on all aspects of the business, your investment, the projects and new opportunities.

Active Hope – with Joanna Macy How to face the mess we’re in without going crazy. 7:30 p.m. June 21, OISE, Toronto

Neighbouring Wind Turbines: Perspectives from an Alberta Landowner ON Tour with Heidi Eijel, an Albertan landowner from Pincher Creek, and Tim Weis, Pembina Institute. June 25: Grand Bend. June 26: London. June 27: Chatham-Kent.

Solar Power Your Portfoloio June 27, 6-7 p.m., 221 Yonge, Toronto. Join us for a conversation about community-based solar energy solutions. Free.

Stop the Nuke Dump from coming to Saugeen Shores Join us for the first peaceful protest walk of the summer, June 30, 11 a.m. starting @ The Flagpole in Southampton

 

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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