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June 2, 2015 –   Please pass this onto a friend!

 

“Their [i.e., nuclear industry] solution is to send nuclear waste up North and bury it in the geological formations there. End of problem. And that’s what they want. Without that they can’t continue to build nuclear reactors and produce more nuclear waste.” Instead he proposes above ground storage, on site where it’s produced, with adoption of ‘rolling stewardship’. - Dr. Gordon Edwards, CCNR
 
“One thing Wynne could do and should do is not spend $15 billion refurbishing the Darlington reactors when for probably half a $billion we could boost the transmission system and import the excess hydro power from Quebec.” – Jeff Rubin, Author and Economist


The World

New energy policy needed as nuclear giants take a hit Plans for a worldwide fleet of huge new nuclear reactors have collapsed, with the cancellation of a major project and no new orders being placed

Nuclear power not cheap, being phased out Former US Nuclear Regulatory Commission chairman Gregory Jaczko yesterday said that nuclear energy is playing an increasingly insignificant role in electricity generation worldwide, and that, contrary to popular belief, it is actually more expensive than a range of methods of energy generation. Cost estimates skip the money required for nuclear waste disposal and site decommissioning, which constitute the most expensive part of such plants, he added.

Plaintiffs suing over Fukushima nuclear disaster form nationwide network The network comprises 20,000 people. “So far, no one has been charged with criminal responsibility. Few (of the affected) are receiving compensation that they agree with, and few have a clear vision of how to rebuild their lives.” Evacuees are under growing pressure to return to their homes soon amid a government campaign to label their hometowns as safe.

Greenpeace releases confidential IAEA Fukushima-Daiichi accident report The International Atomic Energy Agency report fails to accurately reflect the scale and consequences of the Fukushima disaster.

France aims to reduce dependency on nuclear power to 50% by 2025 with its passage May 26, 2015 of a National Assembly bill to boost renewable energy. Currently, France’s nuclear power usage is 75%, the highest in the world. Ontario comes in second at 60%.

Radioactive waste disposal a challenge without end? Japan’s nuclear power generation system, which lacks a plan for final disposal of its radioactive by-products, has been lampooned as a “condominium without a toilet.” Since no local gov’t will accept the waste willingly, the national gov’t will impose it.

Nuclear Waste - Coming To a Town Near You Dr. Gordon Edwards toured Northern Ontario communities that are considering accepting all of Canada’s high level nuclear waste. More here. And here listen to a 32 min. interview with Dr. Edwards. And here Dr. Edwards is presenting to a group in Scheiber, ON which is no longer on the list.

Alberta’s First NDP Climate Victory May Have Nothing to Do With the Oilsands and Everything to Do With Coal Notley can phase out coal in AB, just like we did in ON. Time to go renewable.

 

Ontario

Ontario First Nations demand a say over nuclear waste storage

US Groups Urge Canadian Authorities to Ditch the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump
Opposition grows on both sides of the national border to OPG’s proposed nuke waste dump under Lake Huron. More here and here.

 

Renewables and Conservation

Energy Efficiency is the Cheapest Way to Reach Climate Goals Six different climate studies all point to the same conclusion: Energy efficiency is the cheapest way to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

The U.S. Could Get a Third of Its Electricity From Wind Power—and Save Billions of Gallons of Water and Lower Emissions So says the U.S. Department of Energy

Renewable Energy investment opportunity in Eastern Ontario
The Ottawa Renewable Energy Cooperative is constructing 4 new projects and is looking to raise an additional $1.7 million in equity and debt from members. An opportunity for interested citizens of Eastern Ontario to invest their money in change, and earn a financial return for doing so.

 

Take Action!

Petitioning Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli, Premier Kathleen Wynne Participate in a written debate on the topic "Rebuilding all our aging nuclear reactors is a very bad idea"

Sign the Declaration of the World Uranium Symposium 2015  Individuals and groups encouraged to sign

Please send a letter to the Premier right now  urging her to strike a deal with Quebec. Water power imports from Quebec can replace the Darlington nuclear rebuild at a fraction of the cost.

Time for Ontario to come clean on Bruce Nuclear costs This massive proposed deal would cost $60 - $111 billion, the largest private sector contract ever signed by the Gov’t of ON. Please send a letter to Premier Wynne here calling for a transparent, public review of any proposed Bruce deal.

Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump Please sign the petition to oppose OPG’s plans to bury their nuclear waste on the shore of Lake Huron. And urge your elected officials to pass a resolution to oppose the nuclear dump on the Great Lake Huron. There are already 155 jurisdictions representing over 21 million people that have done so. Find out more here.

Sign the petition to shut down the Indian Point nuclear plant And here’s another one.

 

Events

Nuclear Precipice: Ukraine, Russia, and patterns of U.S. Hegemony Fri. June 12, Toronto. Can the Ukraine situation lead to a Russia/US confrontation involving nuclear weapons? According to the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, the world is again at a precipice with threats of nuclear war and climate disaster.

School’s Out Party Fundraiser Wed. June 24, Toronto. Join Toronto Renewable Energy Coop Education for their 3rd annual fundraiser in support of renewable energy education. Networking, food, drinks and comedy.




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