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June 23, 2015 –   Please pass this onto a friend!

 

“If objective information suggests that serious and irreversible damage may result, a project should be halted or modified, even in the absence of indisputable proof." Pope Francis



The World

Clean Energy Groups Launch International Campaign to Keep Nuclear Power out of Global Climate Talks 7  international clean energy organizations launched a major new campaign in support of a nuclear-free, carbon-free energy system and to prevent nuclear power from being considered as a climate crisis solution when the world's governments meet at the COP 21 conference in Paris in December 2015.

Nuclear Power in Decline Nuclear power, once lauded as an energy source that would be “too cheap to meter,” is becoming too costly to use.

Officials Still Don't Know What To Do With 620,000 Tons Of Radioactive Fukushima Water, 4 Years After Japan Tsunami

The issues Federal Conservatives don’t want to talk about
Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq was to rule on a proposed nuclear waste site on the shores of Lake Huron by September, after a federal review panel recommended approval. But it is highly divisive among communities affected, so Aglukkaq merely put the decision off until December, after the election.

Nuclear Waste and Decommissioning are a Generational Transfer of Risks by Arnie Gunderson

Nuclear Waste: Abandonment vs Rolling Stewardship by Dr. Gordon Edwards. OPG hopes to abandon ON's nuclear waste under the shore of Lake Huron. But there is a better way - "rolling stewardship" - above ground, monitored, and retrievable, with a changing of the gaurd every generation.

 

Ontario

Extended deadline called ‘political posturing’ Nuclear-waste disposal near the Great Lakes has been a political hot potato for months and now it’s been dropped into the upcoming federal election. Rather than decide for or against a plan to build an underground vault for low- and mid-level waste near Kincardine’s Bruce Nuclear power plant, Federal Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq has extended the deadline to Sept. 1 for commenting on a recommendation that the project go ahead. That means the matter would be decided after the fall federal election, not before it.

Burial of nuclear waste near Lake Huron subject of legal action "The (panel) erred in failing to require OPG to fully study accidents and malfunctions that would result in adverse effects to human health and safety and to the environment," the application by Save our Saugeen Shores states.

What comes from the crypt? “Human error is always a possibility, and if an accident were to happen on the shores of the Great Lakes, a nuclear radiation release could endanger the freshwater supply for over 40 million people, both in the U.S. and Canada.” Nuclear wastes are a 400,000-year radioactive legacy that must be monitored and stored above ground, preferably not in one easily targeted central location.

 

Renewables and Conservation

A Fossil Fuel and Nuclear Free World is Possible: How to Power a Warming Earth Without Oil, Coal and Nuclear
Democracracy Now video and transcript

Here's what it would take for the US to run on 100% renewable energy It is technically and economically feasible to run the US economy entirely on renewable energy, and to do so by 2050. That is the conclusion of a new study in the journal Energy & Environmental Science, authored by Stanford scholar Mark Z. Jacobson and nine colleagues.

Renewables 2015 Global Status Report Find out what made 2014 another record year for renewables.

Alberta the only place in North America without energy conservation programs Alberta could create thousands of jobs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by the equivalent of 800,000 cars by funding the some of the same kinds of energy efficiency programs that exist in every other North American jurisdiction

 

Take Action!

Don’t Nuke the Planet Please sign the petition in support of a nuclear-free, carbon-free energy system and to prevent nuclear power from being considered as a climate solution when the world's governments meet at the COP 21 conference in Paris in December 2015. Individuals and groups invited to sign on.

Stand with the Pope on Climate Thank you for standing up to climate deniers, speaking the truth on climate science, and calling for global action to stop climate change. I stand with you on climate! Send your letter here.

Nuclear Waste Repository Decision Delayed Residents now have until Sept. 1 to offer their input into Ontario Power Generation’s proposed nuclear waste repository on the shore of Lake Huron. You can comment here.

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"

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 156 jurisdictions representing over 21 million people that have done so. Find out more here.

 

Events

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.

DGR Underground Nuclear Waste Storage Community Meeting Fri. June 26, 6 – 8 p.m, 1987 Hwy 21, Kincardine Airport Terminal

The End of Coal: Learning from the success of Ontario’s coal phase-out - Webinar Tues. June 30, 10 a.m. EST. With IISD, Jack Gibbons of OCAA and others.

March for Jobs, Justice and the Climate Sun. July 5, cities around Canada

Camera Atomica July 8 – Nov. 15, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. Groundbreaking AGO exhibition traces photographic legacy of “the bomb” and nuclear energy. Free public talk on July 8, 5:30 p.m. in the AGO’s Jackman Hall.

Climate Reality Leadership Corps training July 9-10, Toronto. Hosted by Climate Reality Canada




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