No Nukes News

June 7, 2011

 

"Usually one does not recognize historic moments if one is too close to them. It's a label that should be used sparingly in any case. But this is one: An industrialized country now has a roadmap for switching to a sustainable energy supply, moving beyond dangerous and expensive nuclear power and dirty coal. That has never happened before. It is a step in the right direction -- and the world is watching." – In an editorial titled "A Moment Like the Fall of the Berlin Wall," the left-leaning Die Tageszeitung writes about Germany’s plan to shut down all their nuclear power plants by 2022

“Is the minor convenience of allowing the present generation the luxury of doubling its energy consumption every 10 years’ worth the major hazard of exposing the next 20,000 generations to this lethal waste?” – David Brower


New Nuclear Costs as Much as Solar Today

Nuclear Expensive and Uninsurable – by Paul Gipe

The results of the CEC study are startling. Most renewable technologies today, even solar photovoltaics (solar PV), generate electricity for less than nuclear power in 2018…

Thus, the cost to insure a nuclear reactor — at a minimum — would cost as much as the electricity itself from a nuclear plant built in California in 2018.

http://thinkprogress.org/romm/2011/06/06/237150/stunner-new-nuclear-costs-as-much-as-german-solar-power-today-and-up-to-0-34kwh-in-2018/


Fukushima cleanup could cost up to $250 billion

Kazumasa Iwata, president of the Japan Center for Economic Research, a private think tank, estimates the cost of the Fukushima Daiichi accident could range from 71 to 259 billion dollars.  The estimate includes $54 billion to buy up all land within 20 kilometres of the plant, $8 billion in compensation to local residents, and $9 to $188 billion to scrap the Fukushima Daiichi reactors. 

http://www.nuclearsafety.gc.ca/eng/mediacentre/updates/march-11-2011-japan-earthquake.cfm#June_3_2011

 

Radiation Understated After Quake, Japan Says

Japan said Monday that radioactive emissions from the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in the early days of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami disaster might have been more than twice as large as a previous estimate, suggesting the accident was more grave than the government had publicly acknowledged.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/07/world/asia/07japan.html?ref=energy-environment

 

Tepco Failed to Disclose Scale of Fukushima Radiation Leaks

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-05-27/tepco-faces-massive-problem-containing-radioactive-water-at-fukushima.html

 

Leaked isotopes likely to affect marine ecosystems more than terrestrial ones.

http://www.nature.com/news/2011/110527/full/news.2011.326.html

 

Japanese seniors volunteer for Fukushima 'suicide corps'

"My generation, the old generation, promoted the nuclear plants. If we don't take responsibility, who will?"

http://edition.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/asiapcf/05/31/japan.nuclear.suicide/index.html


Germany to shut down nuclear power plants by 2022

Excellent coverage on CTV News Channel (May 30 2011) of the German Government's decision to eliminate nuclear power by 2022, and implications for Canada and the world. 5 news videos, each interviewing different energy experts

http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/Canada/20110530/coalition-agrees-nuclear-free-germany-by-2022-110530/


Italians say "no" to nuclear during soccer championship

Greenpeace unfurled a banner during the championship soccer game last Sunday, reading: "From Milan to Palermo, let's shut down nuclear." The tag line at the end reads, "the crazy ones are you if you don't vote to close nuclear in the referendum. The national referendum will be held June 12 and 13. In the last one in 1987, Italians voted to shut down their nuclear power program which has never since reopened.

http://www.beyondnuclear.org/home/2011/5/31/italians-say-no-to-nuclear-during-soccer-championship.html


Canada's Port Hope Reaps The Nuclear Industry's Rewards And Risks

Cameco's shares have lost a quarter of their value since the Japanese disaster, and nagging questions about nuclear safety have raised doubts about the industry's revival. The company's stock tumbled again this week after Germany said it would phase out its nuclear power program by 2022, stirring concern that other countries would follow suit.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/02/canada-port-hope-nuclear-industry_n_870556.html?ir=Green


Getting nervous about nuclear power

The meltdown at Japan’s Fukushima power station unleashed a wave that threatens to swamp the nuclear industry’s much-hyped global renaissance…

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/international-news/getting-nervous-about-nuclear-power/article2040659/page1/


Don’t Mini-mize the Dangers of Nuclear Power

But Small Modular Reactors (SMR) still depend on designs that generate intense heat, employ dangerous materials (highly reactive sodium coolant), and generate nuclear waste. SMRs also retain all the risks associated with supplying, maintaining, safeguarding, and dismantling large nuclear reactors – only now those risks would be multiplied and decentralized.

http://www.earthisland.org/journal/index.php/eij/article/dont_mini-mize_the_dangers_of_nuclear_power


Blowing Smoke: Correcting Anti-Wind Myths in Ontario

This report aims to correct the main myths of these anti-wind activists, using credible scientific, mainstream sources to correct the record and to give communities the information they need to make sound decisions.

http://environmentaldefence.ca/reports/blowing-smoke-correcting-anti-wind-myths-in-ontario


Help doctors shut Ontario's coal plants now!

Ontario opposition leader, Tim Hudak, recently announced his committment to close coal-fired plants by 2014. However, we don't need dirty coal to keep our lights on -- we can shut down coal right now and still meet our energy demands.

Please click here now to email Mr. Hudak and ask him to commit to closing the coal plants this year. Coal smoke doesn't stop at the Ontario border, so no matter where you live, Mr. Hudak needs to hear from you!

An initiative of Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE)

A letter from an Ontario doctor: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/opinion/Coal+fired+power+disaster/4898074/story.html

And a letter from Angela: http://www.windsorstar.com/opinion/dirty+coal+power+exports/4898282/story.html


How Much Time? Urgent priorities for averting climate crisis

A Town Hall Meeting with a focus on opportunities in building the clean energy economy

Wednesday, June 15, 7-9 pm

In the Paris-London Room of the International Living Learning Centre, Ryerson University, 240 Jarvis St. (between Dundas & Gerrard), Toronto

Speakers:

Hon Glen R. Murray, MPP [Toronto Centre], Minister of Research and Innovation

Adriana Mugnatto-Hamu (Climate Change critic for the Green Party of Canada)

Moderator: David Macdonald (United Church of Canada Minister; former MP [Rosedale]; former chair of the standing committee on the environment (1990)

Sponsored by JustEarth (www.justearth.net)

Co-sponsors: Citizens Climate Lobby, Science for Peace, Greenspiration, Transition Toronto, Green 13


The Elliott Allen Institute for Theology & Ecology (EAITE), at St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto presents:

A Universe Story – Canadian Premiere

We are part of an immense universe and this changes everything

www.journeyoftheuniverse.org

Wed. June 15, 7:30 p.m.
Muzzo Family Alumni Hall, Room 100, St. Michael’s College, 121 St. Joseph St., Toronto

This film project and companion book is a collaboration of evolutionary philosopher Brian Thomas Swimme and historian of religions Mary Evelyn Tucker. They weave a tapestry that draws together scientific discoveries in astronomy, geology, and biology with humanistic insights concerning the nature of the universe.

The film will be introduced by 2 highly acclaimed Thomas Berry scholars who have worked on its production and content, and will be followed by discussion.
·       Mary Evelyn Tucker, Yale University; author of: Worldly Wonder: Religions Enter Their Ecological Phase; Moral and Spiritual  
Cultivation in Japanese Neo-Confucianism, and The Philosophy of Qi.
·       John Grim, Yale University; author of The Shaman: Patterns of Religious Healing Among the Ojibway Indians and editor of Indigenous Traditions and Ecology: the Interbeing of Cosmology and Community.

For more info: Dennis.ohara@utoronto.ca   Donations accepted.


Sign the Petition Calling for a Moratorium on New Nuclear Projects in ON

http://www.ontariosgreenfuture.ca/petition2.php

 

And order FREE anti-nuclear and anti-coal leaflets

They contain postcards to politicians. Courtesy of the Ontario Clean Air Alliance.

http://www.cleanairalliance.org/get_involved_order_pamphlets

 

Thank you for helping get the word out!


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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