No Nukes News

March 16, 2011

 

The best news service on the Japan nuclear crisis is Beyond Nuclear. Check it often.


Japan may spell end of nuclear industry worldwide

“The situation is very grim and not just for the Japanese people,” said Dr Helen Caldicott. “If both reactors blow then the whole of the Northern Hemisphere may be affected,” she said. “Only one reactor blew at Chernobyl and it was only 3 months old, with new cores holding relatively little radiation; these ones have been operating for 40 years and would hold about 30 times more radiation than Chernobyl’s.”

http://www.independentaustralia.net/2011/international/caldicott-japan-may-spell-end-of-nuclear-industry-worldwide/


Germany to shut down pre-1980 nuclear plants

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/15/germany-nuclear-idUSLDE72E17620110315?pageNumber=1


And in the US:

The US Republicans backing nuclear power aren't about to give up the struggle because of events in Japan. Meet Republican congressman Devin Nunes of California, who wants 200 new power plants and thinks the events in Fukushima strengthens the argument for more nuclear plants. Nunes has proposed a comprehensive energy bill that calls for 200 new nuclear power plants by 2040. The bill has more than 50 sponsors, including House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan. Citing the rarity of the disaster that caused the nuclear crisis in Japan, Nunes insists the catastrophe may actually strengthen the argument for building more reactors in the United States.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/blog/2011/mar/15/japan-earthquake-and-tsunami-japan


Japan Teeters on the Edge of Nuclear Meltdown, While U.S. and Other Countries Work to Build More Nuclear Reactors

You'd think the world would have wised up by now to the risks of nuclear power, but that's not the case in our country and many others.

http://www.alternet.org/environment/150247/japan_teeters_on_the_edge_of_nuclear_meltdown,_while_u.s._and_other_countries_work_to_build_more_nuclear_reactors


China Suspends New Nuclear Power Plans

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/16/china-nuclear-power-plans_n_836460.html


Ontario not backing down on expanding nuclear plants

http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/954547--ontario-not-backing-down-on-expanding-nuclear-plants


Democracy Now - Japan Facing Biggest Catastrophe Since Dawn of Nuclear Age

Lots of good info here. Watch the video or read the transcript here: 

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/3/14/japan_facing_biggest_catastrophe_since_dawn 


Water leak at Pickering nuclear plant

Canada's nuclear regulator said Wednesday there was a demineralized water leak at a nuclear power plant near Toronto late Monday after a pump seal failed.

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/954772--water-leak-at-pickering-nuclear-plant


Four explosions, two fires, and a cloud of nuclear mistrust spreads around the world

After decades of lies, nuclear reassurances now fall on deaf ears

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/four-explosions-two-fires-and-a-cloud-of-nuclear-mistrust-spreads-around-the-world-2242988.html


No Word for Meltdown: The Return of Nukespeak

http://www.smirkingchimp.com/thread/rory-oconnor/34975/no-word-for-meltdown-the-return-of-nukespeak


Solar power outshines nuclear power: Study

A year-long Queen's University study has concluded that nuclear power is simply not worth the risk when compared to solar energy.

The study concluded: "In light of these results and with the recent economic challenges, climate destabilization and a new-found emphasis on sustainability, U.S. energy policy needs to re-evaluate its options and appropriate available funds wisely by moving away from nuclear power and diversifying their energy portfolio to maximize the renewable (not alternative) energy potential."

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/954262--solar-power-outshines-nuclear-power-study


SunShot: Lowering the Price of Electricity from the Sun

The U.S. Department of Energy aims to make electricity from the sun cheaper than that from burning coal or natural gas

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=sunshot-lowering-price-of-solar-electricity


The Highway of the Atom

Description: Description: http://mqup.mcgill.ca/images/site/pix.gifThe surprising story of the atomic bomb's origins in Canada's North.

http://mqup.mcgill.ca/browse_archives.php?catalogue=35&page=3


End Subsidies to the Fossil Fuel Industry by the next Federal Budget

2 minute video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGUkma2qzhQ&feature=player_embedded

Then visit http://www.climateactionnetwork.ca/e/


Calling All Youth – Sign the petition opposing new reactors at Darlington

http://www.gopetition.com/petition/43683.html


Facing Off for Social Justice in a Militarized World

Conflict Zones, Human Rights and Health Care

Mar. 25/26, Ottawa, ON

Sponsored by Physicians for Global Survival

Agenda and registration: http://pgs.ca/?page_id=725


Nuclear in the Spotlight – Wed. Mar. 30, Toronto

Feeling powerless? Come out to our Nuclear in the Spotlight event in Toronto on Wed. March 30th to help us turn Ontario away from nuclear and toward safer options.  Check out our Facebook Event Page for more details.  We will be dedicating some ticket funds and taking up a collection at the event for Japanese relief efforts.

Hope to see you there. And until then, our thoughts and prayers extend to the Japanese people and all those who will be affected by this disaster, now and into the future.

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=192323914141758

http://nuclearspotlight.eventbrite.com/


Angela Bischoff
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