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March 18, 2014 –  Please pass this onto a friend!


The World

Nuclear Power: Their Profits, Our Risks 10 min. video. During the three long and frightening years since the triple meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi, the world has heard less and less about this manmade disaster. Money, power, and engineering hubris were put ahead of the lives and health of the people of Japan and the northern hemisphere as radiation releases continue to leave the site and migrate into the environment. This catastrophe is the world's worst industrial disaster. Decommissioning and dismantling the reactors will take decades and complete cleanup is at least a century away ~ if ever.

Reflections on Fukushima from Noam Chomsky to Ralph Nader and More Fantastic overview with lots of links.

Ex-Japanese PM on How Fukushima Meltdown was Worse Than Chernobyl & Why He Now Opposes Nuclear Power Interview and transcript on Democracy Now

Fukushima operator may have to dump contaminated water into Pacific Currently about 400 tonnes of groundwater is streaming into the reactor basements from the hills behind the plant each day. The plant has accumulated about 300,000 tonnes of contaminated water, which is being stored in 1,200 tanks occupying a large swath of the Fukushima Daiichi site. Fears are rising that TEPCO will run out of space sometime next year because it can't keep up with the flow of toxic water.

General Electric sued over 2011 Japanese nuclear disaster

Dismantling Fukushima: The World's Toughest Demolition Project
Taking apart the shattered power station and its three melted nuclear cores will require advanced robotics, 40 years and $15 bill.

Leak in massive Hanford nuclear waste tank getting worse The investigators exposed the government contractor in charge of the tank ignored evidence of the leak for nearly a year before doing any serious investigating into it.

U.S. Seeks Nuclear Waste-Research Revival in light of WIPP nuclear accident

Energy Department Suspends MOX Program
 Dr. Gordon Edwards reports that for financial reasons, the US Department of Energy (DOE) has decided to halt plans to use weapons-grade plutonium from dismantled nuclear warheads to fabricate fuel for civilian power reactors.

A world awash in a nuclear explosive? Japan is leading a global move towards dangerous reactors fueled by plutonium

Thorium Does Not Solve Nuclear Problems

 

Ontario

U.S. radiation leak raises Ontario questions Radiation has leaked from a nuclear waste site in New Mexico that’s been held up as an example by proponents of a similar site in Ontario.

Secretive, unprecedented, risky shipments of liquid HLRW from Canada to U.S. raise concerns

 

Renewables and Conservation

Green energy costs ‘minimal’ for consumers  “The lesson here is that Ontario has gotten off coal, has put in place renewables, and the ... cost to the average person is minimal.” And here’s a blog on the same issue with a graph that shows the breakdown of your electricity bill – 47% of it is for nuclear generation, 9% for wind/solar/bioenergy.

100% Renewable Energy is reality today National, local and regional governments are debunking myths on renewables, proving that 100% RE – and of course in close conjunction with energy efficiency & conservation – for the world is technically doable, economically an advantage and socially a better path.

Top 5 Reasons Why Geothermal Power is Nowhere in Canada

Energy: Islands of light
More than a billion people lack electricity, but now microgrids are powering up rural areas.

The energy transition tipping point is here

 

Take Action!

Tell Stephen Harper: Nuclear Polluters Must Pay A Greenpeace Canada petition to amend the Nuclear Liability Act. For more info on nuclear liability in Canada, click here.

Stop OPG's 30% price increase With a few clicks you can let all the ON Party Leaders know that you oppose OPG’s 30% nuclear price increase and that you favour lower-cost and greener options to meeting our electricity needs. Please sign now.
 
Quebec imports can save us $1 billion per year As our new pamphlet explains, importing clean hydro power from Quebec is a much cheaper way to meet our electricity needs than re-building the Darlington Nuclear Plant. Order free copies today to distribute to your neighbours, family and friends.

Premier Kathleen Wynne : Close the Pickering Nuclear Station Please sign the petition.

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

 

Events

WIRE – Women in Renewable Energy Networking Meet-up Wed. March 19, 5:30 – 7 p.m. Imperial Pub. 54 Dundas E, Toronto

Energy Efficiency in your home Sat. April 5, 1 - 3 p.m., 1499 Queen Street West, Toronto.

All-Energy 2014 A multi-stream world class conference, and a free-to-attend busy trade show showcasing the complete range of renewable and sustainable technologies. April 9-10, Exhibition Place, Toronto.

 


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