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March 30, 2015 –   Please pass this onto a friend!



Achieving our climate goals while lowering our energy bills OCAA’s latest report on how gov’t can save ON businesses and consumers $34 billion (over the next 20 years) and meet our carbon reduction commitments through cost-effective conservation and water power from Quebec.

The World

Mark Z. Jacobson on nuclear power’s climate footprint His new study states that nuclear power results in 25 times more carbon emissions than wind. Furthermore,1.5% of plants have melted down, and there are problems related to weapons proliferation with nuclear, radioactive waste, mining damage, etc. Not even mentioning the cost, which is very high and currently subsidized in the U.S. It’s not a viable option; it’s really the nuclear industry trying to push it to get more business.”

Four power companies to scrap 5 aging nuclear reactors in Japan amid safety concerns in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear crisis.

Japan Govt Audit: Millions of Dollars Wasted in Fukushima Nuclear Cleanup

Chernobyl: Containing the world's worst nuclear accident
At Chernobyl, where the core of the reactor melted right down into the ground almost 30 years ago, workers are now building the largest mobile structure every constructed. Chernobyl Safe Confinement nears final stage, but funds need boost. But there is a €100 million funding gap which the international community must close. And then the international community needs to pony up to decommission the other 3 of Chernobyl’s reactors.

Thorium & Small Modular Reactors: Solutions? Not. Great links in this blog post about why and why not.

IRS targets Canadian uranium producer Cameco as CRA tax dispute intensifies The CRA dispute, with back taxes and transfer-pricing penalties, could amount to as much as $1.5-billion, with other penalties added on top.

Official Report: Nuclear Waste Accident Caused By Wrong Cat Litter A yearlong investigation by the US Dept. of Energy, in a 277 page report, has concluded that a major accident at a nuclear waste dump in New Mexico in Feb. 2014 was caused by the wrong brand of cat litter. This is the same nuclear waste dump that the NWMO has held up as a model for their own nuke dump proposed for the shore of Lake Huron, Ontario.

 

Ontario

ON is in the midst of an energy revolution, but remains stubbornly committed to nuclear While most of Ontario's nuclear power plants are entering the end phase of their design life, the Ontario government continues to sink billions of dollars into extending their life, when there are much more economically viable and renewable options.

Hydro-Quebec looking south to new markets Hydro Quebec is looking for markets for its vast water power resources. Vermont is going for the gold. Ontario needs to step up and negotiate a deal for this water power that is much lower cost and lower risk than rebuilding our nuclear stations.

 

Renewables and Conservation

Canada missing out on green energy revolution 'While other economies have made clean-energy industries and services a trade priority, some of us cling to the notion that our carbon-based fuels constitute our only competitive advantage.'

ZooShare hopes to turn zoo manure into electricity for Ontario

The Texas Town That Just Quit Fossil Fuels
Last week Georgetown, Texas, a town of about 50,000 about 30 miles north of Austin announced that the utility that it owns would soon get 100 percent of the electricity it provides from renewables by 2017

Costa Rica powered 100% by renewables for first 75 days of 2015

Wind Facts
An initiative by wind energy industry leaders whose goal is to ensure Canadians have factual answers to their questions about wind power.

 

Take Action!

Leaflet dropping Premier Wynne’s Riding Can you spare a few hours to help leaflet blitz Premier Wynne's riding (Don Valley West, just north of downtown Toronto) with this leaflet? Email me and I’ll fill you in on group and solo opportunities. angela@cleanairalliance.org

Keep it in the ground Join The Guardian and 350.org and more than 87,000 others in urging the world's two biggest charitable funds to move their money out of fossil fuels

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. We demand public oversight of this deal. Order free copies of our new leaflet today to distribute to your neighbours, family and friends.

Please send a letter to Premier Wynne here calling for a transparent review of any proposed Bruce deal, especially in light of a potential conflict of interest.

Ontario Energy Board Grinches out on energy conservation  Please contact Energy Minister Chiarelli here and ask him to direct the OEB to make conservation a real priority.

Call for a Public Review of the Costs of Bruce B Nuclear Station A Green Party of ON petition

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.

Cancel the Darlington Nuclear Re-build Project A Green Party of Ontario 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. And urge your elected officials to pass a resolution to oppose the nuclear dump on the Great Lake Huron. There are already 145 jurisdictions, including the City of Chicago – representing over 18 million people – that have done so! See the list here.

Stop plans to build small nuclear reactors in Saskatchewan to power oil extraction from the Alberta Tar Sands Please sign the petition.

Stop the Nuclear Restarts in Japan A Greenpeace petition

Petition: Do not approve the re-opening of Japan's nuclear power plants The people in Fukui prefecture, Japan are campaigning against the governor’s policy to restart its nuclear power plants.

 

Events

Nuclear Activism: Past, Present and Future Wed. April 1, 4 - 6 p.m., U of Toronto

Ontario, Quebec, Electricity and Climate Change: Advancing the Dialogue Friday April 10, Montreal. Free. Online streaming option.

Act On Climate March On April 11, Canada’s Premiers are heading to QC City to talk climate. So are we. Join us.

World Uranium Symposium April 14 – 16, Quebec City

International Uranium Film Festival April 15 – 25, Quebec City It is dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the Atomic Bomb and the bombing of Hiroshima & Nagasaki in 1945. 

Indian Point Hot Docs film, Toronto, April 26, 28 and May 2. Enter the reactor core of nuclear power plant Indian Point, where a battleground of politicians, big business and activists has heated up. 



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