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May 15, 2015 –   Please pass this onto a friend!


"Democratization of energy is a powerful and positive vision for the future, far more appealing than a world of increasing extremes of wealth and poverty, and consequent violent social unrest... Decentralized and democratized energy systems should be encouraged using means such as the feed-in tariff under Ontario's Green Energy Act." Ole Henriskson

The World

Fukushima nuclear plant operator faces 10,000 lawsuits

Nunavut review board says no to Kiggavik uranium mine
After a lengthy environmental assessment process that began Jan. 16, 2009, the Nunavut Impact Review Board says Areva Canada’s proposed Kiggavik uranium mine “should not proceed at this time.”

Crisis for Areva's La Hague plant as clients shun nuclear

Flood risk to nuclear reactors raises meltdown fears
Sea level rise, storm surges and bursting dams all pose an increasing danger to nuclear power stations across the world, writes Paul Brown, as the long term risk posed by climate change combines with chance events from extreme weather events to earthquakes.

Nuclear Plant Fire Caused Oil Spill In Hudson River Heat from blaze at Indian Point 3 reignited fire. Here’s another piece with more details about the transformer fire. Did We Almost Lose New York? Great  video with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. discussing the Indian Point explosion. US nuclear plant explosion at Indian Point nuclear facility 40 miles from New York city shuts down after a transformer failure. Fire prompts renewed calls to close the Indian Point nuclear plant. And here too.

Into Eternity Watch this superb feature length documentary. Every day, the world over, large amounts of high-level radioactive waste created by nuclear power plants is placed in interim storage, which is vulnerable to disaster. In Finland the world’s first permanent repository is being hewn out of solid rock - a huge system of underground tunnels - that must last 100,000 years as this is how long the waste remains hazardous.

 

Ontario

100 groups call on Premier Wynne to protect the Great Lakes & stop OPG’s proposed nuclear waste dump This is the news release, and here's the Open Letter. Ontario Power Generation is proposing to bury 200,000 cubic metres of radioactive wastes produced during reactor operations deep underground in a series of underground caverns carved out of limestone on the shore of Lake Huron.

Beyond Nuclear decries Canadian radioactive waste dump on Great Lakes shore, vows intensified resistance

How Ontario and Quebec can fight climate change together
Quebec has an abundance of clean hydro power and is rumoured to be looking for buyers for some of that electricity. More clean hydro would be a welcome addition to Ontario’s electricity mix. It could act as a sort of battery to help balance out swings in electricity demand. It would also reduce the need to build new polluting natural gas plants, as currently called for in Ontario’s Long Term Energy Plan. Depending on the amount of power available, clean hydro from Quebec could even help Ontario avoid the ruinously expensive refurbishment of some of its nuclear units.

Ontario, Quebec, Electricity and Climate Change: Jack Gibbons  12 min. video outlining ON’s opportunities to lower bills and move to a renewable future, and what stands in the way of that vision. Scroll forward to 57’30”

Dr. Gordon Edwards on radio Scroll forward to 29’40” Dr. Edwards speaks about the Tesla battery, ON’s nuclear waste issues, the Bruce relicensing hearings and more.

Kincardine Resident Points To Gaps In Nuclear Emergency Planning A community activist says the business of nuclear emergency planning is inconsistent, lacks clarity, is not timely and is poorly accessible to the public.

 

Renewables and Conservation

From the grid to energy democracy: Making the renewables transition

Pondering Germany’s 'Energiewende
' 15 years ago, German politicians agreed to wean the country off fossil fuels and nuclear energy. The shift has been expensive and mistakes were made, but it has put Germany on a path to a cleaner, greener economy.

SunEdison completes two solar plants in Ontario The power generated by the two plants will be enough to supply more than 4,000 homes for 20 years

Hawaii Will Soon Get 100% Of Its Electricity From Renewable Sources

Renewable energy alleviates energy poverty and mitigates climate change


Why is Texas changing its mind about wind power? Texas became the country's biggest wind power producer thanks to generous subsidies; now it's poised to revoke them

 

Take Action!

Sign the petition to shut down the Indian Point nuclear plant And here’s another one.

Open Letter to Premiers Couillard and Wynne  Please click here to send a letter to Premiers Wynne and Couillard asking them to sign a long-term electricity cooperation agreement to save both provinces $14 billion while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Sign the Declaration of the World Uranium Symposium 2015  Individuals and groups encouraged to sign

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

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 154 jurisdictions representing over 21 million people that have done so.

 

Events

Mr. Burns – a Post-Electric Play with the Simpsons Theatre May 9 – 31, Toronto

Canadian German Conference on Renewable Energies in Buildings Fri. May 29, Toronto





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