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May 26, 2015 –   Please pass this onto a friend!



“Without a comprehensive review and plan, they are setting us up for a mobile Chernobyl.” - Rep. Higgins re: the plan for nuclear transport from Canada to the U.S.



The World

The Age of Nuclear Waste is Upon Us: Are We Ready? “Nuclear waste is everybody’s business. Decisions can no longer be left to the discretion of the nuclear establishment and its regulatory bodies,” said Dr. Gordon Edwards of the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility. Here are videos of the press conference: Part 1 and Part 2. The Press Package can be found here.

The accelerating decline of French nuclear power France is at a crossroads and is having a national energy debate. A draft bill before the French Parliament calls for reducing French reliance on nuclear to 50% by 2025. Fossil fuels would be cut by 30% by 2030. Renewables would increase by 32% and overall energy use would drop by 20% (and drop by 50% by mid-century), achieved primarily by increasing energy efficiency. The Parliament is expected to approve the policy next month.

Solar Power Nepal’s Relief and Reconstruction This fund has been set up to support electricity needs in the most devastated areas. 100% of donations to the fund go directly towards free solar lights and electricity generation systems for impacted households, community shelters, and medical relief teams.

Higgins wins committee support for safety in shipping nuclear materials
Rep. Brian Higgins on Wednesday placed a big obstacle in the way of a plan to begin shipping nuclear material over the Peace Bridge next year. “Make no mistake, this is no ordinary truck. This material could be a moving target. This plan requires serious examination before moving forward.”

An Act of Protest, Not Sabotage, at the Birthplace of the Bomb “Why have we spent $10 trillion in 70 years, when that could have been used to transform not just the United States, but the world, into life-enhancing alternatives?... Instead, we make something that can never be used, should never be used, probably will never be used, unless we want to destroy the planet.” - Sister Megan Rice

The Forgotten History of Small Nuclear Reactors Economics killed small nuclear power plants in the past—and probably will keep doing so. Compared with natural gas, wind and solar, nuclear power is expensive. Worse, attempts to make them cheaper might end up exacerbating nuclear power’s other problems: production of long-lived radioactive waste, linkage with nuclear weapons, and the occasional catastrophic accident.

 

Ontario

Jack Gibbons on Ontario, Quebec, Electricity and Climate Change 13 min. video

Ontario has a genuine friend in Couillard Happily, discussions are ongoing between Ontario and Quebec about increasing imports of Quebec hydroelectricity into Ontario.

Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission considering SRB's future
Do we really need radioactive exit signs?  Maybe not.

Stopping the Great Lakes Radioactive Dump Groups Reject Canadian Panel’s Recommendation Favoring the "Big Nuclear Waste Hole" on the Shores of Lake Huron. “We reject any permanent abandonment of radioactive waste deep underground near the Great Lakes. And this project, at this time, under any conditions is absurd.”

Underground Nuclear Waste Storage Site In Bruce Closer To Reality “It is a decision that will affect the Great Lakes for the next 100,000 years. The last place to bury and abandon radioactive nuclear waste is beside the largest supply of drinking water on the planet,”

Dear Ontario: Please say no to a nuclear waste dump on Lake Huron Maude Barlow highlighted the threat that nuclear power poses to the Great Lakes. "I don't know how to say this other than this is an act of insanity, this would be a crime against future generations, this is a crime against nature. We know what's in this nuclear waste... and to even conceive burying it within one kilometre of these lakes is absolutely the most terrible idea I can think of."

Deliver KI pills to people in Ajax and Pickering The pills prevent the thyroid gland from absorbing radiation in the event of a nuclear emergency.  

 

Renewables and Conservation

Clean Energy Funds Beat the Market with Returns of Up to 37% Clean energy investments are vastly out-performing the rest of the stock market, putting an end to the days when “green investing used to be synonymous with losing money.”

Renewable energy industry supports more than 9 million jobs in 2014 -  up18% since 2013, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency.

 

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

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 155 jurisdictions representing over 21 million people that have done so. Find out more here.

 

Events

Nuke Busters 101 Webinar Wednesday, May 27, 6 p.m. EDT. The webinar will cover all the basics, such as: Number of nuclear weapons; Which countries have them; The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty; Terrorism threats / Nuclear mishaps; The Humanitarian Initiative. For filmmakers or students who might be interested in a short film contest, but aren’t familiar with nuclear weapons.

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




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