No Nukes News

May 30, 2017

 

Powering smart action on climate in Ontario: A fiscally responsible climate-action strategy for electricity in Ontario Our new report outlines options for reducing emissions from Ontario’s electricity sector at the lowest possible cost. That means conservation first, then water and wind power from QC and ON. No nuclear rebuilds or extensions.



The World

Switzerland votes to phase out nuclear energy and switch to renewables About a third of the country's electricity comes from nuclear reactors, but not for long.

UN Panel Releases Draft of Treaty to Ban Nuclear Arms 132 countries are participating in this landmark negotiation. It is a betrayal of Canada's long history of UN activism on arms control and disarmament that we are not one of them. It's time to rid the world of nuclear weapons by Desmond Tutu.

Radiation and Gender: One Basis for New Nuclear Weapons Treaty The proposed agreement recognizes, for the first time, that nuclear weapons and radiation put women and girls at greater risk than men and boys.

Nuclear industry prices itself out of power market, demands taxpayers keep it afloat Nuclear power is so expensive even some conservatives are turning on it.

Why nuclear could become the next 'fossil' fuel  Rising seas of climate change, risks of storm surge, radioactive waste, threats to drinking water, difficultly of evacuating large populations, radioactive tritium releases, exhorbitant costs, Westinghouse bankruptcy - are all rattling the industry.

Storage of nuclear waste poses threat to U.S., scientists warn Regulators greatly underestimate the risk and potential contamination of a nuclear waste fire triggered by a quake or a planned attack.

The nuclear solution to climate change is a SmokeScreen 2 min. video by Fairewinds Energy Education

Power Remember this classic anti-nuke song by John Hall, with Carly Simon, James Taylor and others at the No Nukes concert in 1979?

 

Ontario

Which Sault Ste. Marie by-election candidates are standing up for electricity consumers? In our by-election questionnaire, the GPO candidate said 'no more tax dollars on nukes'. The NDP candidate called for an 'independent review'. The Liberal candidate said she'd 'support nukes if cost-effective'. The Tory candidate said 'full steam ahead'.

Ontario’s nuclear emergency plan gets a ‘D
Lots of links here. Also, here’s a video of a news conference held by enviros critical of the plan.

Ontario vows to help ailing nuclear GE workers Ontario will do the “right thing” for workers left fighting cancer and other diseases after toxic exposures at the General Electric factory in Peterborough.

Fantastic photos from rally at the Pickering beach last week. Can you believe one of the world's oldest (1971) and largest (8 reactors) nuclear stations sits in the middle of the GTA, a stone's throw away from the public beach?

A Personal Story for Closing the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station

Nuclear waste shipments concern MP
Highly radioactive material has never before been transported over public roads in liquid form. The solution contains isotopes such as cesium-137, stronium-90 and plutonium-239. These isotopes have the potential to cause devastating damage to humans, wildlife and the environment if released. Here's more.

OPG Fails Again to Make the Case for Nuclear Waste Burial on the shore of Lake Huron, but also the federal review agency is  failing in its job, given their decision to omit public participation from the review..

 

Renewables and Conservation

France set for ‘massive’ renewables boom under president Macron “As renewable energy becomes more and more competitive, the nuclear industry business model belongs to the past.” - Nicolas Hulot, France’s new minister responsible for energy and ecology

Solar power in Britain outshines nuclear for the first time Solar panels produced more electricity than Britain’s eight nuclear power stations yesterday. Head of control room operations at National Grid called it the “beginning of a new era".

India cancels plans for huge coal power stations as solar energy prices hit record low The shift away from the dirtiest fossil fuel and towards solar in India will have “profound” implications on global energy markets.

Solar jobs growing 17 times faster than US economy
Overall, more than 260,000 people work in the solar industry in the US, up by 24% from 2015. And nearly 10 million people around the world had jobs in the renewable energy sector last year with solar photovoltaic companies leading the way. This is expected to climb to 24 million by 2030.

 

Take Action!

Ontario needs world-class nuclear emergency plans that protect us all. Sign up to speak out on the province’s nuclear emergency plan. A Greenpeace campaign.

Sign our petition to close the old and dangerous Pickering Nuclear Station when its license expires in 2018 rather than extend its life 'till 2028 which is OPG's hope. And then share it with your friends.

Can you spare a few hours to leaflet blitz your neighbourhood mailboxes? Help us make the closure of the Pickering nuclear station a public issue. Contact: angela@cleanairalliance.org

Stop The Great Lakes Nuclear Dump Sign the petition calling on Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna to reject OPG's nuclear waste dump on the shore of Lake Huron.

Order your free KI (anti-thyroid-cancer) pills here if you live within 50 km of an ON nuclear facility that includes all of Toronto and beyond. Download your anti-thyroid cancer posters here to post in your office, school, or local cafe

 

Events

The Price of Power Presentation by OCAA's Angela Bischoff Tues. June 6, 7 p.m. in Thunder Bay

Prayer Paddle for Patterson Lake June 10-14. Gathering in Northern Saskatchewan to prevent Patterson Lake from becoming another radioactive toxic sacrifice zone.

3rd Anti-nuclear World Social Forum Nov. 2 – 4, 2017 in Paris, France



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