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Nov. 12, 2013 –  Please pass this onto a friend!

Water power from Quebec beats nuclear hands down If you think Ontario should quickly reap the benefits of low cost power from our neighbour, go to the Ontario Liberal Party Common Ground page, sign in and vote for and/or comment on my idea to replace new nuclear projects with water power from Quebec. We’re aiming to be the #1 idea that the Wynne gov’t hears. Of the 1576 ideas submitted so far, our idea is #20! Help us bump that up - thank you!

"I have seen a paper which says that if in fact the fourth plant goes under in an earthquake and those rods are exposed, it's bye bye Japan and everybody on the west coast of North America should evacuate," he said. "If that isn't terrifying, I don't know what is." - David Suzuki

The World

Graph of the Day: Nuclear prices itself out of market So how does nuclear compare with rival clean energy technologies? Pretty badly as it turns out.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. & Director of Pandora's Promise Spar Over Nuclear Power Fantastic 1 hour video debate.

Radiation from Japan nuclear plant arrives on Alaska coast Scientists concerned about lack of monitoring plan

Greens dispute climate scientists on nuclear power Environmentalists are pushing back against four prominent climate scientists (including James Hansen) who say the green movement should embrace nuclear power plant construction to help fight climate change. “Nuclear is a “dirty, dangerous, overly costly and proliferation risky failed technology of the 20th century.” He instead said there's a need to "urgently" ramp up deployment of renewable sources and energy efficiency technologies in order to curb greenhouse gases.”

Leading Scientists Issue Plea for Nuclear Power: Here's the Important Facts They're Missing

Legacy of the Deadly Love Canal
by Ralph Nader. Lois Gibbs did not shrug her shoulders and say “I don’t have the time or what difference would it make?” when calamity struck her and her neighbors. She is a testament to the fact that an ordinary citizen can command enough leveraged power to launch social movements that significantly improve our communities. It’s easier than we think to start turning things around. We have to believe so and show up.

The fight for Mother Earth against Father Greed Help support a new film - Crying Earth Rise Up! - that tells the story of the struggle of two Lakota Indian women to uncover the human cost of mining uranium on their sacred lands.

 

Ontario

Star editorial: Liberals’ nuclear reactor proposal isn’t wise investment The reasonable option would be to stop looking at nuclear and start looking at hydroelectric power, which is readily available right next door, in Quebec. Jack Gibbons, chair of the Ontario Clean Air Alliance, thinks the same thing. He says importing water power from Quebec could lower our electricity bills by more than $1 billion a year. The lines are already there, and they could handle enough power to replace 86 per cent of the output of Darlington. Hydroelectricity is clean, efficient and renewable. It is, as Gibbons says, virtually on our doorstep. What’s not to like?

Going Deep at Bruce Nuclear - The Agenda with Steve Paikin 27 min. video about what to do with Ontario’s nuclear waste. OPG’s plan is to bury it in a hole under Lake Huron. Brennain Lloyd spars with Kincardine’s Mayor.

Nuclear waste could pass through Niagara

 

Renewables and Conservation

A Road Less Taken: Energy Choices for the Future Arnie Gunderson compares the paradigm of 20th century large nuclear power plants to the new 21st century paradigm utilizing smaller interconnected renewable sources of power in what is called distributed generation.  Significant advances in digital equipment and computers, like cell phones and cloud computing, are creating a new energy future using diverse sources of power that are less expensive and have a smaller environmental footprint. 40 min. video

Geothermal: One of the most attractive renewable energy resources Hot rocks within the Earth provide a reliable energy source that is not dependent on weather. Photo essay.

How Denmark turned an efficiency obligation into opportunity Denmark has steadily invested in energy conservation ever since the 1970s energy crisis, when an Arab oil embargo caused fuel shortages and skyrocketing prices. The country’s conservation commitment recently increased with a 2012 agreement that’s expected to cut energy use 12 percent by 2020 compared to 2006.

Reviving nuclear power debates is a distraction. We need to use less energy The documentary Pandora’s Promise presents an environmentalist case for nuclear power. But why has the world has not turned to it as a solution? It's a matter of economics

The Greening of Community Power Community Power has grabbed the attention of both the public and private sectors in Ontario and that it is poised to grow further, play a wider role, and to mature as the system evolves to reflect the changing expectations of government and the communities who have given rise to the entire sector.

Light for Africa LightSeed Energy is raising funds through this Indiegogo campaign to send solar lamps to students in Zambia.

 

Take Action!

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.

Please congratulate Energy Minister Chiaralli on demonstrating some strong common sense by nixing new reactors.  And remind him that he should give the same sensible attention to the costly and unnecessary Darlington Re-Build Plan.

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

Conservation, Not Fracked Gas into the GTA If you think greater efficiency beats more pipelines hands down, send a message to Premier Wynne,  Energy Minister Chiarelli and Environment Minister Bradley. Tell them you prefer conservation over fracked gas from the U.S. And sign the petition.

Phase-out Pickering Nuclear Station and save $850 million per year Tell the Premier that we must avoid another electricity expenditure fiasco – don’t waste our hard-earned money rebuilding this aging and outdated facility! Click here

Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is seeking approval to build a nuclear waste dump 1 km from the shores of Lake Huron. This dump puts at risk the fresh water of the GREAT LAKES, relied upon by 40 million people in two countries. Tell Minister Aglukkaq and the Canadian federal government to stand up for the protection of the Great Lakes. Sign the petition

Remove TEPCO Before you Remove that Fuel The hot radioactive fuel rods at Fukushima Unit Four must be removed to a safer place as soon as possible. We ask the government of Japan to remove Tepco and find a more capable team to take control of the Fukushima site. Please sign the petition.

 

Events

Oss Talk with Zach Ruiter Tues. Nov. 12, 7 p.m. The Ossington, 61 Ossington, back room (N. of Queen), Toronto. Free.

Building a Passive House - The Practical Low-Down  Free BCSEA Webinar: Tuesday, November 12, 3 – 4 p.m. EST

CNSC meeting about the GE-Hitachi plant in Toronto Public Meeting Dec. 10 and 11 in Toronto. Written submissions and requests to speak must be sent to the CNSC by November 15. Find out more here and here and make sure your voice is heard.

Defend our Climate Defend our Communities On November 16th, help build a united wall of opposition to pipelines, reckless tar sands expansion and runaway climate change at local events across the country. Events in 9 Canadian Cities. Toronto event.

Water Power or Re-built Nuclear? With Jack Gibbons, Ontario Clean Air Alliance. Wed. Nov. 20, 7 p.m. OISE, 8th floor (252 Bloor St. W, St. George subway), U of Toronto. Free, all welcome

Increasing Sustainable Energy in the Long-Term Energy Plan Webinar Thur. Nov. 21, 10 a.m. – noon EST

NOW Toronto’s Best Activist Hey friends of OCAA, it's an honour to have been recognized with this award, in conjunction with Ontario Clean Air Alliance. Thanks for all your votes. We all make a difference, and it's a blast changing the world. Thanks for all you all do! Special thanks to Jack Gibbons and Tooker Gomberg. xoxo



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