October 15, 2010
“You can guarantee that mining uranium will lead to nuclear waste. You can’t guarantee that mining uranium will not lead to nuclear weapons.” – Anthony Albanese, Australian Labour Party, quoted in New York Times
“28 years after passage of the Nuclear Waste Policy Act, 35 years after the repository search began, 53 years into commercial nuclear power, and 68 years after Fermi first split the atom during the Manhattan Project, the U.S. still has no safe, sound, permanent storage plan for high-level nuclear wastes.” Kevin Kemps from Beyond Nuclear Radioactive Waste
For more info: http://www.cleanairalliance.org/node/881
The connection between nuclear power and nuclear weapons proliferation is the inconvenient truth of the nuclear industry.
And for more info: http://www.foe.org.au/anti-nuclear/issues/nfc/power-weapons/
Also, I have copies of Atomic Accomplice for sale which I could mail to you: http://paulmckay.com/ A must read book.
The “nuclear renaissance” has proven to be a promotion that cannot pass economic muster. If taxpayer support for a few first mover reactors won’t lead to meaningful climate legislation, it’s time to pull the plug.
She said the amount of radioactivity in the generators exceeds the international atomic-energy limit by eight to 50 times.
Lake Ontario WaterKeeper’s report on the CNSC hearings into the transport of Bruce Power’s radioactive waste through the Great Lakes to Sweeden.
Send a letter here: it’ll only take 1 minute of your time! From the Council of Canadians.
Decision to remove, correct and replace all calandria tubes could add years to New Brunswick’s nuclear refurbishment project
Anti-nuclear activists can be forgiven for launching into a chorus of "na na hey hey" today as another new U.S. reactor project bites the dust
Why? Because atomic power can't meet construction schedules and can't compete in an open energy market with either natural gas or renewables.
The government is hardly the only one to question the economics of nuclear power right now. The would-be builders of seven reactors around the country have deferred their projects in the last few months.
Renewable energy is almost tied with nuclear power in terms of U.S. energy production. The latest figures from the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s Monthly Energy Review finds that renewable energy sources—biofuels, biomass, geothermal, hydroelectric, solar and wind—provided 11.14% of domestic U.S. energy production during the first six months of 2010.
The Ministry of Energy is "seeking input from Ontarians" as it updates the electricity-plan-that-never-was. One of the questions on the government on-line survey is "What role should nuclear power play in Ontario's future supply mix?" Tell 'em what you think! Phase out nuclear - Shut down coal - Conservation is the biggest and best "new" supply of electricity followed by renewables - We must move swiftly to 100% renewable grid!
Link to the questions is at http://www.mei.gov.on.ca/en/energy/
A new report from the German government's Federal Environment Ministry found that as of the end of 2009, there were 340,000 jobs in the German renewable energy industry.
This is more than double the figure for 2004 (160,000 jobs) and the report also predicts that this will continue to grow, so that by 2030, the gross employment will increase to more than half a million workers. Their modeling work also found that in the same period, the net employment effects of renewable energies in Germany are positive in almost all scenarios.
In addition to environmental benefits, wind energy is becoming a substantial factor in economic development, providing more than 600,000 ‘green collar’ jobs today both in direct and indirect employment. By 2030, the number of jobs is projected to increase to over 3 million.
The first comprehensive look at the expected impacts of climate change on Canada offers an embarrassing and misleading "don't worry, be happy" vision, citing more golf days and better access to northern deposits of oil and gas courtesy of global warming, critics say. "How can we (Canada) talk about profiting from climate change when most of the world will suffer devastating impacts, in part because of our emissions?" Harvey said. "It is disgusting."
The Strangest Dream tells the story of Joseph Rotblat, the only nuclear scientist to leave the Manhattan Project, the US gov’t’s program to build the first atomic bomb, on moral grounds. The film retraces the history of nuclear weapons, from the first nuclear test, in New Mexico, to Hiroshima, where we see survivors of the first atomic attack. Branded a traitor and spy, Rotblat went from designing atomic bobms to researching the medical uses of radiation. Together with Bertrant Russell he helped create the modern peace movement.
The film is now available in its entirety for free on the NFB website:
Hermann Scheer, one of the world's leading advocates for solar power, has died at the age of sixty-six. The German economist and politician helped make Germany a renewable energy powerhouse and inspired many across the world to expand the use of solar power. Scheer had been member of the German Parliament for three decades and was the president of EUROSOLAR, the European Association for Renewable Energy. In 1999, he won the Right Livelihood Award for his "indefatigable work for the promotion of solar energy worldwide." When he received the award, he described solar energy as the energy of the people.
Planet in Focus Environmental Film and Video Festival presents…
Land of Destiny
World Premiere - Director Brett Story in Attendance
Canada / 2010 / 78 min / Documentary
Sarnia, a petrochemical town in Southern Ontario known for its factories and hardworking people, is on the brink of de-industrialization and a high rate of unemployment. To make matters worse, there is ever-growing evidence of cancer and other health issues caused by environmental contamination. Land of Destiny is a beautifully filmed and compelling story about work, community, class and the dirty secrets that are finally coming to light.
short - Canadian Premiere
USA / 2010 / 11 min / Documentary
English / Navajo with English subtitles
In the southwestern United States, millions of tons of radioactive waste from thousands of abandoned uranium mines have damaged water quality and public health. As new uranium mining developments are proposed, the people of the area are concerned about the government’s refusal to address the harmful and now visible effects of the uranium mining wave of the 40s and 50s.
Sat. Oct. 16, 7:15 pm, Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park, Toronto
The 4th Revolution – Energy Autonomy
86 min., Germany
Toronto Premiere – Director in attendance
Sun. Oct. 17, 1:15 p.m.Royal Ontario Museum (Avenue Road and Bloor) Toronto
After the “agrarian revolution,” the “industrial revolution” and the “digital revolution,” energy autonomy will be the fourth revolution, shifting power relations by democratizing power generation. Such is the persuasive argument of The 4th Revolution. Examining proponents and opponents of getting off the fossil and nuclear powered grid, the film highlights how changing to renewable sources is not only necessary but also possible. With discussions and examples from Mali to Denmark, the film moves the energy debate beyond CO2 emissions, and calls for the borderless democratization of energy generation. The energy turn is not a technological issue, but an ideological one based on power relations and ownership structures: whoever owns the power, controls the power.
Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil Street (south east of College/Spadina), Toronto
The tar sands oil companies are trying to make Vancouver Harbour their crude oil shipping port. Join with people of BC in saying NO TANKS!
Sponsors: Code Pink Canada, Council of Canadians, Indigenous Environmental Network, Post Carbon Toronto, Science for Peace, Toronto Climate Campaign, Rabble.ca
Burning Water – The Passionate Eye
Flammable tap water pits an Alberta farm family against Big Gas and the government.
Mon. Oct. 18, 10 p.m. ET/PT on CBC TV
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