October 22, 2009
"Nuclear power results in up to 25 times more carbon emissions than wind energy, when reactor construction and uranium refining and transport are considered."
Nov. 2009 issue of Scientific American in an article titled, "The Path to Sustainable Energy by 2030"
Dear Mr. Ignatieff, I do not believe that the Government of Canada should subsidize the construction of two new nuclear reactors at the Darlington Nuclear Station. Ontario’s electricity needs can be met at a lower cost, more quickly and more reliably with a combination of energy conservation and efficiency, wind power, water power from Quebec and small-scale but highly efficient combined heat and power plants.
Also, if you can spare a few hours to distribute leaflets/postcards to his constituents in Etobicoke-Lakeshore (Toronto), let me know and I’ll set you up with a map. And if you live farther a field, I’ll mail them to you for distribution in your own community. Thank you for doing your part to bring on the renewable energy revolution!
But those still wavering about the balance of pros and cons should not underestimate the knock-on effects of any commitment to new nuclear. It will undoubtedly slow investment in new renewables. It will reassure politicians that they don't have to do the heavy lifting required to put energy efficiency at the heart of any strategy. It will weaken efforts to move towards localised distributed energy solutions (why else do you think the industry and pro-nuclear civil servants fought so hard against feed-in tariffs for so many years?), and it will "lock us in" to today's hugely inefficient generation and transmission system for the next 40 years or so.
The federal government said late Monday it had received a report it commissioned on the best way to break up and sell Atomic Energy Canada Ltd. - but refused to release the report's recommendations, citing “commercial confidentiality considerations.”
An industry source, who works for a private sector competitor of AECL's power business, said the Rothschild review was a difficult one, mostly because there appeared to be little appetite in the private sector to invest in AECL's CANDU technology. That lack of interest is partly a result of the economic downturn - which has made it more difficult for companies to find investment capital - but it is also partly due to the fact that the CANDU technology is largely seen as a niche product with a worldwide market share of less than five per cent.
Although the federal government has sunk billions of tax dollars into AECL over more than 50 years, the industry source said Ottawa would be lucky to receive $300 million in any sale of the business.
A union that represents engineers and scientists at Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. is warning that the sale of AECL's reactor unit to a foreign buyer could spell the end of the country's CANDU technology.
No matter what the federal government decides to do with Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd., taxpayers are unlikely to get back the billions sunk into the crown corporation over the years, MPs conceded yesterday.
"The buyer will require a big broom," said a former AECL employee who also is a certified management accountant. "Basically, this is a company with no firm prospects for future reactor sales, a steady but small revenue stream from technology services, contingent liabilities that amount to four or five times its annual funding and a bloated payroll."
The idea of a second nuclear reactor at Point Lepreau appears to be on its death bed.
"If the business case doesn't work, the private sector isn't going to move forward." Energy Minister Jack Keir
The seemingly impossible has been realized. Quietly, with no great fanfare, approval of a five-year licence to proceed with the cleanup and waste storage facility of low level radioactive waste in Port Hope was announced by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) last Friday.
http://www.northumberlandtoday.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=2135946Note: Why not load all the wastes onto a specially designed train and send them far away from the Great Lakes, possibly to the huge state-of-the-art tailings pits in Northern Saskatchewan, where there are already large volumes of long-lived radioactive wastes that will have to be guarded forever? It was long ago determined that the geologic and hydrologic characteristics of the Port Hope area are unsuitable for the permanent storage of long-lived radioactive wastes. - Gordon Edwards.
Sign the petition to the President of India against New Uranium Mining and Nuclear Power Plants
Register your protest against the reported decision of the government of India to take a quantum leap in installed capacity for nuclear power generation, from the current level of 4,120 MW to 63,000 MW by 2032.
AECL is seeking opportunities in the Indian market, given the significant demand for electricity in the country and its inability to sell a single reactor in the last 10 years. Out of India’s installed power generation capacity of nearly 150,000 MW, nuclear energy accounts for only 4,120 MW, even as it tries to close the gap between galloping demand and deficient supply.
Most of the technology needed to shift the world from fossil fuel to clean, renewable energy already exists. Implementing that technology requires overcoming obstacles in planning and politics, but doing so could result in a 30 percent decrease in global power demand.
Analyzing only on-land locations with a high potential for producing power, they found that even if wind were the only method used to generate power, the potential for wind energy production is 5 to 15 times greater than what is needed to power the entire world. For solar energy, the comparable calculation found that solar could produce about 30 times the amount needed.
The study further provides examples of how a combination of renewable energy sources could be used to meet hour-by-hour power demand, addressing the commonly asked question, given the inherent variability of wind speed and sunshine, can these sources consistently produce enough power? The answer is yes.
Finally, they conclude that perhaps the most significant barrier to the implementation of their plan is the competing energy industries that currently dominate political lobbying for available financial resources. But the technologies being promoted by the dominant energy industries are not renewable and even the cleanest of them emit significantly more carbon and air pollution than wind, water and sun resources
The International Renewable Energy Agency, set up this year to lead a global crusade for renewable energy development and sharing of technology between the developed and developing worlds, has come a long way in a short time.
“Irena will not deal with nuclear energy, simply because it is not renewable,” she said in an interview. “Nuclear and renewable energy have nothing to do with each other.”
“Besides assisting its member states on how to best promote renewable energies nationally, Irena will raise the awareness worldwide that a world powered by 100 percent renewables is possible,” she said. “We want to demonstrate in Copenhagen that the renewable energy potential is huge.”
Cancer rates around Chernobyl are unusually high, 65 times normal according to some reports. Upwards of 4,400 Ukrainian children and adolescents have already undergone operations for thyroid cancer, the most common consequence of radiation. In neighbouring Belarus, health officials say 20 per cent of the country's 10 million people are suffering from radiation-linked ailments. http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/711752--dimanno-life-returns-to-an-eerie-chernobyl
PRIPYAT, Ukraine – The whole city is a necropolis – dead, sinking into a pile of ossifying bones.
Its skeletal remains are empty apartment blocks and windswept plazas, the pavement buckling concrete with saplings squeezing up through the cracks, and everywhere an eerie quiet that echoes with abandonment.
Here is a glimpse of a future Apocalypse, what no one will be left to see. http://www.thestar.com/news/insight/article/711907--chernobyl-part-2-the-accidental-tourists
The government believes that only by artificially increasing the cost of electricity generated by coal and gas stations through an additional carbon levy on household bills can nuclear become more competitive and encourage new reactors to be built.
The horrors of the US Agent Orange defoliation campaign in Vietnam could ultimately be dwarfed by the horrors caused by the depleted uranium weapons which the US began using in the 1991 Gulf War (300 tons), and which it has used much more extensively--and in more urban, populated areas--in the Iraq War and the now intensifying Afghanistan War.
The nuclear waste material from nuclear power plants, DU as it is known, is what is removed from the power plants’ spent fuel rods and is essentially composed of the uranium isotope U-238 as well as U-236 (a product of nuclear reactor fission, not found in nature), as well as other trace radioactive elements. Once simply a nuisance for the industry, that still has no permanent way to dispose of the dangerous stuff, it turns out to be an ideal metal for a number of weapons uses, and has been capitalized on by the Pentagon.
The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) released a report in September 2009 on radioactive emissions from Canada's nuclear reactors that suggests Bruce Power has been misleading Peace River residents since their first public meeting in early 2008.
The report states that tritium, iodine 131, noble gases, radioactive particulate and carbon 14 are released to the air by every nuclear reactor in Canada. Further, all nuclear reactors release tritium, gross beta-gamma activity and carbon 14 in their liquid waste.
3-6 PM on Sunday October 25 and Monday October 26
in front of the Ottawa Hampton Inn at Vanier Parkway and Coventry Road
The Council for Clean and Reliable Electricity is pretending to be an impartial forum in order to give themselves more credibility as they promote nuclear power as a "clean, affordable and reliable source of electricity". The group openly states that their role is to influence public policy and decision-makers. It is holding a conference on nuclear power in Ottawa on October 25 and 26. All of the speakers and panelists at this forum for "open discussion" are in favour of nuclear power.
More info re: the protest: Wolfe Erlichman, firstname.lastname@example.org, 613-273-3986
Tues. Oct. 27, noon
Say NO to the idea of building nuclear power reactors – not now, not ever!
Stand with us and tell government “Start investing in a green energy future”.
Veterans Against Nuclear Arms presents:
With Phyllis Creighton
Tues. Oct. 27, 11 a.m., sandwiches and tea as 12:15 p.m.
St. Andrew’s United Church, 117 Bloor Street East (Bloor and Yonge), Toronto
For more info: email@example.com or 416 423 8523.
Join people around the world to take a stand for a safe climate future!
So far, 4,000 events are planned for the Oct. 24th international day of action on climate change including hundreds in Canada.
If you’re in Toronto, meet at 2 pm at Queen's Park, Toronto http://www.torontoclimatecampaign.org
If you’re in Ottawa, meet at Parliament Hill at 2 p.m. http://cday.atypical.ca/about/
If you’re in Edmonton, meet at the AB Legislature at 1 p.m. http://www.350.org/edmonton
Find out what’s going on in your city: http://350.org
Send your message now to Canada’s Prime Minister and leaders in the House of Commons to let them know that you’re ready for Canada to sign an ambitious, fair and binding agreement to safeguard our future. http://www.kintera.org/c.mqLVIYOuGlF/b.5493933/k.8C35/Action_item__climate_summit/siteapps/advocacy/ActionItem.aspx?tr=y&auid=5487314
Sat. Oct. 24, 6 pm
Sidney Smith Hall, room 2102, 100 St. George St., Toronto
Sponsored by U of T Greens
The Age of Stupid is the new four-year epic from McLibel director Franny Armstrong. Oscar-nominated Pete Postlethwaite stars as a man living alone in the devastated world of 2055, looking at old footage from 2008 and asking: why didn’t we stop climate change when we had the chance?
Monday Oct. 26, 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m
In light of recent advancement on the implementation of the Green Energy and Green Economy Act, including the Feed-in tariff (FIT) program, local content requirements and the Renewable Energy Approvals (REA) process, the Green Energy Act Alliance is pleased to invite you to a stakeholder information update session.
Are you wondering how you can turn your home into an energy efficient green home? Have questions about home efficiency grants and incentives? Wondering about if you can benefit from geothermal? Solar energy? Thinking about where to start, how to put together your energy efficiency plan and what your budget should be?
Have your questions answered by the experts at Village Technologies, Toronto’s leading high-performance home retrofit company and affiliate partner of the City of Toronto’s Better Building Partnership.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at 7pm
The upstairs meeting room at the Carrot Common at 348 Danforth Avenue, just seconds from the Chester subway stop, Toronto
RSVP to Gabriel Draven - Village Technologies [firstname.lastname@example.org]