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October 4, 2011 – Pass this onto a friend!



 - If you're in Ontario, don't forget to VOTE on Thur. Oct. 6. To learn the energy platforms of the various parties, check out the leaders' responses to our questionnaire, Jack's Notes, and Green Prosperity. And send Tim Hudak an email asking his position on nuclear cost overruns. Is he protecting taxpayers or the nuclear lobby?

- The Fukushima nuclear disaster has been a global wakeup call on the risks posed by nuclear power. Here in Canada, however, our authorities have pretended that these risks don't exist. - Greenpeace nuclear analyst Shawn-Patrick Stensil

- The nuclear industry has socialised the cost, then tries to hold itself up as a cheap energy source. It is a disease that has its hands wrapped around the throats of both parties (Liberals and Conservatives). – John Kourtoff, chief executive of offshore wind developer Trillium Power

Switzerland decides phase-out of civil use of nuclear power
- Switzerland is following the example of Germany, the two countries courageously embarking on the path to increased energy conservation and the sustainable use of energy and resources.

Japan Officials Failed to Hand Out Radiation Pills in Quake's Aftermath 

Fukushima's Contamination Produces Some Surprises at Sea - "When we saw the numbers - hundreds of millions of becquerels - we knew this was the largest delivery of radiation into the ocean ever seen,'' he said.  ''We still don't know how much was released.''

Thyroid gland irregularities found in young evacuees from Fukushima

Environmentalists go to court to halt new Ontario nuclear reactors  - Risks to Lake Ontario and surrounding communities unclear after flawed assessment. Watch the 12 min. video of the press conference.

Ontario will mourn loss of green energy jobs if Hudak elected

Ontario marketing campaign seeded Internet with 'conversations' promoting coal, nuclear - The Ontario Power Workers' Union fakes online identities to oppose green energy and promote coal and nuclear.

Fuel rebates boost greenhouse gases  - Environment is the loser in the Ontario election.

Fighting on an uneven playing field  - Canada has abundant fossil-fuel -reserves, immense hydro resources and a nuclear power programme - all assisted by billions of dollars of state investment.  Offshore wind development, on the other hand, has been -driven by private-investors, who are struggling for equal treatment from politicians committed to large, government-owned utilities.

Nuclear Power Subsidies: The Gift that Keeps on Taking - 2011 Report by the Union of Concerned Scientists about the massive subsidies given to the nuclear industry

No New Nuke in India - Thousands of people are protesting against a proposed nuclear plant in Tamil Nadu, India. The plant uses risky Russian technology and the locals do not want it. Please sign the petition.

Coal: Dead Man Walking - While we no longer need our dirty coal plants to keep our lights on, Ontario Power Generation (OPG) continues to operate them to export dirty electricity to the U.S. at a loss. Since January 2009 OPG has received $865 million in subsidy payments from the Ontario Electricity Financial Corporation (an agency of the Government of Ontario) to compensate it for the operating losses of its coal plants.

Coal is the enemy of the human race, mainstream economics edition - Once you strip away the econ jargon, the paper finds that electricity from coal imposes more damages on the U.S. economy than the electricity is worth. A gigantic, blood-sucking parasite that's enriching a few executives and shareholders at the public's expense.

Fact: Green energy is good for Ontario 
FACT: The Green Energy Act will not dramatically increase the price of electricity. 
FACT: Green energy has existed for decades without harmful side effects
FACT: Grandmothers do not have to do their laundry at 2 a.m. because of smart meters
FACT: Green energy creates jobs for Ontarians
FACT: Subsidies to renewable energy are no greater than those for fossil fuel and nuclear power
FACT: Feed-in tariffs are the most effective tools to develop renewable energy

Planet in Focus – Toronto's Environmental Film Festival will take place Oct. 12-16. There are some superb films on renewables, coal and nuclear. Get your tickets now!

 

Angela Bischoff
Outreach Director
Ontario Clean Air Alliance
160 John Street, Suite 300, Toronto, Ont. M5V 2E5
Phone 416-260-2080 ext. 1
angela@cleanairalliance.org
www.ontariosgreenfuture.ca
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