September 22, 2010
“We are talking about trying to bury thousands of tonnes of highly dangerous waste for longer than people have existed on Earth. It would be a significant engineering feat if it worked but, if miscalculated, could release highly radioactive waste into our groundwater or seas for centuries, so far below ground that there will be nothing we can do about it”
-- Shawn-Patrick Stensil, Greenpeace
"It's like one of those old Wild West things — ‘we're going to give you a trial and then hang you’. But they need to get the message that we want this thing stopped. We were told the Titanic wouldn't sink. We were told the BP drill rigs were safe."
-- Mike Bradley, Mayor of Sarnia, Ontario, about the shipment of radioactive waste through the Great Lakes
Ontario is asking for the public’s input on its long-term energy plan. The Ministry of Energy has posted a 10-question survey online to gather feedback on a 20-year supply plan. It asks, for example, how much wind, solar and nuclear power should be in the electricity mix and what type of generation should replace coal when it’s phased out in 2014. Please make the time (10 min.) to fill this out; it’s an opportunity to tell gov’t that we want 100% renewable electricity grid! -angela
A group of Great Lakes city mayors oppose a plan to ship nuclear waste through the Great Lakes.
The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, representing 70 municipalities, wants halted Bruce Power's plan to ship sixteen steam generators contaminated with low levels of radiation to Sweden for recycling.
Owen Sound could see some massive demonstrations if Bruce Power's plans to ship decommissioned steam generators from the nuclear plant near Tiverton through the city's harbour to Sweden is approved, Blue Mountains Mayor Ellen Anderson said Tuesday.
Northern communities being courted as the site for a radioactive waste dump should be wary of the safety claims being made by the waste management agency controlled by the nuclear industry, says a new analysis of the scientific studies on underground waste disposal commissioned by Greenpeace.
America's much hyped "reactor renaissance" is facing a quadruple bypass. In actual new construction, proposed projects and overseas sales, soaring costs are killing new nukes. And the old ones are leaking like Dark Age relics on the brink of disaster.
As renewables plummet in cost, and private financing stays nil, the nuclear industry is desperate to gouge billions from Congress for loan guarantees to build new reactors. Thus far, citizen activism has stopped them. But the industry is pouring all it has into this fall's short session, yet again demanding massive new subsides to stay on life support.
But it is now clearer than ever that atomic energy cannot compete, that new construction means new rate hikes, that delays and cost overruns will always outstrip the industry's initial public assurances, and that after a half-century this technology still can't face the prospect of full liability for the disasters it might impose ... or even for the "minor" radiation it constantly emits.
Will this finally kill the much hyped "renaissance" of a Dark Age technology defined by quadruple failures in human health, global ecology, sound finance and increasingly shaky performance?
That will depend on the power of citizen activism. Nuclear power can't survive without protection from accident liability. Nor can new plants be built without huge public subsidies.
Tens of thousands of Germans surrounded Chancellor Angela Merkel’s office on Saturday in an antinuclear demonstration that organizers said was the biggest of its kind since the Chernobyl disaster in 1986.
Anti-nuclear demonstrations in Berlin on Saturday sent a powerful message of opposition to Chancellor Angela Merkel's plan to extend the lifetimes of German reactors. Media commentators say she would be unwise to ignore it, because her own supporters don't want nuclear power either. Tens of thousands demonstrated in central Berlin on Saturday against plans by the government to extend the lifetimes of Germany's 17 nuclear power stations by an average of 12 years beyond the originally planned phase-out in 2021. Organizers said the protest drew 100,000 people and was the biggest of its kind in Germany since the Chernobyl disaster in 1986
Tony Clarke: To be sure, some new jobs have been created in recent years by Ontario industries supplying goods and services for the big petroleum companies in the Alberta oilsands. Yet these economic benefits pale in comparison to the massive job losses incurred recently in this province's manufacturing sector, the causes of which can be traced back to Alberta's oil boom.
If you do this analysis—and Greenpeace has—it quickly becomes clear that in a world that is taking action on global warming, there is no business case for investments in high-priced, high-carbon oil from the tar sands, including the multi-billion-dollar pipelines and tanker traffic needed to bring it to markets.
Lester Brown: Wind, solar and geothermal generation multiplying as fast as computers or cell phones.
With this month's predictions of residential electricity bills rising by 40 per cent and more by 2015, energy reduction strategies are becoming of great and urgent interest to Windsor-Essex County's concerned homeowners.
He figures the average home wastes 25 to 40 per cent of the energy it consumes… "If your bills are horrendous, it's not the cost of electricity, it's the cost of your waste," Davidson says. "Analyse your needs, analyse the physical condition of your home. Remedy that."
As part of the IIDEX Green Building Festival, Sept. 22 – 25, Toronto, see keynote presentation:
with Jeremy Rifkin
Economist and President, Foundation on Economic Trends, USA
Thursday, September 23, 4 – 5 p.m.
Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place, Toronto
Humanity, according to Jeremy Rifkin, is poised to make a definitive shift away from its carbon-based geopolitical reality toward a new paradigm of sustainability. The internationally influential economist, known for his provocative environmental theories, sees this profound change as taking place along generational lines and considers it to be the uppermost challenge for the millennial generation. In his view, this sustainable human future must be founded upon four pillars: 1) renewable energy; 2) buildings as positive power plants; 3) hydrogen storage; and 4) smartgrids and plug-in vehicles. In his much-anticipated keynote address, Jeremy will lay out his vision of the Third Industrial Revolution, and explain how the economic infrastructure necessary for this revolution will transform the skill levels and managerial styles of the workforce, advance energy security, prompt educational reform, and improve the quality of life worldwide.
For more information on Jeremy Rifkin visit www.foet.org For more info on IIDEX Green Building Festival Sept. 22 – 25 visit http://www.iidexneocon.com/2010/
Planet in Focus presents:
Run time: 98 min. | France/ Germany
Friday September 24th, 6:45 pm
Gardiner Museum, 111 Queen’s Park, Toronto
Pay-What-You-Can ($7.00 suggested)
As even ecologists reconsider nuclear as an alternative to burning carbon, Waste: The Nuclear Nightmare examines the impact of nuclear waste for the near future and next hundreds of thousands of years. The 'energy of the future' is astutely dissected- clearly outlining how nuclear power is generated, how waste is created and systematically uncovers what happens to waste produced in nuclear plants in France. The public relations myth that 'waste is recycled' unravels as the final destination of tons of contaminated material is revealed. Key to this film is its use of Google map imagery and clear animation to counter the red tape and political double-speak. Waste is allowed incredible access to French nuclear plants, recycling facilities, and the archives of Greenpeace Europe and testing facilities of CRIIRAD. And while some hope is presented for the future, you'll want answers from our own government about what is happening to nuclear waste in Canada.
To understand the consequences of Climate Change and Nuclear Proliferation and work toward solutions.
Physicians, students, activists and members of the public are all welcome.
Fri. October 1 evening and Sat. October 2, 8:30 am to 5 pm
Medical Sciences Building, 1 Kings College Circle, University of Toronto
November 15 – 16 - Toronto
The Ontario Sustainable Energy Association (OSEA) is hosting its second annual Community Power Conference this November. The event is Ontario’s single largest annual gathering of Community Power producers, proponents and supporters. Together with the Power Networking Centre trade show, the conference attracts industry regulators, commercial and community power generators, farmers and First Nation and Métis delegations.
Sun. Oct 3, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. (10:30 a.m. if you need quick bike repairs)
Meet at the wind turbine at Exhibition Place, end in the beaches.
Free. All cyclists welcome.
We'll visit 6 green energy projects including wind, solar thermal, solar PV, geothermal, CHP and conservation.
Speakers and snacks en route. Get inspired for your 10/10/10 work party! 350.org
For more info: firstname.lastname@example.org ph. 647 342 1964
Sponsored by: Toronto Climate Campaign, Greenspiration, Toronto Renewable Energy Cooperative, Greenpeace, Toronto Cyclists Union, 10/10/10 - 350.org
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