No Nukes News

September 6, 2013 – Please pass this onto a friend!

Premier Kathleen Wynne : Close the Pickering Nuclear Station Please sign the petition. Also watch Chex TV Channel 12 Durham news’story on the issue.

Of Japan's 50 working nuclear reactors, only two are in operation. One of those was to be shut down on Monday evening to undergo routine checks, the other will go offline on 15 September, leaving Japan without atomic energy for only the second time in almost 50 years.The Guardian

The World

Errors Cast Doubt on Japan’s Cleanup of Nuclear Accident Site Great piece in the New York times about the unfolding Fukushima disaster

Japan N-plant radiation levels hit new high Al Jazeera video and written report

Japan to fund costly ice wall around Fukushima reactors to contain radioactive water leaks The Japanese government announced Tuesday that it will spend $470 million on a subterranean ice wall and other steps in a desperate bid to stop leaks of radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant after repeated failures by the plant’s operator.

Japan under increasing pressure to accept outside nuclear help For many abroad, the latest revelations only demonstrate yet again that the crisis is too big for either Tepco or the government to handle, and that consulting international experts has to mean going outside Japan’s “nuclear power village” or the International Atomic Energy Agency, which, they note, also has a mandate to promote nuclear power.

Nuclear Trashmen Gain From Record U.S. Reactor Shutdowns Jobs! More than 50 years into the age of nuclear energy, one of the biggest growth opportunities may be junking old reactors.

Holy Cow: Former Chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Says Every Single Reactor in the U.S. Should Be Shut Down The nuclear industry is having its own meltdown.

Alice Stewart: The woman who knew too much 10 min. video. Alice Stewart was one of Britain's foremost epidemiologists. In the 1950s when she started her work, x-rays were routinely used in foetal monitoring. It was Stewart who first showed the link between the practice and childhood leukemia. She went on to look at the effects of low-level radiation exposure - uncovering the true adverse effects of chronic exposure, and thus earning herself the enmity of the nuclear industry.

 

Ontario

Ontario power fee sets new record The global adjustment -- a fee added to the market price of electricity in Ontario -- has reached a record high. But the real reason is not because of wind, or green energy, which only account for 6% of the global adjustment fee – the real reason is high cost nuclear power which accounts for 45% of the global adjustment fee.

Rep. Sarah Roberts Speaks out Against the Proposed Nuclear Waste Repository
near Kincardine, Ontario, along the shore of Lake Huron. 3  min. video.

 

Renewables and Conservation

The World’s Biggest Battery - Hydro Pumped Storage

The Road Less Taken: Energy Choices for the Future Video and transcript of Arnie Gunderson and Amory Lovins discussing the transition towards a clean energy economy in the US and around the world.

Death by Energy - Why this is the time for Clean, Distributed, Democratic Energy 39 minute video lecture. Energy kills millions of people around the world every year. The solution to Death by Energy is obvious and is here now. Yet, governments continue to support obsolete energy sources that displace, disrupt, and end the lives of millions of their own citizens rather than transition to clean energy and save lives, create jobs, and build massive wealth in the process.

 

Take Action!

Reviewing Ontario's Long Term Energy Plan - Speak up now! The Ministry of Energy is consulting with the public and other stakeholders about their long-term energy plan. You’re invited to provide a formal submission, and/or attend a public open house.  Let them know that you favour conservation, hydro imports from Quebec, and green energy over high cost, dangerous nuclear new- and re-build projects. Speak out now before we get stuck with another 6 decades of nuclear waste, danger and debt. Great background info/materials here.

Don’t Nuke Green Energy: Tell Premier Wynne to shut down Pickering reactors by sending her a letter here. A Greenpeace Canada initiative.

Please send Ontario Minister Chiarelli a quick note here thanking him for moving forward with a commitment to putting conservation and efficiency first.

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.

Help stop dangerous LIQUID high-level radioactive waste transports from Canada!

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

Stop Mobile Chernobyl; No Fukushima Freeways!

If you think the work of the Ontario Clean Air Alliance is super exceptional – we're behind ON's coal phase-out after all, and now we're taking on the nuclear industry in Ontario – please vote for us in NOW's Best of Toronto here. And Angela (that’s me!) has been nominated as best enviro. Vote here. Thank you!

 

Events

Reactor – Toronto Premier Fri. Sept. 6, 6:30 p.m. A new short film about the Fukushima nuclear meltdown and the Zen tradition.
 
Increasing Sustainable Energy in the Long-Term Energy Plan Thur. Sept. 12, 10 a.m. (EDT) This webinar will address the question of whether and how sustainable energy can take on a greater role in Ontario's energy generation.
 
100% Renewables - Roadmaps for powering states, countries, and the world with wind, water and sunlight Webinar with Mark Jacobson. Tues.  Sept. 17, Noon Pacific Time. Free.
 
From Fukushima to Ontario – understanding the current nuclear crisis Sat. Sept. 21, 7 - 9 p.m., The Supermarket (backroom) in Kensington Market, 268 Augusta, Toronto. $5. What's the latest with Fukushima - are the leaking water tanks and precarious waste pools a serious issue? And should we be concerned about nuclear waste burial under Lake Huron at the Bruce nuclear station, as is being proposed? What are the province's plans for extending Pickering and expanding Darlington, and what are the alternatives? With speakers: Kevin Kamps, Don Hancock and more.
 
Ontario Energy Drinks Your sustainable energy mixer Wed. Sept. 25, 5:30 p.m. onward, Overdraught Pub, 156 Front St, Toronto
 
Green Energy Doors Open Sat. Oct. 5, all around Ontario. The Ontario Sustainable Energy Association’s annual, single-day showcase of the province-wide green energy economy. Register as a host today.


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