April 15, 2011
New nuclear build is uneconomic and unnecessary, so we need not debate whether it is also proliferative and dangerous. In a world of fallible and malicious people, it is actually both, but even after 60 years' immense subsidies and devoted effort, nuclear power still cannot clear the first two hurdles—competitiveness and need. End of story. – Amory Lovins, Rocky Mountain Institute
For the best updates on Japan’s nuclear crisis see http://www.beyondnuclear.org/
Specifically, the town of Minami Sanriku in Miyagi Prefecture, which was completely destroyed, 10,000 of its 17,000 residents killed or missing. Many more of the children survived than the adults because all the schools in the town were (and are still) located on the top of a hill.
5 minute video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0H-mtsdsgg&feature=player_embedded
Scientist Michio Kaku: When we hear "that things are stable, it’s only stable in the sense that you’re dangling from a cliff hanging by your fingernails."
GELLERMAN: So is it possible that we can meet our carbon reduction targets without nuclear power?
AMORY LOVINS: Of course! Not only that, but we could do so more effectively and more cheaply. It is quite true that if a nuclear plant displaces a coal plant that would replace carbon emissions. But if you spent the same money on efficiency, renewables and combined heat and power, you would reduce the carbon emissions by about two to ten times more and about 20 to 40 times faster. So nuclear is such a slow and costly climate solution, it actually reduces and retards climate protection, compared with a best buys first approach.
Read the full interview here: http://www.loe.org/shows/segments.html?programID=11-P13-00012&segmentID=2
Everyone knows about Chernobyl, Three Mile Island and, now, Fukushima. But what about Semipalatinsk, Palomares and Kyshtym? The world is full of nuclear disaster zones -- showing just how dangerous the technology really is.
What Japan Could Do if It Followed Germany's Lead on Renewable Energy - Within one Decade Japan Could Halve its Dependence on Nuclear Power
Greenpeace activists closed Hydro-Québec’s head office on René-Lévesque Boulevard in Montreal to call on Hydro-Québec to shut down its sole nuclear generating station, Gentilly-2, rather than rebuild it at a cost of $2 billion.
Nuclear Safety Commission to review Hydro-Québec’s proposed refurbishments
Check out these modern photos of an abandoned town following the Chernobyl melt down 25 years ago this month.
The Nuclear Waste Management Organization, established by electricity producers in 2002, is looking for a community that can safely handle Canada’s nuclear waste. The country has been generating electricity from nuclear power for more than 40 years and has produced just over two million used fuel bundles. Those fuel bundles become highly radioactive after they are used to produce electricity and remain a potential health risk for “many hundreds of thousands of years,” according to information on the organization’s website. Canada produces about 85,000 used fuel bundles each year, the site says.
Calgary Herald Editorial - Excuse us while we go nuclear on this, but Alberta should not be a dumping ground for radioactive garbage from Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick. They can keep it.
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Thur. April 21
5:30 p.m. Marc Sepic, musical performance
7 p.m. Screenings
at Rainbow Cinemas, 80 Front St. East (at Jarvis)
The April 21st MINT Film Festival Screening is co-hosted by The Toronto Dollar, The International Institute of Concern for Public Health (IICPH), Greenpeace and The Ontario Clean Air Alliance (OCAA). IICPH Guest speaker Anna Tillman, OCAA's Angela Bischoff and a representative from Greenpeace will be in attendance for a post screening Q&A on Nuclear Power.
Advance MINT Film Festival tickets are $9 for adults and $7 for students and seniors and can be purchased in person at the Rainbow Cinemas Market Square box office prior to the screening or reserved through email (firstname.lastname@example.org). For more info please visit www.mintff.org
Friday, April 22 · 12:00pm - 12:30pm – Earth Day
Queens Park, Toronto
Frustrated by the election's campaign lack of debate on our energy's future? Puzzled that Ontario has a moratorium on wind power but not nuclear reactors? Dismayed at the absence of political fallout from the Fukushima disaster? We urge you to demonstrate on Earth Day April 22 for a nuclear moratorium and a citizens' assembly to democratically decide our energy future.
Saturday, April 23 · 10:00am - 5:00pm
Ryerson University Student Campus Centre, 556 Gould St., Toronto
Create an inclusive, united, and empowered Climate Justice movement in Toronto.
Take part in the workshop entitled “Rethinking Energy Systems: Nuclear vs Sustainable Solutions”
A photo exhibit by Robert Knoth
April 14-28, Tues. – Sat., 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Hotshot Art Gallery, 181 Augusta Ave. (in Kensington Market)
Hosted by Greenpeace.ca
They contain postcards to politicians.
Courtesy of the Ontario Clean Air Alliance.
NDP, Bloc and Greens oppose taxpayer subsidies for new Ontario nukes
Liberals don’t endorse federal subsidies for Darlington
Conservatives don’t bother to respond.
"Ontario can achieve a virtually complete coal shutdown today," said Jack Gibbons, with the Ontario Clean Air Alliance. "However Ontario Power Generation is continuing to operate its dirty coal-fired power plants to make electricity export sales to the United States," he said.
Ontario Clean Air Alliance
Tel: 416 926 1907 x 246
625 Church Street, #402
Toronto, ON M4Y 2G1
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