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April 17, 2014 –  Please pass this onto a friend!

"We stand at a fork in road. One way leads to more dependence on dwindling fossil fuels that are wrecking our climate and damaging our health; the other to a world powered by a booming clean energy sector that is already driving growth and creating jobs. The sooner we act, the cheaper it will be." Li Shuo, Greenpeace East Asia's climate and energy campaigner.



The World

The Age of Nuclear Waste is Upon Us 30-minute interview with Dr. Gordon Edwards. It deals mainly with the current plans by OPG (Ontario Power Generation) to bury nuclear wastes from 20 Ontario nuclear reactors in a DGR (Deep Geological Repository) less than a mile from Lake Huron, just below the Bruce Peninsula, and to abandon them there.

Canada narrows list of possible locations for nuclear waste facility
7 of 22 municipalities dropped from list of potential sites. Final approval could take another couple of decades.

Fukushima update by Kevin Kamps of Beyond Nuclear (16 min. news video) and Arnie Gundersen on Al Jazeera (4 min. news interview)

FAQ: Radiation from Fukushima by Ken Buesseler, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

The Chernobyl Factor in the Ukraine Crisis Twenty-eight years after its Chernobyl nuclear plant exploded, Ukraine confronts a nuclear specter of a different kind: the possibility that the country’s reactors could become military targets in the event of a Russian invasion.

Uranium workers dying after time at Namibia mine Miners who dug ore to supply the military found to be dying of cancers and other illnesses at Rio Tinto's Rössing mine

Can Hemp, Marijuana and Mushrooms Fix Fukushima? A 5 part series by David Malmo-Levine, Cannabis Culture

The Problem of Nuclear Weapons and What To Do About It

 

Ontario

It’s official: Coal is kaput in Ontario On April 8th, the Thunder Bay Generating Station burned its last lump of coal marking the end of an era in Ontario. Ontario has successfully eliminated the province’s single biggest source of smog, toxins, acid rain and greenhouse gases. Ontario’s coal phase out is a remarkable achievement and a tremendous example to the world.

Benchmarking AMPCO’s latest benchmarking analysis shows that Ontario has the highest industrial electricity rates in North America. This is consistent with OCAA’s analysis showing that as nuclear generation has increased, electricity costs have increased at the same rate. As well, our electricity prices are dra­matically higher than those of Mani­toba and Quebec where they get virtually all of their power from water.

Ontarians strongly support making a deal with Quebec The poll found that close to 80% of Ontarians are in favour of tapping into Quebec power imports. In fact, a large majority would prefer to import water power rather than re-build the Darlington Nuclear Station.

Planned nuclear waste facility in Kincardine ON raises fears for Great Lakes Some materials that would be stored in a proposed underground nuclear waste facility less than a mile from Lake Huron are hundreds of times more radioactive than was told to Canadian government officials considering the site.

 

Renewables and Conservation

Climate Panel Stunner: Avoiding Climate Catastrophe Is Super Cheap — But Only If We Act Now Humanity’s choice: aggressive climate action ASAP to minimize future warming or continued inaction which will result in catastrophic levels of warming, 9°F over much of U.S. The latest IPCC report finds the annual cost of avoiding that catastrophe is a mere 0.06% of annual growth. Here’s another but similar take. Even Nobel peace prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu has called for an anti-apartheid-style campaign against fossil fuel companies

Global solar dominance in sight as science trumps fossil fuels Solar power will slowly squeeze the revenues of petro-rentier regimes in Russia, Venezuela and Saudi Arabia.

A Tale of Two Futures: Sustainable Buildings or Unsustainable Climate Change Superb 3 min. video by the Rocky Mountain Institute. Conserving electricity is much cheaper and greener than building more supply.

Electricity Prices Fall In Europe As German Renewable Energy Output Increases

Solar hot water 101
Solar thermal hot water is a classic renewable technology — it dates back to the 1790s — that still has plenty of potential. Learn how it works and where this technology can be effectively deployed today. Fact: 85% of houses in Israel have solar hot water systems.

 

Take Action!

Ontario sends conservation to the back of the bus – again We need to tell Premier Wynne it’s time to take the brakes off of conservation and start catching up with our competitors when it comes to using energy efficiently. Please click here to send a letter to the Premier and tell her that you want Ontario’s municipal utilities (e.g., PowerStream, Toronto Hydro) to be allowed to pursue all of the cost-effective energy conservation and efficiency measures that can reduce your electricity bills.

Stop the Pickering 5-year Extension Find out more here, and write a submission to the CNSC saying no to the extension – deadline April 22. We can’t afford a Fukushima on Lake Ontario.

Tell Stephen Harper: Nuclear Polluters Must Pay A Greenpeace Canada petition to amend the Nuclear Liability Act. For more info on nuclear liability in Canada, click here. And read transcripts from Parliament here.

Stop OPG's 30% price increase With a few clicks you can let all the ON Party Leaders know that you oppose OPG’s 30% nuclear price increase and that you favour lower-cost and greener options to meeting our electricity needs. Learn more here, sign here, order free leaflets here.

Quebec imports can save us $1 billion per year As our new pamphlet explains, importing clean hydro power from Quebec is a much cheaper way to meet our electricity needs than re-building the Darlington Nuclear Plant. Order free copies today to distribute to your neighbours, family and friends.

Premier Kathleen Wynne : Close the Pickering Nuclear Station Please sign the petition.

Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump Please sign the petition to oppose OPG’s plans to bury their nuclear waste on the shore of Lake Huron

 

Events

Strategies to stop extreme energy in the Great Lakes A virtual townhall (webinar) with Maude Barlow of the Council of Canadians. Tues. April 22, noon (EST). And sign the petition to ban extreme energy – such as nuclear plants and dumps, fracking, and tar sands oil pipelines – on the Great Lakes.

Julia Butterfly Hill – Earth Day dinner and workshop Wed. April 23, Friends House, Toronto. Julia is a gifted storyteller and courageous activist who gave 2 years of her life to save a giant redwood she named Luna.   

The Economics of Grid Defection - Webinar Wed. April 23, 11 a.m. EST. What happens when solar and batteries join forces?

From Chornobyl to Fukushima to Toronto Sat. April 26, 3 pm. 620 Spadina Ave. (at Harbord), Toronto. Screening of "Chernobyl to Fukushima" with talks by Shawn-Patrick Stensil,  Greenpeace and Prof. Alex Belyakov, Professor, Ryerson University and Humber College.

Energy Efficiency Matters Forum Mon. May 5, Intercontinental Hotel, 225 Front St. W, Toronto

Solar Ontario 2014 Conference and Trade Show May 7-8, Ottawa Convention Centre

Environment vs Economy: Resolving the Dichotomy May 8-9, Bracebridge, ON

 


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