August 11, 2010
Can you help us distribute our leaflets in your community? They’re free and appropriate for distro anywhere in Canada. They include postcards to Harper and Ignatieff to oppose federal tax-payer subsidies for new nuclear reactors in Ontario. Order them from me: Angela@cleanairalliance.org.
Choosing to scale up green energy to replace the retiring Pickering nuclear station is more affordable for Ontarians than buying expensive replacement reactors, says a report released today by Renewable is Doable, an alliance of organizations including the Pembina Institute, the Canadian Environmental Law Association and Greenpeace. Last summer, Ontario suspended its purchase of two new replacement reactors when their cost reportedly topped $26 billion - $20 billion more than expected in 2007.
The report, Green Energy Plan 2.0, shows that a mix of green energy technologies and conservation acquired through the government’s Green Energy Act would be 12 to 48 per cent cheaper than buying new reactors to replace the aging Pickering nuclear station, which is set to close in 2020 due to high maintenance costs.
New Brunswick: The refurbishment of the Point Lepreau nuclear station has been delayed by at least another year, a setback that puts the refit 2½ years behind schedule and pushes cost overruns to nearly $1 billion.
Toby Couture says the ongoing delays and ballooning costs of the refit show that the risks were "systematically underestimated at every step of the process." "In hindsight this was a foolhardy and devastating decision for the province," he said Monday. "It would have been far better to cut our losses."
Bruce Power plans to ship 16 radioactive steam generators through the Great Lakes and the Saint Lawrence River, and across the Atlantic Ocean to Sweden, where 90 percent of the 1600 tonnes of radioactively contaminated metal will be melted down and sold as scrap for unrestricted use. In this way, some of the radioactivity will be dispersed into the air (atmospheric emissions), some will be dispersed into the Baltic Sea (liquid effluents), and some will be incorporated into consumer products of all kinds – razor blades, hair dryers, paper clips, you name it. The remaining 10 percent will be shipped back to Bruce Power for storage as radioactive waste.
Two questions are paramount:
The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission says these shipments pose no risk to anyone and it is therefore poised to grant a license authorizing them. Due to public concern, CNSC has now agreed to hold a one-day hearing on September 29 in Ottawa -- actually, they tacked the steam generator transport issue onto the agenda of another meeting already scheduled for the same day.
Anyone can write to the CNSC with their comments, but since this is primarily a political issue, be sure to send a copy of your comments to the Premier of Ontario, Dalton McGuinty, to the Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, and to your local media.
Tell them not to allow these shipments. Tell them to make Bruce Power abide by its promises (in a 2005 Environmental Assessment) to keep the steam generators on site as radioactive waste which must be stored as such in perpetuity.
-- Gordon Edwards, Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility
Note from Angela: for more back ground info and to sign a petition to oppose these radioactive waste shipments go to:
We coined the term, "Nuclear Retreat" here at Beyond Nuclear to counter the nuclear industry's preposterous "nuclear renaissance" propaganda campaign. You've probably seen "Nuclear Retreat" picked up elsewhere and no wonder - the alleged nuclear revival so far looks more like a lot of running away. On this page we will keep tabs on every latest nuclear retreat as more and more proposed new nuclear programs are canceled.
Samsung, in partnership with Pattern Energy, has proposed a 260-megawatt wind energy project in Chatham-Kent. The entire project would involve $500 million in investments from Samsung, and take anywhere from one year to 18 months to construct.
"Typically wind farms have worked really well with farmers because it only takes up one to 1.5 per cent of the land area, the rest of the land can still be farmed," said Lee.
In addition to the wind energy project, Lee said Samsung, in partnership with Korea Electric Power Corporation (Kepco), has plans to build four factories in Ontario for the manufacturing of wind towers, blades, solar panels and inverters. The factories will be built in five 500-megawatt stages. Commercial operation should be in place at the end of 2012 and Lee said the company hoped to have 2,500 megawatt of green energy in operation by the end of 2016 or beginning of 2017.
Currently, most of the components required to create and support wind or solar energy in Ontario must be imported. These four factories would enable Ontario to enter into the wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) export market as well as create over 900 direct and 1,600 indirect jobs
Catch Jeremy Rifken on Steve Paiken’s The Agenda during the entire week of Aug. 9-13
On TVO at 8 p.m.
(broadcast throughout Ontario, but I believe all the programs will be available on tvo.org/theagenda
Jeremy Rifkin: The Origins of Progress The evolution of progress, from its infancy in the dark ages to the enlightenment.
The Debate: The Myths of Digital Literacy As Facebook, Twitter and the internet change how we communicate, how does that affect literacy?
Jeremy Rifkin: Technological Progress From the industrial revolution to today, how has our perception of progress changed? And at what cost?
The Debate: Green Auto Lies Green machines. Good for the environment? Or simply fueling demand? Is the greening of North America's auto sector for real?
Jeremy Rifkin: Renewable Progress How our changing relationship with the environment is bringing our empathic nature to the forefront.
The Debate: Can the Grid Go Green? Are environmentalists right? Can Ontario meet its future energy needs without building big new power plants?
Jeremy Rifkin: Redefining Progress How do we define progress? Is one person's version of progress the same as another's?
The Debate: Robotics Revolution How will robotics change us and our lives? Will AI driven robots put us on an accelerated evolutionary path? Why would we want a more heavily robotized society? Do we have a choice in the matter?
Jeremy Rifkin: The Empathic Civilization The Empathic Civilization author Jeremy Rifkin will explain how society needs to shift in order to embrace its empathic nature.
The Debate: Time for Open Government? The value of transparency in government. Will open government lead to better government?
Toronto Star Editorial
The results of the poll, released in July, showed that nearly 9 in 10 Ontarians either “somewhat support” or “strongly support” the production of wind energy. This comes as little surprise given it is clean and renewable. However, the results in southwestern Ontario – where the majority of wind turbines are currently clustered – should be given special attention. While there was still significant support, there was markedly less support in this region than everywhere else in Ontario.
Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Arlene King was unequivocal in her report earlier this year stating: “There isn’t any direct causal link between wind turbine noise and adverse health effects.” Still, this has had little effect on those who oppose wind turbines on health grounds and this poll suggests they may be having an effect on the perceptions of wind energy, in southwestern Ontario, at least.
It is particularly timely, then, that the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment and the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario have joined forces to help dispel the health fears being generated by a small but vocal group of wind critics. The doctors and nurses have begun meeting with MPPs and others to ensure it is known that the medical community at large supports wind as a safe form of energy, unlike coal-fired plants, which can directly be attributed to respiratory illnesses and deaths.
On Tuesday, August 24th, Greenpeace Canada is organizing THE RIDE FOR RENEWABLES, a 45km bike trip from the Pickering Nuclear Station to the Darlington Nuclear Station.
THE RIDE RENEWABLES will send the message to Dalton McGuinty's Liberals that when Pickering Nuclear Station shuts down, Ontarians demand a green energy replacement, not more reactors at the Darlington Station. No more dirty, dangerous, and expensive nukes; Ontario demands a Green Energy Revolution.
Find out more and register for the bus ride out to Pickering:
Or contact: email@example.com
Ontario Clean Air Alliance
Tel: 416 926 1907 x 246
625 Church Street, #402
Toronto, ON M4Y 2G1
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