No Nukes News

August 6, 2015

August 6th marks the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The uranium for those bombs came from Saskatchewan. Saskatchewan is the second largest exporter of uranium in the world. Uranium is used for only 2 things – nuclear bombs and nuclear power. Both produce toxic radioactive wastes that will be deadly for millions of years. No country in the world knows how to neutralize or safely store such wastes.
“Nuclear power’s global commercial collapse is good for both our wallets and our security (because it can help smoke out proliferators of nuclear weapons by removing the ambiguity created by “civilian” do-it-yourself bomb kits). To the surprise of many, nuclear power’s collapse is also good for climate protection. New nuclear plants could save carbon, but two to 20 times less per dollar, and 20 to 40 times less per year, than buying the market winners instead—micropower and efficiency. If greenhouse-gas emissions are a problem, we need the most solution per dollar and per year; anything less will reduce and retard climate protection. We need judicious, not indiscriminate, investment—best buys first. We don’t need everything, we can’t afford everything, and every dollar and year we spend on one choice excludes other choices.” - Amory Lovins


The World

How I Became An Anti-Nuclear Activist with Gordon Edwards Audiovisual interview on the subject of nuclear technology. Must watch!

The Atomic Era Turns 70, as Nuclear Hazards Endure The history of the atomic era has been a grim one, and continues to be grim today. The genie that was let out of the bottle all those years ago is still very much out. Constant future vigilance to reduce this enormous environmental health threat is needed if humanity is to avoid even more staggering consequences.

There is No Peaceful Nuclear Power Nuclear weapons and nuclear power are two sides of the same coin. Civilian nuclear power technology provides the way to make nuclear weapons, furnishing the material and the trained personnel.

An Iran Agreement Has Been Reached! With this agreement all four pathways to the bomb will be blocked. This is clearly a major victory for diplomacy, however the battle is not yet entirely won.

Around the World, Nuclear Can’t Compete With Growing Renewables Global investment in new nuclear is an order of magnitude less than renewable energy investment. That is just one of the findings of a new independent report on the state of the worldwide nuclear industry

3 Former Executives to be Prosecuted in Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

Decontaminating Fukushima – in pictures 

Fukushima Daiichi Decommissioning: Follow The Money
Are the meltdowns at Fukushima Daiichi over? No! Chief Engineer and nuclear expert Arnie Gundersen updates viewers on what’s going on at the Japanese nuclear meltdown site, Fukushima Daiichi.

From Chernobyl to Fukushima: an interdisciplinary framework for managing and communicating food security risks after nuclear plant accidents 

AREVA’s "Kiggavik" Uranium Project: Canadian Government Called to Uphold Nunavut Impact Review Board’s ‘No-Go’ Recommendation
French nuclear multinational AREVA pressured Canada’s Minister Valcourt to overturn NIRB’s decision, despite clear opposition of affected communities and evidence of substantive social, cultural, and environmental risks and uncertainties the project would bring.

Quebec’s "Plan Nord" project snubs uranium mining in the province More here.



Ontario, Québec, Electricity and Climate Change: Advancing the Dialogue This final report summarizes the findings from two workshops convened in early 2015 to explore opportunities as well as the barriers, risks and uncertainties, associated with collaborations over electricity and climate change policy between Ontario and Québec.  

Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador Agree to Evaluate Clean Electricity Trade Opportunities Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador Ministers have committed to exploring opportunities for importing clean and reliable electricity from Newfoundland and Labrador into Ontario. This would be a much better deal than rebuilding 10 nuclear reactors.

Oh ye of too much faith Chamber of Commerce complains of high electricity prices while buying into nuclear rebuilds. Watch them howl when the 10 nuke rebuilds send rates through the roof. Op-ed by OCAA’s Jack Gibbons.

Are Canada's nuclear power plants ready in case of disaster? The meltdown of three nuclear reactors at the Fukushima facility in Japan following an earthquake and tsunami in 2011 should be a warning to power plant operators that "new, more extreme weather events" must be a part of their disaster-mitigation capabilities.

Ontario Power Generation forks out $1.5 million for a new boss
New CEO Jeffrey Lyash is a highly paid American mechanical engineer with experience in the nuclear industry.

Brand new German coal plant worth just one euro The new hard coal plant going up in Hamm, Germany, is worthless and may never go into operation. The utilities are now scrambling to cover their losses. This could happen to the 10 rebuilt nuclear reactors the ON gov’t is planning.


Renewables and Conservation

How Many Cool Trillions Can Cities Save? Climate-smart investments such as transit and energy efficiency could help cities unlock $17 trillion in savings by 2050, the Global Commission on Economy and Climate reported. Subsidy reforms targeting fossil fuels would boost that “conservative” total to $22 trillion.

Germany set new record: 78% renewable electricity It’s further proof of the fundamental incompatibility of inflexible nuclear power with fluctuating wind and solar.

Renewable energy boom will mean vastly cheaper electricity


Take Action!

New Leaflet Free! Informative! Order many to distribute to your friends and neighbours. They describe in full color Ontario's energy options: 10 rebuilt nuclear reactors vs. water power from Quebec. We have a choice.
Ontario: Import safe and low-cost water power from Quebec rather than rebuild 4 nuclear reactors at Darlington Please sign our petition

Manifesto on the Future of War and Climate Change It falls to us to decry the reckless acceleration of armaments and the criminal destruction of the ecosystem. Please sign.

Make Cameco Pay Up Cameco (a major Cdn. uranium corporation) should pay up the over $1.5 billion that they owe the people of Canada. They have been practicing tax avoidance through off shore tax shelters. Please sign the petition.

Join the fight against the Darlington rebuild Early November, the CNSC is holding hearings on the rebuilding of 4 Darlington reactors. Greenpeace is organizing to support public participation. Get involved.

Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq – don’t let OPG dump nuclear waste on the shore of Lake Huron Please sign the petition

Nuclear Waste Repository Decision Delayed Residents now have until Sept. 1 to offer their input into Ontario Power Generation’s proposed nuclear waste repository on the shore of Lake Huron. You can comment here.

Don’t Nuke the Climate Please sign the petition in support of a nuclear-free, carbon-free energy system and to prevent nuclear power from being considered as a climate solution when the world's governments meet at the COP 21 conference in Paris in Dec. 2015.

Stop Radioactive Contamination of the Pacific Ocean from the Fukushima nuclear power plant site Please sign the petition. It is unacceptable that radioactive contamination is continuing in our oceans.

Stand with the Pope on Climate Thank you for standing up to climate deniers, speaking the truth on climate science, and calling for global action to stop climate change. I stand with you on climate! Send your letter here.

In the 2015 NOW Reader’s Choice poll, I’ve been nominated in the Best Activist Category, and OCAA has been nominated in the Best Enviro Group category. Please vote



Ground Zero to Global Zero: Hope After 70 Years Thur. August 6, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., The Church of the Holy Trinity, Toronto. A Hiroshima/Nagasaki Day Toronto Coalition event marking the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Free.

Camera Atomica July 8 – Nov. 15, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. Groundbreaking AGO exhibition traces photographic legacy of “the bomb” and nuclear energy. See 8 of the photos here. Free on Wed. nights.
Sacred Water Walk June 23, Matane QC to Aug. 20, Madeline Island, WI. In honour of the sacred waters and against oil pipelines, nuclear waste and power, and train derailments.
International Rally to Protect the Great Lakes Sun. Aug. 16, 1-4 p.m. Port Huron, Michigan. Rally to stop a deep underground nuclear dump, proposed for the shores of Lake Huron in Kincardine, Ontario.
Ride for Renewables Sun. Sept. 13. Together we'll ride from Pickering to Darlington to show our opposition to rebuilding the four aging reactors at Darlington. We'll call for our money to be invested instead in renewable energy.

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