June 20, 2011
"Fukushima is the biggest industrial catastrophe in the history of mankind" - Arnold Gundersen, a former nuclear industry senior vice president
“The absurd belief that no one will be harmed by Fukushima is perhaps the strongest evidence of the pattern of deception and denial by nuclear officials in industry and government.” - Joseph Mangano, executive director of the Radiation and Public Health Project
“We’ve known about radioactive isotopes for decades. I worked for the Atomic Energy Commission in the 1950s and we knew about the effects then. To ignore the biology is to our peril. This is not new science. Cesium-137 goes to soft tissue. Strontium-90 goes to the bones and teeth. Iodine-131 goes to the thyroid gland.” All have been released in large amounts in the Fukushima disaster since it began on March 11. – Dr. Janet Sherman
Fantastic 30 min. video and transcript: http://www.democracynow.org/2011/6/10/as_japan_nuclear_crisis_worsens_citizen
Scientific experts believe Japan's nuclear disaster to be far worse than governments are revealing to the public.
Will the nuclear establishment be able to get away with telling what, indeed, would be one of the most outrageous Big Lies of all time—that no one will die as a result of Fukushima? Will it be able to continue its new nuclear push despite the catastrophe?
5 min. news video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_rAX9TzY2A&feature=player_detailpage
A 35% Spike in Infant Mortality in Northwest Cities Since Meltdown
"I was more than shocked," said Nakamura, 74, who, like other tea farmers in Kanagawa has been forced to throw away an early harvest because of radiation being released by the Fukushima Daiichi plant 300 kilometers (180 miles) away.
But a plethora of setbacks later and the nuclear plant is still offline and only expected to return to service in the fall of 2012 -- three years behind schedule.
Energy Minister Craig Leonard has pegged the total cost overruns, including replacement power while the nuclear reactor is offline, at about $2.4 billion -- assuming there are no further delays.
Nuclear safety rules in the United States do not adequately weigh the risk that a single event would knock out electricity from both the grid and from emergency generators, as an earthquake and tsunami recently did at a nuclear plant in Japan, officials of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Wednesday.
...as this AP picture shows, with the Ft. Calhoun nuclear power plant in Nebraska now completely surrounded by water as levels continue to rise in the Missouri River.
In this half hour audio interview, Angela Bischoff share’s surprising statistics on who’s using how much energy, underlying reasons for our slow progression towards sustainable energy, how the ON Clean Air Alliance is working towards practically making change, and empowers us with tips on what we can do to make a difference.
Ontario’s Liberal government sent the wrong signal by giving people 10 per cent off their electricity bills because it discourages conservation, Environmental Commissioner Gord Miller said Tuesday. Miller was similarly unimpressed with promises by the Progressive Conservatives and New Democrats to remove the eight per cent provincial portion of the HST from electricity bills if they win the Oct. 6 Ontario election. “I think it should be taxed to express the full cost to consumers so that they will see the value of conservation,” he said.
The Environmental Commissioner of Ontario released Volume 1 of his 2010 Annual Energy Conservation Progress Report to the Legislature on June 14th, 2011.
Watch the webcast of the media conference and the short videos of the Commissioner outlining key points of the report including: overview, electricity pricing, smart grid, and more. You can also download the report.
The time for that choice is now. Do we allow our health to suffer by continuing to rely on coal? Do we gamble on nuclear? Or do we choose a less harmful path toward renewable energy? How do we compare a simple annoyance and obstructed views with the suffering of hundreds of thousands? Our diagnosis is clear - Ontario needs renewable energy, including wind turbines.
The falling price of natural gas has prompted both supporters, who believe natural gas is a proven, reliable transitional fuel away from coal and nuclear, and critics, who are afraid that wide-scale adoption of natural gas will undermine the switch to renewables. The booming shale gas industry has received particular attention recently, not least because of its potentially enormous environmental impacts.
World leaders will spend $1 trillion on nukes in the next 10 years while cutting essential services that we all need!
Will you take 1 minute to tell them what matters most to you?
There are still more than 20,000 nuclear weapons in the world today. A single bomb is powerful enough to obliterate a city, killing millions in an instant. Abolishing nuclear weapons is the only guarantee that they will never be used again.
Southern-Ontario Speaking Tour
Monday, June 27, Ottawa Area
Tuesday, June 28, Kingston Area
Wednesday, June 29 Toronto, Guelph & Cambridge
Thursday, June 30, Guelph
The report and tour will highlight the untapped business opportunities for Ontario’s farmers that can be found in the field of renewable energy; the numerous other benefits of renewable energy, such as rural economic development and improved environmental conditions; and finally, the government policies needed to allow farmers to embrace the benefits of renewable energy.
More details here: http://www.climateactionnetwork.ca/e/news/2011/release/index.php?WEBYEP_DI=18
Sponsored by: Climate Action Network Canada, Pembina Institute, the Heinrich Böll Foundation, and The United Church of Canada
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