June 25, 2010
Let’s show the world at the G20 Summit that we are taking action on climate change!
Canada's nuclear watchdog is fast-tracking a request for a hearing to consider reopening the country's aging medical isotope-producing reactor. Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. made a request Friday for a formal hearing in hopes of restarting medical isotope production at the Ontario plant by mid-summer.
"The Commission will vary the CNSC Rules of Procedures so that AECL's request will be dealt with in a fair and expeditious manner." Speeding up the process will mean the public will have little time to respond to documents filed by AECL to the regulator.
CNSC shows that its first priority is getting nuclear facilities approved and back in operation quickly, for the sake of the business interests involved -- not protecting the public and the environment, as the CNSC legal mandate dictates. Health and safety are not just given a lower priority, they are hardly even considered in any serious manner.
AECL has had more than a year to make repairs to the geriatric NRU reactor, but public concerns over its radioactive emissions and nuclear waste production will be given scant attention.
Nor does the CNSC show any inclination to tackle the question of whether Chalk River should be continuing to use weapons-grade uranium. President Obama's Washington summit in April 2010 aimed at eliminating the transport and use of such high-security weapons-grade material for any civilian purposes, but the CNSC seems to be oblivious to the global threat posed by such traffic.
To top it all off, there is no indication that CNSC will be considering the cancers caused by the use of medical isotopes, nor the long-term environmental impact of such use.
-- Gordon Edwards
The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) will host a one-day public hearing to consider Atomic Energy of Canada¹s (AECL) application for the restart of the National Research Universal (NRU) Reactor located at the Chalk River Laboratories (CRL) site in Chalk River, Ontario.
Hearing: Mon. June 28, 9 a.m.
Place: CNSC Public Hearing Room, 14th floor, 280 Slater Street, Ottawa, Ontario
The public hearing will be webcasted live on the Internet via the CNSC Web site and archived for a period of 90 days.
The public is invited to comment on AECL’s request. Requests to intervene must be filed with the Secretary of the Commission by June 23, 2010 directly on-line at
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“The unfortunate truth is that, today, Canada has virtually no national strategy on renewable energy; no plans for high-speed rail lines in development; no national smart-grid plans of any consequences; no greenhouse gas emissions reductions goals of any meaning; and no energy efficiency goals,”
Provide your feedback on comments received: Discussion Paper DIS-10-01 before July 14, 2010
Not a moment too soon, THE ATOMIC CAFE is back to provide us with a much-needed release of comic energy. A dark comedy in the truest sense, this timeless classic took the nation by storm when it first debuted in 1982. The film recounts a defining period of 20th century history and serves as a chilling and often hilarious reminder of cold-war era paranoia in the United States--artfully presented through a collage of newsreel footage, government archives, military training films, and fifties music. Profoundly shocking and perversely topical, THE ATOMIC CAFE craftily captures a panicked nation, offering a fascinating and witty account of life during the atomic age and resulting cold war, when fall-out shelters, duck-and-cover drills, and government propaganda were all a part of our social consciousness. Regarded by critics as a nuclear Reefer Madness and likened to Stanley Kubricks Dr. Strangelove, this profoundly shocking and highly amusing film is a stunner, a gripping account of an unforgettable era and an indisputable must-see for all Americans.
Nukes and Climate Change
And much more!
Who needs a wartime nuclear exchange when you have peaceful countries nuking the gamma rays out of their own sovereign territories? The following video shows all the nuclear "tests" conducted by the world in the period between 1945 and 1998. Based on public data, the world's peaceful countries have already nuked themselves at least 2,054 times, with the US nuking the state of Nevada and its immediate neighbors about one thousand times. And keep in mind -- the fallout does not just miraculously "disappear."
Watch clip: http://www.zerohedge.com/article/how-world-nuked-itself-over-2000-times
Safe and Green Energy Peterborough (SAGE) is holding a…
… at the Peterborough Public Library on Tuesday June 29th from 11am to 2pm and Wednesday June 30th from 6pm to 9pm.
As part of SAGE's mandate as an intervening group in the New Build's Environmental Assessment, the group is inviting individuals and groups to present their findings and concerns around the environmental, economic, and social impacts of OPG's proposed New Nuclear Build at Darlington. SAGE will be selecting and compiling the presentations to be submitted in the Proposed New Nuclear Build's Environmental Assessment.
Backgrounder: Safe And Green Energy (SAGE) Peterborough is comprised of a group of concerned Ontario citizens who peacefully oppose the renewed focus on nuclear energy and the mining of uranium in Ontario, and is an advocate for safe and renewable energy sources. SAGE members share a concern for the environment, the future of humanity, social equity, and the responsible management of public funds. SAGE activities focus on exposing the drawbacks and costs of nuclear energy in the light of renewable energy options. SAGE also recognizes the short and long-term hazards of uranium mining as major pitfalls within any nuclear energy strategy. SAGE networks with other anti-nuclear and environmental groups across Ontario and Canada. SAGE is an Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG) working group. SAGE recently received funding to submit a report to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) on the proposed Darlington Nuclear New Build.
Background on the Proposed New Nuclear Build at Darlington Nuclear Plant: On September 21st, 2006, OPG applied for the license to build up to four new nuclear reactors at the Darlington Nuclear Power Plant. On November 22nd, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission informed OPG that the project would require an Environmental Assessment (EA) in order to receive a license to build. As part of this EA, OPG is required to produce an Environmental Impact Statement that meets all of the requirements laid out in the Guidelines for the Preparation of the Environmental Impact Statement. This measure is to ensure that OPG is aware of and prepared to mitigate the environmental and social impacts of the proposed Nuclear Newbuild at the Darlington Nuclear Power Plant. This Public Consultation is a part of SAGE Peterborough’s participation in the EA process.
For more information please contact: Roy Brady (705) 745 2446 firstname.lastname@example.org - John Etches (705) 748 2219 email@example.com - Stephen Cornwell (416) 587 4948 firstname.lastname@example.org
By Wangari Maathai - The current upheaval caused by the economic recession pales in comparison to the potential impacts of climate change, which, if unabated, threatens to bring more disasters, famine, disease, resource scarcity, human displacement and migrations and economic instability than ever before.
Too often such conflicts are labelled as inter-ethnic or religious, ignoring the fact that climate change, environmental degradation and the pursuit of fossil fuels is the root cause of so much conflict in the world today.
Droughts in Kenya, wildfires in California and melting glaciers in our mountains are further indications that we are on the tipping point of a catastrophe scientists have long been predicting. No country or community is immune from climate change, but the greatest tragedy is that those who are most affected and who are least able to adapt and mitigate against climate change, are least responsible. While leaders of the world’s richest countries bear the greatest responsibility for rising global temperatures, it is those already living on the edge of poverty who will feel the impacts most acutely.
The scariest thing for the oil industry right now is not the front page pictures of dying, oil-covered birds in the Gulf of Mexico, or pictures of dead, oil covered ducks in the Alberta tar sands. The most frightening spectre for them is a surging renewable energy industry united with environmentalists to destroy the myth of oil's necessity.
Yet that is precisely what happened last week, when Greenpeace and the European Renewable Energy Council released their 'Energy [R]evolution' blueprint for cutting carbon emissions while achieving economic growth. The simple solution is to replace fossil fuels with renewable energy and energy efficiency. The study was developed in conjunction with specialists from the German Aerospace Centre and more than 30 scientists and engineers from universities, institutes and the renewable energy industry around the world. It demonstrated that in a world taking serious action on climate change, there is no need for unconventional oil from the tar sands.
Canadian Environment Minister Jim Prentice announced the country will phase in greenhouse-gas emissions standards for coal-powered energy facilities to give the industry time to adopt cleaner technologies.
The government will mandate that traditional coal-fired plants either meet new standards that will be announced next year, or close once they reach the end of their "economic life," Prentice said today in Ottawa. Thirty-three of Canada's 51 coal-burning units will reach the end of their economic life by 2025, he said.
When it comes to regulations, this government has been making a series of empty promises for over three years, meanwhile coal plants continue to be built and emissions continue to rise. It appears that these new proposed regulations are actually a step back from unmet promises made three years ago. We need a coal free Canada. This means phasing out existing coal plants, prohibiting the construction of new plants and instead making meaningful investments in renewable energy and energy conservation.
One Port Burwell farmer says he’s ‘thrilled’ to be part of the wind turbine movement
Despite pockets of resistance across Ontario, wind is here to stay, and growing, said Robert Hornung, president of Canwea. Wind generates about 12,000 megawatts of power now, another 500 is coming online this year with 1,500 in the near future. Ontario’s standards for turbines, including setbacks from residential homes, are the most rigorous in North America and the world.
As for those protesters, turbines have been generating electricity safely for decades in other countries — it now accounts for about 13% of all Spain’s power — and Hornung believes opposition is based on “misinformation.”
Two of three Canadians want the Harper government to show leadership at the G8 and G20 summits and announce plans to eliminate subsidies for the fossil fuel industry, according to results of a poll released on Friday.
It also found that 78 per cent of respondents wanted Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government to use the summits "to signal that Canada wants to be a leader in the global fight against climate change."
In a separate question, 65 per cent of respondents said they opposed the Harper government's strategy of waiting for the U.S. and other nations "to develop their plans for climate change before it implements further measures to address climate change."
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The world's addiction to oil and other fossil fuels is enabled by the subsidies many governments provide to make them so cheap.
Some details have already started to leak out, and the scale of subsidization worldwide is massive. The IEA came out with its own announcement that public spending on consumption subsidies – payments made to make coal, oil and gas more affordable to consumers – was $556-billion (U.S.) in 2008, a $215-billion increase from 2007.
The IEA estimates that phasing out the subsidies in the next 10 years could cut global energy demand by 6 per cent, and reduce carbon emissions equal to 30 per cent of the reduction needed to keep global temperatures from rising by 2 degrees.
The Worldwatch Institute has launched an initiative designed to explore and communicate the potential of natural gas, renewable energy, and energy efficiency to work together to build a low-carbon economy. The project provides a forum to examine potential environmental, social, and political obstacles that must be addressed if natural gas is to accelerate, rather than delay, a low-carbon energy transformation. Read the report here:
Filmmaker Josh Fox talks about 'Gasland' and his quest to understand the risks posed by today's natural gas industry.
The film's stunning footage shows the consequences of fracking on the communities where it takes place: the huge pits and pools of used toxic fracking fluid, left to spill on the ground and evaporate into the atmosphere; darkened and foul-smelling air and water; sick vegetation, animals and people; and dramatic gas explosions and fires, including tap water that bursts into flames.
Toronto Community Mobilization Network: http://g20.torontomobilize.org/
G20 Alt Media Centre http://2010.mediacoop.ca/