June 3, 2010
“By ignoring the increased costs to future generations for managing radioactive waste, governments are subsidizing nuclear power today, undermining green power and preventing the development of cleaner and cheaper green energy” - Shawn-Patrick Stensil, Greenpeace
When: Sunday, June 13th – 12 – 4. Meeting begins at 1. Lunch served at noon.
What: Information and Organizing meeting to stop approval of the new Darlington reactors.
Where: Toronto Free Space Gallery, 1277 Bloor St West (Landsdown Subway)
Why: Learn about environmental impacts of new reactors at Darlington and find ways to stop them.
This is to invite you or a representative from your organization to attend an information and organizing meeting on the federal review now underway of the McGuinty government’s proposal to build new reactors at the Darlington site east of Toronto. These proposed new reactors are the biggest threat to building a renewable and sustainable energy system in Ontario. While the McGuinty government has taken some steps to develop green energy, its plan to build new reactors at Darlington will effectively stop the growth of green energy. To build an Ontario built on 100% green power, we must stop the approval of the Darlington reactors. This is why we need your help.
An alliance of environmental organizations, including Northwatch, Greenpeace, Safe and Green Energy (SAGE), has been working to stop Harper government’s free pass for Dalton McGuinty’s reactors. Join us. The session will present the environmental threats posed by new reactors at Darlington and allow for a discussion on how groups can get involved and help stop the approval of the Darlington reactors.
If you plan to attend, please RSVP by Thursday June 10 at: email@example.com
The latest generation of proposed multibillion dollar Canadian nuclear plants could be up to 158 times more hazardous than their predecessors, opening the door to massive cost overruns and possibly forcing taxpayers to pick up the tab, warns a report released today.
The report, The Hazards of Generation III Reactor Fuel Wastes, says the risk is primarily due to uncertainty about what will happen to radioactive uranium fuel after it is used.http://www.windsorstar.com/technology/nuclear+plants+could+more+dangerous/3091548/story.html---
The isolation period for waste from new generation reactors will increase to 2.3 million years from one million years before radioactivity approaches that of natural uranium;http://www.greenpeace.org/canada/en/recent/Impacts-of-dangerous-new-radioactive-waste-unassessed-Greenpeace-report/
In the last few months, Iran has advanced to the brink of having a nuclear weapon. It has accumulated at least two tons of enriched uranium - enough to make two nuclear bombs, according to a U.N. report released Monday. Though the uranium is meant to be used for power generation and a medical reactor, it's a short step from there to bomb-grade fuel.
Energy secretary blames predecessors for avoiding tough decisions in 'classic example of short-termism'
Britain is facing a £4bn black hole in unavoidable nuclear decommissioning and waste costs. The revelation will also hand further ammunition to those who say a new generation of nuclear power stations in Britain will end up being more expensive than the industry claims.
The outcome of this horrendous expense is likely to be the final death knell for any plans for new nuclear power stations, which the coalition has agreed can only go ahead if they are built with no public subsidy and clear plans for their full costs over their whole lifetime. It is simply not possible for any private company to provide such guarantees, even the French government-subsidised EDF, which is the main outfit proposing this at the moment.
The Ontario government will need to expand its climate change policy agenda if it hopes to have any chance of reaching its short- and medium-term GHG reduction targets.
Recognizing that the transportation sector is the largest single producer of GHG emissions in Ontario, the report calls for a serious and comprehensive assessment of how road pricing can assist in reducing GHGs and making public transit a more attractive option.
Further, the ECO stresses the need to put a clear and transparent price on carbon to influence the energy choices consumers make in the marketplace. By putting a price on carbon, consumers become more aware of the significant costs to society, and the broader environment, of carbon-based pollution. The ECO supports the government's current efforts to develop a cap-and-trade system as one method to bring about this price discovery. The report recommends, however, that the government "keep all its policy options open" by engaging in a dialogue with the public on other mechanisms that could be used. These may include, for example, a revenue neutral carbon tax or levy.
The report documents the environmental, social and economic benefits that other jurisdictions around the world have gained through road pricing. The report notes that the transportation sector is responsible for fully one-third of Ontario's GHGs and a similar portion of the province's fossil fuel use. Road pricing options could lead the way in not only reducing gridlock, congestion and GHG pollution but in also providing a much-needed revenue stream to fund increased public transit.
Angela Bischoff says the province doesn’t need to be burning coal. “We have so much excess electrical capacity online that we don’t need to be burning coal any more,” says Bischoff, Outreach Director, Ontario Clean Air Alliance.
7 minute audio recording
Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty talks grapple with legacy of highly enriched uranium (HEU)
What's happening with medical reactors?
Less progress has been made in converting the targets used for medical radioisotope production to LEU (low enriched uranium), although South Africa is converting one. Other countries, including Argentina and Australia, are already using LEU for this purpose. I think that the companies who produce radioisotopes are inclined to convert, but they are concerned about costs and the effect on the price of their products. A 2009 report by the US National Academies, however, found that there was no technical obstacle to converting, and that it would cause at most a 10% increase in the cost of medical imaging.
What should happen next?
We need to move on from debating whether it is economically or technically viable to convert HEU reactors and targets, and push ahead with doing it. The non-proliferation stakes are too high to do otherwise.
-- Gordon Edwards.
1 minute video - http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/53f727b716/stephen-colbert-s-nuclear-attack
Nuclear Power Plant Demolition
After spending nearly a $100 Million and three years to build this 450 foot tall Nuclear Power Plant Cooling Tower, it only took 10 seconds to demolish.
1 minute video - http://www.break.com/index/nuclear-power-plant-demolition.html
The Gulf of Mexico disaster could trigger a wider environmental catastrophe if the US's search for new petrol sources points it back in the direction of Alberta.
The Deepwater Horizon disaster caused headlines around the world, yet the people who live in the Niger delta have had to live with environmental catastrophes for decades
A new Nanos Research poll finds that Canadians think that global warming should be the top priority (both first and second choices) at the G8/G20. The poll also finds that Canadians think that Canada’s place in the world is weaker on climate change than any other issue covered.
MIT researchers say wind power can make sense for utility companies, starting now
A key insight of the study is that wind’s apparent drawbacks as a power source — it only blows intermittently, and in many places blows harder at night than during the day — could actually be used to the advantage of power companies, with one condition. If power grids were equipped with large storage batteries that are commercially available right now, placed near urban areas, they could accumulate energy via wind power during off-peak night hours, then discharge the saved power during peak afternoon hours (when people have their air-conditioning on during the summer, for instance).
The City of Ottawa overturned a 20-year ban on arms shows at city-owned facilities. Now it has been revealed that the city is pocketing nearly $113,000 from CANSEC, Canada's largest arms show. Urge Ottawa mayoral candidates to reject CANSEC, and to stop profiting from the arms industry.
Join with residents of Ottawa in sending letters of protest to the Mayor of Ottawa and the other two leading candidates in this year’s mayoral election. Urge them to reject any future application by CANSEC, ensuring that their arms show will not be held on city property ever again.
Meet at: 1pm - St. George and Bloor (n/e corner), Toronto
Enjoy a lovely 5k bike tour through downtown city streets! See which countries have nukes, threatening every itty-bitty speck of life on Earth! Bring your signs and flags! Take pictures of your favourite consulate building! Most of all, join the call to abolish nukes!
For more information write us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us at www.worldwithoutwars.ca.
Community action for global justice
Saturday, June 5, 10:30am - 6pm
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, 252 Bloor Street West, Toronto
It’s a good impulse to feel contempt for the G20. It’s a better impulse to want to talk about it. Join student and community activists to learn about the G20 and current social and environmental justice campaigns in Toronto, and get involved. Free citywide teach-in. Lunch included!
Full program here: http://g20.torontomobilize.org/torontoVSG20.
The 2010 People’s Summit: Building a Movement for a Just World
June 18th-20th, 2010
Ryerson University, The University of Toronto, and other locations around Toronto
The 2010 People’s Summit is civil society’s alternative “counter Summit” to the G8 and G20 Summits. Together we will create a space where diverse local and international movements can democratically organize to advocate and educate for global justice. Over 100 groups, organizers, and activists from around Canada and the world will offer workshops, skillshares, panels, plenaries, strategy sessions, art, performance, and plenty more. We’ll tackle major social and environmental justice issues in five thematic streams – Global Justice; the Environment and Climate Change; Human Rights and Civil Liberties; Economic Justice; and Building the Movement. There will also be engaging child and youth programming and childcare available, so bring your kids!
Registration, program, accommodations, billeting, posters and more can be found here: http://peoplessummit2010.ca/section/2
Week of Action
And after the People’s Summit, the Toronto Community Mobilization Network is coordinating a Week of Action from June 21st to 27th. For full details of actions and events planned that week, please visit www.g20.torontomobilize.org.