March 30, 2010
“What we’re seeing is a well-orchestrated international public relations campaign by a very desperate nuclear industry… I think it is really important to realize that there is an element of stampeding the herd in the direction of nuclear power, when in fact it may be a cliff we are heading to, not a bridge to the future.”
~ Dr. Gordon Edwards, CCNR
Catch this: In 2009, OPG received a $412 million subsidy from Ontario’s electricity consumers to compensate it for the operating losses of its Nanticoke and Lambton coal-fired power plants. Why, you ask? As a result of the coal plants’ high fixed costs and low volumes in 2009 (their lowest level in 45 years), the average cost of producing a kWh of coal-fired electricity is now greater than the wholesale market price of electricity and therefore the coal plants are no longer profitable.. We’re actually paying OPG to pollute our air! To add insult to injury, Ontario’s coal-fired electricity generation in 2009 caused 246 deaths, 342 hospital admissions, 406 emergency room visits and almost 123,000 minor illnesses (e.g. asthma attacks) in Ontario. (To find out more see: http://www.cleanairalliance.org/files/active/0/phaseout%20progress%202010.pdf )
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We can stop burning coal today! Please send an email to Premier McGuinty asking him to speed up the coal phase-out and shut all ON’s coal plants down by the G-20 this June (and send me a copy) https://www.premier.gov.on.ca/feedback/feedback.asp?Lang=EN
And if you’re up for distributing FREE copies of our leaflets on coal or nukes with postcards to politicos, please order them here: http://cleanairalliance.org/get_involved_order_pamphlets
"Fifty-three years into commercial nuclear power ... the US still has no safe, sound, permanent storage plan for high-level radioactive waste," he told reporters. Meanwhile, the spent fuel stacking up at the sites is a terrorist target, he and others said.
This being a blog about nuclear power we’d like to mark World Water Day by reminding us all of the places around the world where drinking water supplies have been put at risk by the nuclear industry.
The tasks facing the commission are daunting, given the renewed pressure to build new nuclear power reactors, maintain a large and antiquated federal nuclear infrastructure, and placate U.S. voters opposed to nuclear waste sites in their backyards.
Nearly two-dozen doctors in Sept-Îles, Que., are renewing their threats to resign and leave the province after the government rejected calls for a moratorium on uranium mining and exploration in the region.
Thirty years ago, a workers' blockade in New Brunswick stopped the Argentinian dictatorship from bringing a nuclear reactor online. The longshoremen of Saint John refused to load a $120-million cargo of heavy water bound for Argentina. The blockade also shone an international spotlight on Argentina's tyranny and its political prisoners, and helped force the release of 11 jailed trade unionists. Argentina's democratic government is now honouring the Saint John longshoremen with the highest award it can give them.
China WindPower Group Ltd., Iberdrola SA and Duke Energy Corp. will lead development of an estimated $65 billion of wind-power plants this year that let utilities reduce their reliance on fossil fuels. The estimate from Bloomberg New Energy Finance assumes a 9 percent increase in global installations of wind turbines this year, adding as much as 41 gigawatts of generation capacity. That’s the equivalent of 34 new nuclear power stations.
Bullfrog Power has just launched a campaign is to increase the level of dialogue in homes across the country related to renewable energy and energy pricing. The campaign is intended to provoke discussion on two issues: first, why it makes sense to pay more for renewable energy, and second, why it makes sense to pay more for conventional energy.
The campaign will run for approximately 8 weeks across much of the country, and offers a spectrum of answers to the why pay more question from the perspectives of our customers presented largely in testimonial-style formats.
Check it out: www.paymoreforenergy.ca
As winter melts into spring, Southwestern Ontario is quickly powering up to become Canada's biggest solar energy hotbed. From small rooftop solar cells and pole-mounted panels that swivel like sunflowers, to a Sarnia venture that's touted to become the largest energy producer of its kind on the continent, the region is in a sunshine state of mind.
Geothermal wells in Klamath Falls, Ore., mark one of the nation's most ambitious uses of a green energy resource with a tiny carbon footprint and could serve as a model for a still-fledgling industry.
Encouraging to see these deep-thinkers hopeful about progress in shutting down coal and ramping up clean energy around the world.
10 min. video discussion between Richard Heinberg (Post Carbon Institute) and Lester Brown (Earth Policy Institute).
5 minute you-tube video – addresses the blower-door test, windows, weather stripping, water-heaters, furnace wrapping, lights, energy audits and more
The Passionate Eye, CBC TV News Network
Modern life would be impossible without enough energy, but it's an addiction that could cost the Earth. We rely on fossil fuels - oil, coal, and gas - which all emit the carbon that contributes to global warming. The dilemma is how to keep the lights on without cooking the planet. Future Earth: Addicted to Power illustrates the disastrous consequences of continuing our addiction to power through photo-real CGI, but it also includes gripping interviews with experts who explore how adopting new technologies and making changes to the way we live can avert these disasters.
Watch it online! http://www.cbc.ca/documentaries/passionateeyeshowcase/2010/futureearthpower/
The Passionate Eye, CBC TV News Network
Its estimated the world's ever growing population will need 50% more water in the next 20 years. Future Earth 2025 creates credible disaster scenarios based on changing weather and rain patterns, and uses the testimony of world leading scientists and engineers to project the future, and explore how these disasters can be diverted by adopting new technologies and making changes to the way we live. Future Earth 2025 is produced by UK based Darlow Smithson.
Watch it online! http://www.cbc.ca/documentaries/passionateeyeshowcase/2010/futureearth2025/