May 20, 2010
“Nuclear power results in up to 25 times more carbon emissions than wind energy, when reactor construction and uranium refining and transport are considered.” - Scientific American
(at Loviisa, on January 12, 2010) edited down to a total of 45 minutes. Fantastic overview.
1/5: Nuclear Power Cannot Solve Climate Change:
2/5: Radioactivity from Bomb Fallout and Reactors:
3/5: Atomic Radiation and High-Level Nuclear Waste:
4/5 Reactor Accidents - Meltdowns and Power Excursions:
5/5: Recycling Nuclear Fuel = Plutonium Reprocessing:
Tritium is a serious hazard in Canada, requiring urgent action by the public and legislators alike. On this website you will find scientific documents, media reports, personal stories and fact sheets. Learn about the massive quantities of radioactive tritium released by the nuclear industry in Canada on a routine basis and why this of such concern.
This fall, Bruce Power plans to truck 16 100-ton radioactive steam generators from Bruce units 1 and 2 near Kincardine, Ontario, to Owen Sound on Georgian Bay. From there, they plan to ship them through the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence Seaway to Studsvik, a company located on the Baltic Sea in Sweden. Studsvik would process them in its melter, releasing 90% of the metals (with what is considered "allowable" radioactive contamination) to global markets for unrestricted use.
Groups here and in Europe are calling attention to these shipments and the critical policy questions they pose. They are urging authorities to stop these and future shipments, to protect our watersheds and communities for the long-term.
"Should the nuclear industry be allowed to dump their radioactively contaminated waste metals in with other scrap metals and call it 'recycling?' Can the addition of long-lived man-made radioactive poisons such as plutonium, americium, and curium to existing stocks of metals be countenanced as 'recycling?' "We strongly believe that the answer to all of these questions should be no. These practices must be nipped in the bud now, to prevent an ever-increasing traffic in radioactive waste shipments and an ever-escalating market in radioactive materials that are released for unrestricted use to an unaware and consenting public."
Do we really want radioactive metal in our kitchenware or our babies' cribs? Does not the precautionary principle apply here?
A company hoping to ship massive radioactive steam generators through the Great Lakes needs to do a better job of informing the public, Sarnia's mayor says.
"Actually what they're doing is dispersing radioactive material in the form of scrap metal for unrestricted use," Gordon Edwards said. "This material would find its way into all sorts of household appliances, knives, forks and spoons, into all kinds of things." Saving money is the company's only motive, according to Edwards.
Register your opposition as an individual or a group: http://www.nirs.org/radwaste/glresradsteamgen.pdf
June 1, 2, 3 at Bowmanville, Oshawa and Whitby
Members of the House of Commons, Hansard, May 14, 2010,
The verdict: Wind turbines are not perfect. They need to be carefully sited and allow for appropriate setbacks. But the current science — as opposed to anecdote — suggests they do not threaten human health. Unlike coal, they are not destroying our climate and killing hundreds of Canadians every year. Unlike nuclear, they are not associated with cancer — nor do they condemn the next thousand generations to the menace of radioactive waste.
Canada could technically meet all its electricity needs and dramatically lower greenhouse-gas emissions if it moved aggressively to develop enhanced geothermal power projects, according to the first comprehensive assessment of the country’s deep geothermal resources.
US scientists believe they will soon be able to use algae to produce biofuel for the same cost as fossil fuels
A new report on the capacity in the UK for offshore wind, wave and tidal power should be used to put pressure on ministers
• Offshore green energy could make UK net exporter by 2050
It's worth keeping your eye on West Virginia these days, where a campaign of civil disobedience against coal mining activities is attracting increasingly tough reprimand from state judges.
Many prominent environmental leaders- including Al Gore, James Hansen, Bill McKibben, and Wendell Berry- have encouraged youth to consider mass actions of civil disobedience against coal extraction and burning. Hansen, in fact, was one of 30 people arrested at an anti-mountaintop removal mining demonstration in West Virginia last June. Since Climate Ground Zero began its campaign of non-violent protests last year, over 100 people have been arrested.
Read the statement from the 2 activists charged: http://climategroundzero.net/openletter/
Enter the Ontario Clean Air Alliance's fourth-annual PeakBusters contest – we are giving away two $1,000 luxurious and a dozen $200 gift cards. Click here to enter now!
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