No Nukes News

November 23, 2010


No sale of federal nuclear company has critics calling for halt to new Darlington reactors

Published reports last week indicated only two companies had submitted bids to buy the reactor side of AECL, but that the bids were far below what the federal government feels it is worth. Beyond that, the reports indicated the bidders would not accept responsibility for funding completion of AECL's newest reactor, the Advanced Candu (known as the ACR), the type touted for new build at Darlington.

Bidders' apparent unwillingness to take on completion of the ARC is proof Candu is "at a dead end," he contended. "So, if Candu is a dead end, the question becomes, will the McGuinty government adjust course and invest in non-nuclear technologies or just kept driving towards the dead end?" Mr. Stensil asked in an e-mail, noting the declining cost of other technologies.

"While Candu is stagnating, green energy technologies are innovating and bringing their costs down," he said. Replacing energy produced by recently-mothballed reactors at Pickering could be "completely feasible and cost effective ... with non-nuclear clean-tech options without the lights going out."

'This government should be sued'

Activist warns Port Hope that radioactive waste will leak into water and air 'for the rest of time'

Port Hope's air, drinking water, fish, beach, soil - virtually everything in the town of 16,000 poses a health risk from radioactivity, anti-nuclear activist Dr. Helen Caldicott warned an overflow crowd Tuesday night.

Port Hope ponders legal action against local anti-nuke groups

After a week of provocative commentary from anti-nuclear activist Dr. Helen Caldicott, the Municipality of Port Hope may take legal action. Deputy Mayor Lees estimates that Port Hope has lost millions of dollars in retail sales, real estate transactions, as a result of the actions of both groups, and certain other individuals whom he would not name.

Following her visit, Dr. Caldicott maintained that Port Hope is dangerous. In fact, she said with Cameco's uranium conversion facility operating on Lake Ontario, there is no other place on earth more dangerous to human health.

America's Eggshell Nukes

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has made it clear that America's 104 licensed atomic power reactors are not accidents waiting to happen. They are accidents in progress.

And proposals to build a "new generation" of reactors are not mere scams. They comprise a predictable plan for permanent national bankruptcy.

The Code Killers

Why DNA and ionizing radiation are a dangerous mix; An expose of the nuclear industry

$1.7 Billion and Rising: Taxpayers' Gas Bill for Oil Sands

Extractors gobble natural gas, deducting the cost from their taxes. That already huge public subsidy, hidden from view, is due to balloon.

Burning coal helps OPG raise profits

Output from OPG’s thermal plants, which mostly burn coal, rose by 250 per cent in the three months ended Sept. 30, raising OPG’s carbon dioxide emissions 45 per cent compared with last year.

Angela’s Note: Increasing OPG’s profits at the expense of the climate or our children’s health doesn’t make sense. [Finishing the coal phase out]

The good news is that Ontario’s coal-free generation capacity is now 17% greater than our peak day electricity demands.  Therefore we can achieve a virtually complete coal phase-out today by simply putting our dirty coal plants on standby reserve, only operating them if they are absolutely needed to keep the lights on. 

1 Minute Action: Please send an email to Energy Minister Duguid now and ask him to prevent up to 137,500 asthma attacks per year by putting all of our dirty coal boilers on standby reserve today. 

The Story of Coal

Coal still generates 50% of the electricity consumed in the United States and once people get the real picture of how dirty it is, they surely will think a bit harder about switching to a renewable source of power.

Reducing Your Electrical Bill

By popular demand, we have gathered together our various energy conservation tips for reducing electrical power consumption. Recent hikes in electrical bills in Ontario have many consumers scrambling for ways to lower their electrical bill. Find out how to reduce them here:

Pay now for power

There's no such thing as free hydro. The McGuinty government's decision to add $1 billion to the deficit to pay for lower electricity rates is cowardly, irresponsible and will ultimately end up costing the taxpayers of Ontario more.

Ultimately, the people of Ontario will have to pay for power, whether through taxes or on their bills. It's far preferable to pay now, and pay directly. It's more honest -- it allows Ontarians to see the relationship between the government's energy-policy decisions on the expenditure side and the cost on their bills. It's also more fair, because it allows those consumers who use less hydro to pay less. The shift to the tax base also reduces the financial incentive that might have convinced more people to find ways to save money, whether through timing their usage to coincide with lower rates at times of less demand, or by conserving altogether. Financial incentives are a great way to nudge people into new habits, habits that can reduce the overall burden on the energy grid. The market works.

Our fiscally prudent strategy to lower electricity bills

Ontario Finance Minister Dwight Duncan announced this afternoon a $1.1 billion per year taxpayer-financed subsidy for the consumption of dirty coal-fired and high-cost nuclear power.  But merely reducing electricity prices masks the true costs of producing electricity. Here is our sustainable and fiscally prudent strategy to lower electricity bills.

Put the pedal to the metal on improving energy efficiency:  Ontario’s demand for electricity has fallen by 7% since 2006, but our electricity consumption per person is still 35% higher than New York State’s.  We can do a lot more to save consumers money by reducing electricity waste.

End blank cheques for nuclear projects: No green or clean power producer gets to pass capital cost overruns onto consumers like the nuclear industry does.  It’s time to end blank cheque spending on wildly expensive nuclear projects.  We must refuse to let Ontario Power Generation (OPG) max out our collective credit card to pay for the inevitable multi-billion dollar cost overruns on its proposed Darlington Re-Build project. 

Import more hydro power from Quebec:  Under federal rules, Quebec must offer Ontario electricity for the same price it gets from its American customers.  Last year that was 6.5 cents per kWh, less than a third the price of power from a rebuilt Darlington Station.  Current transmission capacity is sufficient to import enough electricity from Quebec to provide power equal to more than three-quarters of Darlington’s output – with no radioactive waste.

Instead of applying costly band-aids to electricity bills, we need to implement the following real solutions to controlling electricity costs.

Please email Finance Minister Dwight Duncan and urge him to:

a)      invest massively in energy efficiency and conservation programs,

b)      tell OPG that it will not be allowed to pass its Darlington Re-Build cost overruns onto consumers and taxpayers, and

c)      import more hydro electricity from Quebec.

Thank you for your help to usher in lower cost green electricity.

Angela Bischoff
Outreach Director
Ontario Clean Air Alliance
Tel: 416 926 1907 x 246
625 Church Street, #402
Toronto, ON M4Y 2G1
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