September 30, 2009
Thanks to every one of you that helped distribute leaflets in Energy Minister Smitherman’s riding, and in the St. Paul’s by-election. Now that we’ve got Smitherman onside, and the winning candidate in St. Paul’s riding stated in an all-candidates forum that he supports the move to 100% renewable energy grid, our next target is Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff in the riding of Etobicoke-Lakeshore. In recent months he has repeatedly declared his support for nuclear power, so we need to bring him up-to-speed with the help of his constituents. If you can help us distribute leaflets door-to-door in his riding, let me know – we need you! Thank YOU!
Ontario's power grid is getting a $2.3 billion makeover as part of an ambitious, three-year effort to create 20,000 jobs and bring more green electricity to homes and businesses across the province.
Canadian Hydro Developers Inc., the country's largest independent developer of wind-energy projects, said on Monday it plans to erect enough wind turbines in Lake Erie to power two million homes. That works out to about 880 offshore wind turbines scattered across the shallowest of the Great Lakes.
The announcement comes just days after the Ontario government launched its feed-in tariff program, which pays generators of green electricity a guaranteed premium for the power they produce.
Toronto Hydro is exploring development in Lake Ontario and Lake Erie, while Leamington-based SouthPoint Wind wants to put up 15 wind turbines just off Pigeon Bay, Lake Erie. Trillium Power, a developer based in Toronto, was first out of the gates a few years ago with its plans to build about 1,500 megawatts of wind in Lake Ontario, a project that will be completed in two phases.
Ontario's green-energy policies and programs are gaining traction in the market.
The $1.4-billion refurbishment of Atlantic Canada's only nuclear reactor is now more than a year behind schedule, with the target date for power to be generated again at Point Lepreau, N.B., delayed until February 2011.
NB Power has estimated that replacement fuel for each day the nuclear reactor is not running costs it $1 million.
The Crown nuclear corporation has had a tough year. Its reactor at Chalk River, Ont., which produces the major part of the world's supply of radioisotopes for nuclear medicine, went offline in mid-May and has suffered three delays in repairs totalling nine months so far.
A former winner of what's known as the alternative Nobel Prize has proposed a radical solution for the cost overruns at Point Lepreau: Stop the bleeding now.
The 18-month, $1.4-billion mid-life refurbishment of Atlantic Canada's only nuclear reactor was supposed to be completed by now. Instead, New Brunswickers learned on the weekend that it will not go back into service until roughly February 2011. The delay may double the $400-million cost of replacement power borne by NB Power, as well as escalate costs paid by Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. by hundreds of millions of dollars.
"The most rational thing for New Brunswick to do would be to say, 'OK, let's freeze the project and compare it to other energy-service options," he said. "What is the electricity needed for and what are the options to generate or to save electricity on the same level?"
Schneider said energy conservation and renewables such as wind and wood biomass could replace Lepreau's electricity, especially if the province invested heavily in a decentralized system of energy sources. Things such as household solar hot water heaters and community biomass and ground-source heat pumps would have enormous potential if instituted on the kind of enormous scale that would be possible if they got public funding on the scale the nuclear industry does, Schneider argued.
He scoffed at the view that Lepreau is important because it is a "base-load" source capable of generating electricity without interruption when it is operating. He said that distinction is becoming more and more outdated as renewables occupy an ever larger place in the generation mix.
An excellent 5 min. video on Ontario's energy choices by Green Party candidate Chris Chopik.
By Paul McKay
A new book by award-winning investigative journalist Paul McKay exposes Canada's continuing role in abetting atomic arms proliferation.
Atomic Accomplice carefully traces the genesis of the CANDU reactor back to the World War Two Manhattan Project, showing that it was initially designed as a prolific plutonium producer and that this technical 'DNA' - which India exploited in 1974 - has been embedded in all CANDU exports to date. A typical CANDU, like those sold to Argentina, South Korea or China, produces about 400 kilograms of plutonium annually for decades. It takes less than 10 kilograms to make an atomic weapon.
The final chapters in the book expose the flaws of nuclear advocates who claim that Canadian reactor and uranium exports are a vital measure to combat catastrophic climate change, and can solve energy and poverty problems in developing countries.
"By continuing to bankroll reactor and uranium exports, Canada is courting calamity in two ways: by increasing the potential for atomic proliferation, and by diverting precious support for safer, more sensible and sustainable energy alternatives."
To purchase a copy, contact:
The U.N. Security Council, at a summit chaired by U.S. President Barack Obama, unanimously approved a resolution on Thursday that envisaged a world without nuclear weapons. The resolution also called for an end to the proliferation of atomic weapons.
Note: The connection between nuclear weapons and nuclear power plants could not be more direct. Nuclear power plants are atomic bomb factories because they produce plutonium and other by-products that are essential ingredients of nuclear bombs. Any country with a nuclear reactor can in theory produce a nuclear weapon. - angela
Spain's top energy official said on Monday the country had enough spare generating capacity to phase out nuclear power stations in the medium term, in line with government policy.
In recent years, Spain has subsidized renewable energy in order to cut its heavy dependence on fuel imports and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It is now the world's third-biggest producer of wind power and the second-biggest of solar.
Nuclear power is unpopular in Spain and both major political parties ruled out building new plants in last year's elections.
NDP Energy Critic Peter Tabuns welcomes the McGuinty government’s announcement of a new Feed-in-Tariff for renewable energy, but says that the success of the program depends on significantly raising targets for wind energy in Ontario - and that means canceling plans to build new nuclear plants once and for all.
“The McGuinty government’s stubborn commitment to new nuclear plants leaves very little space for new wind and solar energy,” said Tabuns. “As long as the government remains committed to its expensive nuclear plan, it will not be able to achieve the full potential of renewable power or fully spark green jobs.”
Tabuns also raised concern about the unexpectedly high set back requirements for wind turbines.
Angela Merkel has been returned as Chancellor of Germany to form a pro-nuclear coalition and give nuclear power a future in the country.
The policy to shut down 17 nuclear reactors by 2022 is now up for revision after Merkel's CDU/CSU took 33.8% of the vote and declared it would form a coalition with the FDP on 14.6%. Together they will have a comfortable majority in the Bundestag.
It took anti-nuclear activists less than a day to collected 25,000 signatures from Germans worried that the newly-elected conservative government will delay closing Germany's 17 nuclear plants, they say.
The letter writers warned that if the government delays the closures, there will be "massive protests" from the anti-nuclear energy movement.
A public lecture tour with DR. HELEN CALDICOTT: Physician, Author, Educator & Activist
Toronto: Tuesday October 13, 12 noon-1:30 pm, The Great Hall, Hart House, U of T, Free
Peterborough: Wed. Oct. 14, 7 p.m., Showplace Performance Centre, $20
Kingston: Thur. Oct. 15, 8 p.m., Etherington Auditorium, Queens U, Free
London: Fri. Oct. 16, 3:30 p.m., Natural Science Centre 1, U of Western ON, Free
As the subject of the 1982 National Film Board of Canada’s Oscar winning documentary “If You Love This Planet”, Dr. Helen Caldicott inspired a generation to work toward nuclear disarmament. She continues her mission with her most recent books “Nuclear Power is Not the Answer” and “War in Heaven.” As the world struggles with the nuclear question, Dr. Caldicott will address the greatest, immediate threat to the planet with passion, vision and clarity. http://www.helencaldicott.com/
The single most articulate and passionate advocate of citizen action to remedy the nuclear and environmental crises, Dr Helen Caldicott, has devoted the last 35 years to an international campaign to educate the public about the medical hazards of the nuclear age and the necessary changes in human behaviour to stop environmental destruction.
Special Thanks to All Organizing Partners: Physicians for Global Survival, Safe And Green Energy, University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine, Canadian Department of Peace Initiative, Greenpeace Ontario, Ontario Clean Air Alliance, Science for Peace, Seriously Time to Stop, Toronto’s Hiroshima Day Coalition, Veterans Against Nuclear Arms, Voice of Women for Peace, Faculty of Information and Media Studies, University of Western Ontario, Community Coalition Against Mining Uranium (CCAMU), Social Justice Committee of the Sisters of Providence, Kawartha Ploughshares
Teach In and Activist Training – Sat. Oct 3, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Rally & Parade – Sun. Oct. 4, noon
Discussion – Mon. Oct. 5, 1 p.m.
For more info: The Coalition for a Clean, Green Saskatchewan, www.cleangreensask.ca
Phone: (306) 373-8078
For those of you who missed the Anti-Uranium Mining Rally at ON Queens Park on Sept. 27, you can watch the speakers’ informative and spirited presentations here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vI-J27M3tb8 –Elizabeth May, Green Party of Canada leader
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNjehJlnTi0 – Shawn-Patrick Stensil, Greenpeace Canada
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIt74qBEvlk – Robert Lovelace, Ardoch Algonquin of Sharbot Lake
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1-YIhMEQv8 – Lorraine Rekmans, Serpent River First Nation
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yZe_VmsfyQ – Susanne Lauten, Cottagers Against Uranium Mining and Exploration
Saturday, October 3 at the Royal Cinema, 608 College Street, Toronto
The Age of Stupid is a documentary-drama-animation hybrid from Director Fanny Armstrong and Producer John Battseck starring Pete Postlethwaite as an old man living in the devastated world of 2055. As he watches “archive” footage from 2008, he asks “Why didn’t we stop climate change when we had the chance?”
“Anything but a good-guys-versus-the-bad guys polemic. It is angry, but nuanced, despairing but strangely motivating.” ~~ New Statesman
For a trailer, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZjsJdokC0s
KAIROS is a co-sponsor of the Canadian screening of this film.