No Nukes News: Windows of Opportunity

Angela Bischoff-OCAA angela at
Wed Jul 23 14:41:26 EDT 2014


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July 23, 2014 –  Please pass this onto a friend!


☢ Ontario should import low-cost hydroelectric power from Quebec <>  Replacing nuclear power with renewable hydroelectric power from Quebec could save Ontario $600 million a year. T.O. Star op ed

☢ Quebec premier says province ready to sell power to U.S. <>  The premier said, however, that Quebec representatives will not meddle in the debate over the construction of new transmission lines, which are strongly opposed, particularly in New Hampshire. But the transmission lines are already built between QC and ON – and there’s no opposition; on the contrary, water power imports from QC consistently show high support in ON polls. 

☢ US Transmission projects aim to tap Canadian hydroelectricity <>  Across the Canadian border, massive dams generate a seeminglyendless supply of hydroelectricity — a source of power that could help New England replace its closing coal and nuclear plants while cutting greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. But there’s a big problem: getting it here.

☢ Windows of Opportunity <>  It was a David and Goliath story—a 17 year struggle for environmentalists, doctors and a broad-based community coalition to close all coal-powered energy plants and get coal out of Ontario. This is how they did it.


The World

☢  <> Worried about water, Cameco puts Cigar Lake mining on hold Uranium miner Cameco has stopped digging at its Cigar Lake mine in northern Saskatchewan due to concerns about water and weak rock formations.

☢  <> Fukushima: Bad and Getting Worse Global Physicians Issue Scathing Critique of UN Report on Fukushima

☢  <> Canada's Fukushima: Could a tsunami cause a nuclear disaster in New Brunswick? The odds might be against a Maritimes quake-triggered giant wave, but it has happened in the past. Here’s more  <> background info.

☢  <> Northern band says 'no' to nuclear waste Brandishing a feather in her hand, Eileen Linklater announced her native band, Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation, is against bringing radioactive waste to the Flin Flon region. "All you think about is money here. Money. But after that money is gone, what's going to happen?" 


Renewables and Conservation

☼  <> The Storage Necessity Myth: How to Choreograph High-Renewable Electricity Systems In this 4 min. video, Amory Lovins shares how solar is now growing faster than cellphones, and debunks the myth that for a reliable electricity supply, baseload power or bulk storage is needed to counteract high percentages of electricity from renewables.

☼  <> How Opposite Energy Policies Turned The Fukushima Disaster Into A Loss For Japan And A Win For Germany Japan has nine times Germany’s renewable energy resources. Yet Japan makes about nine times less of its electricity from renewables (excluding hydropower) than Germany does. By Amory Lovins.

☼  <> The International Energy Efficiency Scorecard ranks the world's largest economies on their energy efficiency policies and programs. Canada is #9. The good news is that energy efficiency creates significantly more jobs per dollar spent than any form of primary energy generation. So in this time when 1.3 million Canadians are unemployed and another 950,000 are underemployed, a major push on energy efficiency would create jobs and insulate home owners and businesses from the inevitable rise in energy prices.

☼  <> Amory Lovins - Reinventing Fire  Must watch! 60 min. video of energy guru Amory Lovins speaking in Vancouver in March. He maps out pathways for a strong global economy without the need for oil, coal, or nuclear energy. (Get's especially interesting IMHO around 35 min.)


Take Action!
☢  <> Click here to send a message to Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli to let him know that you are opposed to higher fixed charges. Tell him you want to be rewarded, not penalized, for saving energy. Find out more  <> here.

☢  <> Stop OPG's 30% price increase With a few clicks you can let all the ON Party Leaders know that you oppose OPG’s 30% nuclear price increase and that you favour lower-cost and greener options to meeting our electricity needs. Learn more  <> here, sign  <> here, order free leaflets  <> here.

☢  <> Quebec imports can save us $1 billion per year As our  <> new pamphlet explains, importing clean hydro power from Quebec is a much cheaper way to meet our electricity needs than re-building the Darlington Nuclear Plant.  <> Order free copies today to distribute to your neighbours, family and friends.

☢  <> Premier Kathleen Wynne : Close the Pickering Nuclear Station Please sign the petition.

☢  <> Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump Please sign the petition to oppose OPG’s plans to bury their nuclear waste on the shore of Lake Huron. And urge your elected officials to pass a resolution to oppose the nuclear dump on the Great Lake Huron. There are already 60+ jurisdictions that have done so! See the  <> list here.

☢  <> International appeal in solidarity with Russian anti-nuke group EcoDefense declared “foreign-agent” Please sign the petition



☢  <> Quietly Into Disaster Free film screening and discussion with guest speaker Angela Bischoff, OCAA. Tues. Aug. 12, 7 p.m. 2nd Floor - Council Chamber, Swansea Town Hall, Toronto. This documentary deals with facts and topics concerning nuclear power: damages done to health and environment, nuclear waste and politics, renewable energies, reactor safety, the serious implications of a nuclear accident and public resistance.
☢  <> Peoples Social Forum Aug. 21 – 24, Ottawa. A grassroots, historical gathering of progressives from Québec, Canada and First Nations.


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