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McGuinty wants federal taxpayers to subsidize new nukes for Ontario.

Click here to contact Prime Minister Harper and the leaders of Canada’s other federal parties and tell them that you don’t want your tax dollars used to subsidize new high-cost nuclear reactors for Ontario.

Expansion of East-West Grid Can Replace Aging Nukes
Hydro-electricity imports from Quebec and the development of the Lower Churchill Falls Project in Labrador can replace Ontario’s aging nuclear reactors according to a report released by the Ontario Clean Air Alliance (OCAA) today.

“Water power from Quebec and Labrador are Ontario’s lowest cost supply options for additional renewable electricity. The cost of water power from Quebec and Labrador would be at least 40% lower than the cost of building new nuclear reactors at the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station east of Oshawa”, said Jack Gibbons, Chair of the OCAA.

Instead of seizing this option to move Ontario towards a 100% renewable electricity grid, Premier Dalton McGuinty is asking Prime Minister Harper to subsidize Atomic Energy of Canada’s costs of building two new nuclear reactors in Ontario. “Canadian taxpayers in Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Montreal and St. John’s should not be required to subsidize Ontario’s bloated electricity consumption and high-cost and unreliable CANDU nuclear reactors”, said Mr. Gibbons.

“Prime Minister Harper should protect all Canadian taxpayers by saying ‘no’ to Premier McGuinty’s plea for another nuclear bailout”, Mr. Gibbons added.

The Ontario Clean Air Alliance Research Inc.’s report, Powerful Options: A review of Ontario’s options for replacing aging nuclear plants, can be downloaded from here:

There has Never Been a Better Time Not To Buy a Reactor

Groups ask McGuinty to delay buying new reactor and instead replace aging reactors with green power

Toronto, June 2, 2009 – Conditions have changed and the McGuinty government should support its own Green Energy Act by deciding against buying new nuclear reactors this summer, say twelve prominent environmental organizations in an open letter to the Premier.

The groups say there has never been a better time not to buy a nuclear reactor, and they urge the Premier to forgo spending billions on new nuclear and instead put his Green Energy Act to work by replacing the aging Pickering B nuclear station with green energy.

Renewable is doable

Take our power -- please!

Province heavily discounting surplus hydro to businesses and Ontario's neighbours

There has been a dramatic increase in the number of times Ontario has been forced to dump its surplus electricity at a loss to American and other big consumers.

Since the beginning of the year, there have been 232 instances where the province has had to pay business customers and neighbouring jurisdictions like New York State to take the power, the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) told the Toronto Sun.

Jack Gibbons, of Ontario Clean Air Alliance, said the fact the IESO has to pay Americans and large industrial users to take power is evidence that the province has too much nuclear base load capacity, yet Energy Minister George Smitherman is poised to sign new contracts for two nuclear reactors.

U.K. Expert: U.S. is Not Losing International 'Race' on Nuclear Power With France and Other Nations

Lobbyists and utility company officials who claim that the United States is missing out on a so-called "Nuclear Renaissance" have their facts wrong about what is going on in Europe with nuclear reactors, according to University of Greenwich Professor of Energy Studies Stephen Thomas.

Canada 'very close' to inking nuclear deal with India: Day

Canada is poised to sign a deal with India to sell nuclear technology and materials to the energy-starved South Asian juggernaut, International Trade Minister Stockwell Day said Wednesday.

The pact will open up the lucrative Indian market to Canadian nuclear exports for the first time in more than three decades.

The international community lifted a three-decade ban on nuclear trade with India last September - even though India still refuses to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

AECL's future hinges on a successful bid to build two nuclear reactors in Ontario and continued sales and maintenance work abroad.

Toxic link: the WHO and the IAEA

The Guardian (London)

A 50-year-old agreement with the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) has effectively gagged the WHO (UN World Health Organization) from telling the truth about the health risks of radiation.

British Farmers Still Restricted by Chernobyl Fallout

The British government has admitted that nearly 370 farms in the country are still restricted in the way they use land and rear sheep because of radioactive fallout from the Chernobyl nuclear power station accident 23 years ago.

Dr David Lowry, a member of Nuclear Waste Advisory Associates, said the figures demonstrated the “unforgiving hazards” of radioactivity dispersed into the environment, whether from Chernobyl in Ukraine, thousands of miles away, or over decades from the Faslane nuclear submarine base in Scotland.

TAP – Tritium Awareness Project

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.

The schoolhouse from Chernobyl

a very short story


It is expected that some time this June, Energy Minister George Smitherman may sign a contract for up to 3500 megawatts of nuclear energy to be built at Darlington, which according to Moody’s Investor Services will cost taxpayers about $26 billion. This price does not include waste disposal, plant decommissioning, insurance, security, health risks, impacts of mining, etc.

We are doing everything we can to reach Smitherman’s constituents in the hopes that we can convince the Minister that signing this blank cheque will be bad for his political career. Does he really want to be remembered as the Minister that lead us down the nuclear sinkhole?

Can you help us distribute leaflets? you’ve never done a leaflet blitz before, they’re fun. People appreciate the valuable info that we share with them as most people are anti-nuke.

Invited speaker:

MPP George Smitherman

Hosted by: Residents for Green Energy

For more info: 416 604 5783,

Wind Power Installations Up 29 Percent in 2008

Global wind capacity increased an estimated 27,051 megawatts in 2008, with cumulative installations up almost 29 percent. The United States led in new installations, surpassing Germany to rank first in cumulative capacity and electricity generation from wind.

This new report provides data since 1980 on global and national cumulative capacity in the top wind-producing countries and sheds light on key financial trends in the sector.

Why Ontario needs a 21st Century vision for energy

In spite of Ontario’s new Green Energy Act, the McGuinty government plans to spend almost $30 billion to refurbish and expand its nuclear plants. In my opinion, this, too, reveals a 20th Century mentality that will not only affect the health and safety of Ontarians, but also waste their hard earned dollars and what little time we have left to fight Global Warming.

In spite of the denials of some, humanity sits at a crucial crossroads. We can either embrace the new or cling to the obsolete. Those who want to spend billions of dollars on nuclear, coal, and even gas -- the Non-Renewable Three -- are looking backward to ways they know and have become dependent on, rather than stretching their minds to what should lie ahead.

Obama Proposes End to Oil, Gas, Nuclear Industry Tax Breaks

President Barack Obama wants to end $26 billion in oil and gas industry tax breaks, calling them 'unjustifiable loopholes' in the tax system that other companies do not get. Obama's proposed fiscal 2010 budget, details of which were released Thursday, also more clearly spells out his intention to shut down a proposed nuclear waste dump at Yucca Mountain in Nevada and calls for ending a government subsidy that helps utilities license and plan for new nuclear power plants.

Darlington nuclear plan draws criticism

Opponents of the construction of new nuclear reactors at Darlington unfurled a banner and handed out pamphlets at an Ontario Power Generation (OPG) information session in Peterborough yesterday.

Ontario Power Generation states it doesn't have a cost estimate for the new nuclear reactors for Darlington .

The environmental assessment is only looking at the reactors, not the environmental impacts of uranium mining, producing the reactor fuel and disposing of the reactor fuel waste, said John Etches, with Safe and Green Energy Peterborough.

"This is an absolute sham," he said. "They are not fully looking at other socially responsible ways to produce energy for the province. That is so outrageous because alternatives are known.

"It's an irresponsible expenditure of public funds to go down the nuclear road again."

The Downside Of Nuclear Energy

For the sake of long-term, sustainable growth - nuclear offers little more than high-priced energy, a wealth of environmental headaches, and fat campaign contributions in Washington.

And it sure as hell won't help consumers with electricity costs either.

Another Warning for Ontario

Another warning today from across the pond that the Ontario government should dump its plans to buy a new prototype reactor. A leaked memo from the Finnish nuclear regulator reveals that it may halt the construction of AREVA’s prototype EPR reactor because of a lack progress in the design of reactors electronic safety control systems.

This is the latest in a long line of scandals that have plagued the Olkiluoto 3 project, which was supposed to be the flagship of the so-called nuclear renaissance. Despite the nuclear lobby’s promise that new reactors would be on-time and on-budget, Olkiluoto 3 is now three years behind schedule and 50% over budget.

We can expect the same in Ontario where the McGuinty government is considering buying one of three unproven reactor designs - AREVA’s EPR design, AECL’s Advanced Candu and Westinghouse’s AP-1000. None of these reactors have operating prototypes anywhere in the world, so buying any of them is a huge gamble.

Green Job Creation - Canadian Labour Congress

It has been calculated that it takes 100 workers in a nuclear plant or 116 workers in a coal-fired plant to generate 1,000 gigawatt-hours of electricity per year. Yet, 248 would be employed in a solar thermal facility or 542 in a wind farm to generate the same amount of electricity.

Now province pays to give away electricity

Toronto Star, April 21 - Seasonal surpluses and nuclear inflexibility seen undercutting incentive for renewable sources

Just a few years ago we were worried about having enough power to keep Ontario running. These days, we're paying people to take it.

No need to build new U.S. nuclear plants -- FERC chairman

No new nuclear may ever be needed in the United States, the chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said today.

"We may not need any, ever," Jon Wellinghoff told reporters at a U.S. Energy Association forum.

Wellinghoff said renewables like wind, solar and biomass will provide enough energy to meet baseload capacity and future energy demands. Nuclear plants are too expensive, he added.

He added, "People talk about, 'Oh, we need baseload.' It's like people saying we need more computing power, we need mainframes. We don't need mainframes, we have distributed computing."

The technology for renewable energies has come far enough to allow his vision to move forward, he said. For instance, there are systems now available for concentrated solar plants that can provide 15 hours of storage.

Wellinghoff's statement -- if it reflects Obama administration policy -- would be a huge blow to the U.S. nuclear power industry, which has been hoping for a nuclear "renaissance" based on the capacity of nuclear reactors to generate power without greenhouse gas emissions.

Bad Reactors - Rethinking your opposition to nuclear power?

Rethink again.

"The numbers have simply gone flying past our highest 2007 estimates," says Jim Hempstead, a senior vice president at Moody’s, which now predicts new nuclear power plants will cost $7,500 per kilowatt to build. That’s more than double the capital costs for solar power and three and a half times the cost for wind.

The Gospel of Green

As the world confronts the reality of global warming and the inevitable end of oil, the questions of what to do and how to sustain energy without oil or fossil fuels becomes more urgent. Bob McKeown and a fifth estate team travel to Germany to meet Hermannn Scheer, called "Europe's Al Gore," a parliamentarian who is leading the way to increase Germany's reliance on renewable energy sources such as wind power and solar power. To date, 15% of Germany's energy comes from renewable sources. Scheer estimates that if Germany continues on this course, by 2030 that will be 100%. So, if one of the world major industrialized nations can achieve this, why can't a country like Canada? The answer may lie in the fifth estate's investigation of the influence, in this country, of conventional energy industry on politicians.

Counting the Costs - A Four-Part Radio Series

The audio podcasts described below are all posted at:

Three Mile Island - Part One (about 1 hour)

Three Mile Island - Part Two (about 1 hour)

From Chalk River to Chernobyl (about 1 hour)

From Darlington to Decommissioning (about 1 hour)

Chernobyl Could Happen Here

A catastrophe like Chernobyl could happen here. It's the radioactive core of the second biggest lie in US industrial history.

The atomic pushers say such a disaster is “impossible” at a US reactor. But Chernobyl's explosion spewed radiation all over the world. And Sunday’s tragic 23rd anniversary reminds us that any reactor on this planet can kill innumerable people anywhere, at any time, by terror, error and more.

It further clarifies why yet another grab at billions of taxpayer dollars for new reactor construction must be stopped NOW!

Help us get the word out!

As you all know, the province is expected to sign a contract sometime in June for 2 new nuclear reactors to be built at Darlington at a cost of $26 billion. We think they should invest that money on renewable energy instead, moving us toward a 100% renewable energy grid.

To get the word out we’re distributing leaflets Ontario. To date we’ve distributed 90,000, if you can believe it. With your help we’ll distribute many thousands more. Can you help? It’s simple, fun and empowering to engage people in this issue. 9 out of 10 people we talk to are anti-nuke, I kid you not. They just don’t know the gov’t is planning new nuke builds. Let’s tell ‘em!

Please pick a shift or 2 and let me know which one/s you’ll show up for (so that I can let you know if things change unexpectedly):

- Hot Docs (documentary film festival) is happening April 30 – May 10. If you go to any of the 150 films, please leaflet the lineups. People are just standing around, and you can give out 100 leaflets and talk to as many people in 15 minutes. Let me know which lineups you plan to leaflet. Here are some recommended enviro and activist films:

- Blitzing residences: We’re now doing apartment blitzing. If you can help, let me know. We’ll plan a blitz that works for you.

Online Petition – No nuclear subsidies!

If you haven’t signed the online petition yet, do it now!

Angela Bischoff: Ontario Clean Air Alliance

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