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Cheques to OCAA, Not Blank Cheques to OPG

Ontario Clean Air Alliance: Jack Gibbons, Angela Bischoff - October 20, 2010

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is seeking permission from Premier McGuinty to re-build its aging Darlington Nuclear Station and pass 100% of its inevitable cost overruns on to electricity consumers and taxpayers – that means YOU.

No more blank cheques to the nuclear industry! There are many cleaner and more affordable ways to meet our energy needs. With your financial support, we can say farewell to new nuclear projects in this province.

OPG is hoping to raise your electricity rates in March 2011 to start paying for its Darlington Re-Build project. We’re planning to launch an effective public education and outreach campaign to persuade Premier McGuinty to stop giving Ontario Power Generation blank cheques.

But we need your financial support to run a winning campaign. Please donate $50, $100 or $250 today and help us prevent another electricity boondoggle.

You know we’re up for the job. With your support, the Ontario Clean Air Alliance (OCAA) led the campaign for a complete coal phase out, the largest single greenhouse gas reduction initiative in North America. And last year we blazed the trail for an all-in fixed price contract for the construction of two new nuclear reactors in Ontario. The result was an honest price bid from Atomic Energy of Canada which gave Premier McGuinty “sticker shock” and lead to the suspension of the nuclear new build procurement process.

Now OPG wants to refurbish Darlington. According to our best estimates, OPG’s cost overruns will be $13 to $21 billion.

You can help change history by supporting our campaign to end the practice of hiding the true cost of nuclear power. Support a responsible approach to energy development with a secure online donation today! Alternatively, you can pay OPG later through dramatically higher electricity bills! J

To sweeten the deal, every donation to OCAA will receive either a copy of Atomic Accomplice, a meticulously researched book about the Canadian nuclear industry, or a copy of Jazz Grows Green, a delightful, light jazz music CD – your choice!