Response to: "Travale touts nuclear option for Nanticoke" by Monte Sonnenberg for the October 12, 2007 Simcoe Reformer
"Your Worship", It seems you are fresh out of a political gate! You have just shown your political face in a Conservative riding. I thought your job as mayor was to be a chairperson, not a political activist. Your comments on the front page of the Simcoe Reformer do not relate to the voices of Norfolk and Haldimand. To suggest that Toby should ''start re-assessing" his party and "to get with the program" is not your job, it is the job of the people. Toby Barrett's "program" is one that his constituents put him on. At 61% of the vote in this last election, (2nd. highest return in Ontario) part of Toby's platform was expressed by an 81% desire for the continuance and implementation of clean-coal-technologies for the Nanticoke generation station. Interestingly enough the same can be said for the political upset shown in the Sarnia/Lambton riding, where they had their Liberal cabinet minister voted out over the same issues.
For you Dennis, to state that you are "disappointed that Mr. Barrett did not look at all the options regarding Nanticoke" is ludicrous. Toby hosted and chaired a Energy Symposium on June 19th in Jarvis that all municipal law makers were invited to (It should be known here, that very few from either council showed, and one of the no-shows was Mayor Travale). What Toby has learned by researching and listening to all of the people and options expressed at this symposium and elsewhere, is that new clean-coal technologies are safe for the environment, less expensive than nuclear power, without the risks now, or in the future. For the health of Ontarians, these new clean-coal technologies must be implemented immediately not by 2014. It is important to note that the Conservative platform was not anti-nuke. Toby's focus was taken down the road directed by his constituents.
We have 70 years of uranium vs. 400 years of coal left. Coal gives us time to get our energy act together without leaving a legacy of poison on this planet. Conservation, renewables and coal can do the job. Let's not continue down the road leaving our nuclear waste and the unknown for our future generations. We have the opportunity here, to be on the forefront of this quest for a clean and safe energy future.
The folks of Haldimand and Norfolk must know that a Federal Environmental Assessment that the councils of Haldimand and Norfolk have called for is not as stringent as a Provincial Environmental Assessment. This Federal Environmental Assessment will cost Bruce Power and Federal Government $20,000,000.00. Are we to believe that the Federal Government or Bruce Power would walk away from, or even submit a negative outcome to an Federal Environmental Assessment after this kind of investment? A Federal Environmental Assessment does not allow for the same public input that a Provincial Environmental Assessment does. We have serious seismic issues here that the public must scrutinize completely. All the data has to be questioned and made available for public input. Outside consultation with direction from the public must also take place. Our healthy fishing, tourism and housing industries must ask themselves if they can survive the INNUENDO of even a hint of a nuclear incident or earthquake, let alone the constant fallout of tritium. Does the majority of Haldimand and Norfolk want to live in a nuclear community? Perhaps not.
New technologies are very exciting! Something for us to think about is growing our own fuel. This is not a pipe-dream. Find the October issue of National Geographic. The best bio-fuel technology to date is growing algae at coal-fired generators and using the CO2 to feed the algae which is then turned into bio-gas to run the generators. New technologies are just that, new and evolving. Nuclear power generation technology is old and the negatives to this method of generating power are well known.