What you can do to stop $26 billion+ in poor investments. An excellent and very informative document forwarded to us by one of our members, complete with lots of websites and email links to our MPPs. Please read and take action!
Pending Nuclear developments in Ontario – what you can do to stop $26 billion+ in poor investments
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. There is a push on for the province to invest that money on renewable energy instead, moving us toward a 100% renewable energy grid. There are certainly plenty of reasons for this – safety, environmental costs due to waste, mining, construction, etc the huge cost (and VERY likely cost overruns), the 10-15 year timeline to bring online when they say we have an energy crunch now…and of course a grid build around concentrated generation is inefficient. We will be locked in to another generation of a 20th century power grid that will box out decentralized power production, efforts at energy efficiency and legislation supporting increasing renewable energy.
To get the word out there is a campaign distributing leaflets around Ontario – http://www.ontariosgreenfuture.ca/Nukes_Money.pdf
Email (or even better call!) the Ontario Minister of Energy (and Deputy Leader) George Smitherman –email@example.com; 416-972-7683 and CC our MPP Liz Sandals – firstname.lastname@example.org; 519-836-4190
Online Petition – No nuclear subsidies! If you haven’t signed the online petition yet, do it now! http://www.ontariosgreenfuture.ca/petition.php
Council of Canadians Action Alert –http://www.canadians.org/action/2009/19-May-09-2.html
Catch these very entertaining short videos about energy in Ontario. “Clean Coal Clean” and “Good Things Exploding” are especially noteworthy. http://www.globalenviroactiongroup.com/video.html
Some other relevant resources:
The Gospel of Green – http://www.cbc.ca/fifth/2008-2009/the_gospel_of_green/video.html
No need to build new U.S. coal or nuclear plants — FERC chairman –http://tinyurl.com/og5v2a
Reasons Why Nuclear Won’t Get Us Out of This
For a thorough demolition of nuclear power in the context of peak oil and climate change, see Fleming, D.- 2007, The Lean Guide to Nuclear Energy; a life cycle in trouble, The Lean Economy Connection –http://www.theleaneconomyconnection.net/nuclear/Nuclear.pdf