One of the best ways to reduce our climate impact is to move our energy systems toward 100% renewable energy. The first step along this road is to ensure that we use the energy we produce as efficiently as possible – the cheapest and often fastest way to reduce emissions. Then we need to take a hard look at the province’s plans to invest tens of billions of dollars in re-building aging nuclear reactors and decide if this really makes sense at a time when both electricity demand and the cost of renewable power are falling. This assessment also needs to examine the costs and risks of storing ever mounting piles of highly radioactive waste and our weak emergency preparedness, particularly when reactors are surrounded by millions of people, such as in the urban communities surrounding the Pickering and Darlington Nuclear stations or pose a threat to the Great Lakes, such as the Bruce plant located on the shores of Lake Huron.
To create a sustainable energy system, we need to:
- Review nuclear refurbishment projects with full disclosure of costs and conditions so an accurate comparison can be made between sticking with nuclear and pursuing other low-carbon pathways.
- Close the dangerously situated Pickering Nuclear Plant in 2018 when its current licence expires.
- Cancel plans for the Deep Geologic Repository for nuclear waste on the shores of Lake Huron.
- Review all natural gas-fired electricity generation contracts when they expire and seek renewable alternatives, including water power imports from Quebec.
- Ensure the new Long Term Energy Plan leads the way toward achieving a 100% renewable electricity supply by 2050.
Information contacts Shawn Patrick-Stensil Greenpeace firstname.lastname@example.org 416-597-8408 x3013
Jack Gibbons Ontario Clean Air Alliance 416-260-2080 x2 email@example.com