This summer, word spread that Ontario and Quebec were on the cusp of a very big power import deal.
Quebec, as reported in the Quebec media, would sell Ontario power for 6 cents/kWh over the next 20 years. Just over a third of the 16.5 cents/kWh OPG is asking for to rebuild its obsolete nuclear reactors.
It should have been a champagne cork popping moment for the Wynne government, as it struggles to deflect blame for rising hydro prices. With Quebec offering power at a bargain rate, Premier Wynne should have been sending Quebec Premier Couillard the world’s biggest gift basket.
Instead, the Ontario government turned up its nose, bizarrely claiming that Quebec’s offer was too pricey. Opposition Leader Patrick Brown proved to be equally math challenged, claiming that nuclear was the best source of low cost power despite the black and white (and running-in-the-red) evidence to the contrary.
Clearly, all those nuclear happy talk ads on TV and supplements in major newspapers have become the “go-to” source of “information” on nuclear power costs for far too many people. Including our government leaders.
It’s time to push back against the nuclear industry’s fake news.
Now more than ever, we need to continue documenting what a terrible choice it really is to spend billions of dollars on nuclear energy. And we need to make the case for importing Quebec power as a smarter, lower-cost solution. We need your help to do it.
We aren’t the nuclear industry. We don’t have millions of dollars to throw at advertising and lobbying. But we do have one generous friend who has agreed to match the donations you make – up to $1,500. That’s probably what Ontario Power Generation’s ad agency pays to cater its client lunches for a month. But we can stretch those dollars a long way. As a small, highly effective organization, we can slay giants with even modest resources. Just like we slayed coal.
Please make a donation today to support our research and counter the nuclear industry’s fake news. Quebec and Ontario are still talking. They can still make a deal. But the nuclear industry is doing everything it can to add static to the line. We can add clarity, with irrefutable evidence about the costs and risks of nuclear power and the advantages of clean, safe renewable energy. Please click here to support our efforts today, and double your impact thanks to our generous supporter!
Thank you for your support. We couldn’t do this work without you.
– Angela Bischoff, Outreach Director, and Jack Gibbons, Chair