November 26, 2012
The real energy scandal is nuclear
The provincial opposition parties used much of the all-too-brief fall legislature session to hammer the Liberal government on its decision to relocate two gas-fired generating stations at a reported cost of $230 million. But nary a word was said about a much bigger scandal: the government’s full steam ahead pursuit of high-cost nuclear, including giving SNC Lavalin a sole-source $600 million contract just to plan the rebuilding of the Darlington Nuclear Station.
If this project proceeds, the money spent on relocating those two gas plants will look like spare change when compared to the waste involved in the completely unnecessary rebuilding of aging nuclear reactors.
So why aren’t the opposition parties asking some hard questions about this project? It’s not like there is any shortage of cheaper and safer alternatives – from improved energy efficiency and Made-in-Ontario green power to hydro imports from Quebec.
The NDP in particular needs to step up on this issue. It asks for a “business case” for the multi-billion nuclear rebuild project, but hasn’t explained how it will avoid the usual nuclear cost shell game of one price in the window, and a much, much bigger bill once all the cost overruns come home to roost. We think NDP Leader Andrea Horwath needs to clarify why her party – which smartly opposes new nuclear plants on the grounds that they are too expensive and dangerous – would even consider rebuilding Darlington. If you agree, please send Ms. Horwath a message asking her to oppose wasting public money on another bloated and unnecessary nuclear project.
P.S. Please help us distribute our new pamphlet, $35 billion to rebuild the Darlington nuclear station vs. $16 billion for 2.3 million home energy retrofits, across Ontario. Order some here – they’re free and contain postcards to Andrea Horwath.
P.P.S. Please send me an email if you can help distribute pamphlets door-to-door in Toronto from Beaches to High Park.
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