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In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, Quebec gears up to dump millions of tons of greenhouse gas into our air

November 15, 2012
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In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, Quebec gears up to dump millions of tons of greenhouse gas into our air

At the end of this year, Quebec will permanently shut down its only nuclear generator, the CANDU 6 known as Gentilly 2. What will replace G2’s clean electricity? Dirty, carbon-heavy electricity from fossil-fired generators. The reactor has been operating since the early 1980s and has reached what would normally be its mid-life. It could be…

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Greenpeace loves natural gas, and supports LNG exports to South Korea and Japan

April 5, 2012
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The shutdown of Japan’s nuclear fleet because of the casualty-free Fukushima meltdown will produce more scenes like this: That was the Cosmo oil Chiba refinery, east of Tokyo, after it exploded during the March 11, 2011 earthquake. It only took a couple of weeks to put that fire out. Who knows how many people were…

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CANDU back in the game: what now?

July 18, 2011
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After months of excruciating uncertainty, the CANDU situation has been resolved somewhat. As everyone predicted, SNC-Lavalin has agreed to purchase the CANDU reactor part of Atomic Energy Canada Ltd. I won’t go into the ins and outs of the deal. I’ll just focus on what needs to happen now. Assuming the deal is indeed finalized…

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Item 1: if Ontario did not have its nuclear generating fleet, last hour’s CO2 emissions would have been AT LEAST:

6,633 metric tons, and the CIPK would have been 388.1 grams

Item 2: Since prorogation of the Ontario legislature on October 15, 2012, provincial gas-fired generating plants have dumped this much CO2 into our air:

14,332,110 metric tons. This is a running total. Every hour, the total increases by the amount of Gas CO2 given in Table 1.

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