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Nuclear in Ontario

Nuclear in Ontario

Public consultations opportunity to support nuclear energy for Ontario, says Greenpeace co-founder

TORONTO, Feb. 13 /CNW/ – Greenpeace co-founder Dr. Patrick Moore said
public consultations this week on Ontario’s energy supply are an opportunity
to communicate the vital importance of nuclear energy to the province’s
future.
“Nuclear energy is the only non-greenhouse-gas-emitting power source that
can effectively replace fossil fuels while helping to alleviate the massive
shortfall of 24,000 megawatts in Ontario’s energy supply expected by 2025,”
said Moore, Chairman and Chief Scientist of Greenspirit Strategies Ltd
(www.greenspiritstrategies.com).
“Greenspirit Strategies Senior Vice President Trevor Figueiredo will be
attending the consultations on my behalf to emphasize the importance of
nuclear power to Ontario’s energy future,” said Moore.
“The Ontario Power Authority expects by 2025 a shortfall of
24,000 megawatts resulting from increasing demand combined with the scheduled
retirements of pollution-prone, greenhouse-gas emitting coal-fired power
plants by 2009 and the loss of most of Ontario’s existing nuclear facilities
as these plants reach the end of their design life,” said Moore.
“That shortfall of 24,000 megawatts is equivalent to 80 per cent of
Ontario’s existing capacity,” said Moore.
“We strongly support cost-effective renewables such as wind, hydro and
geothermal, but there is no practical way renewables alone will be able to
alleviate the expected shortfall,” said Moore.
“It is simply not realistic – as the anti-nuclear energy activists argue -
to replace existing nuclear and coal-fired plants, which currently make up
68 per cent of Ontario’s electricity production, with renewables,” said Moore.
“The only way to alleviate this shortfall is by building new nuclear
facilities, and since these plants take 10 years to build, we must start
planning for them now,” said Moore.
“Nuclear power is an extremely safe, clean and reliable form of energy,”
said Moore.
“There has never been a serious accident at any Canadian nuclear facility
since the establishment of the industry over 40 years ago,” said Moore.
Public consultations are scheduled for cities across Ontario on
February 13th, 15th and 17th.

For further information: Trevor Figueiredo, Senior Vice President,
Greenspirit Strategies Ltd. will be attending consultation sessions in Toronto
(Feb 13th), Oshawa (Feb 15th) and Kitchener-Waterloo (Feb 17th). He can be
reached by cell phone: (604) 726-5774

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