Alberta nuking up

According to a report in the Calgary Herald, an Alberta company has filed for a license to build a nuclear reactor.

 


Alberta nuclear future a step closer

Calgary firm files for licence as site selected

The prospect of a nuclear-fuelled Alberta moved closer to reality after a Calgary-based company filed for a licence to build the province’s first reactor.

Energy Alberta Corp. said late Monday it has formally requested permission from the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission to construct a pair of twin-unit Candu reactors about 500 kilometres northwest of Edmonton.

That’s Peace River country where, I believe, some pristine wilderness still exists. I hope Albertans care more for their environment than they do for profits — not that nukes profit anyone except big business — and put an end to this nonsense. It’s simply another way to buy into the military-industrial complex. not to mention what it will do to the environment, the ecological systems, the animals, including those human ones who will work with the uranium.

Here’s the joke:

Energy Alberta Corporation is an Alberta based provider of clean energy. Our mission is to provide clean, emission-free energy, utilizing advanced and proven nuclear technology to supply oil sands operators and the province of Alberta with a reliable flow of electricity at a competitive cost.

Expect as well, from the proponents of these lies, an ecologically racist argument, suggesting that the people of the North will benefit from the jobs created by fueling up on uranium.

Alberta progressives, this is your time to shine.

Some Background Reading:

ICUCEC

Nuclear Policy Research Institute

Wise Uranium

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5 thoughts on “Alberta nuking up

  1. This is in my home stompin’ grounds and I can report that a lot of the local people, mostly farmers who haven’t benefitted from the boom in the same way the oil execs have are pinning their hopes on this project to finally bring the prosperity promised to them. I have no doubt that prosperity will be restricted the fewest possible myself.

    However, as someone who grew up during the final throes of the Cold War, to see far more violence from conventional war after the demise of the Soviet Union, I cannot have a knee-jerk anti-nuclear reaction. (Indeed, I’m convinced that mutually-assured destruction is the only thing that’s proven reliable at preventing conventional war. When it comes to nuclear weapons, more indeed may be better.) As for nuclear energy well, it looks like a really expensive and inefficient solution to a not very significant problem. Albertans have lots of electricity for domestic markets – this plant seems more designed for export, with little benefit to Alberta.

    As for pristine wilderness in the Peace, I’m sorry to report that the pine beetle and the logging companies are quickly eating it. 😦

  2. Farming that far north? Well, that will be the end of that, then, won’t it?

    Seems to me the pine beetle and the logging companies are the price of rampant capitalism and there is still a bigger price to be paid should Albertans adopt nuclear energy. Saskatchewan’s North is a testament to that.

  3. The People of Whitecourt and Woodlands County rejected the Peace River Reactors.

    Peoples nuclear discussion Blue Ridge Hall (01 Aug 2007)
    (40 video segments 1 Hour 15 Minutes)

    clips 1 throught 10

    http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=115425370545406863

    http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=4963315995826173717

    http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=6261735130053118389

    http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=-7543597048017687076

    http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=7893454491758493602

    http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=-436998901839099372

    http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=8472834707005773107

    http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=-1652324788660377561

    http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=-2528604654900308383

    http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=5123617931789001009

    Clips 11 through 20

    http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=1755738299308692929

    http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=2445078907369963621

    http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=6218760569523877179

    http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=2451551552933279018

    http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=6647782867605659876

    http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=6924986802610654045

    http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=443357510331958133

    http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=8504928296862420912

    http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=-946631416420158751

    http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=6502276945846865648

    Clips 21 through 30

    http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=1281464986669777294

    http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=-35068651217646996

    http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=-1575631378512165291

    http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=-8916161019615860212

    http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=-7733307206990491587

    http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=3531590142546255991

    http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=2865706390084753827

    http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=-674511743112102000

    http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=3850290845968523763

    http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=-7530685113522605165

    Clips 31 through 40

    http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=-2846773543704382595

    http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=-5765855452192411480

    http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=-8585664500730622623

    http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=-633514879649732499

    http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=4543713942111008396

    http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=2324436457779109736

    http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=-1183276169529293176

    http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=-807528339652562868

    http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=977154946611095909

    http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=910181908315817986

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