Dirty energy

Dirty energy refers to fossil fuels and nuclear reactors that generate materials that are harmful or dangerous when they produce energy.

Nuclear

Nuclear power creates dangerous radioactive waste. Canada currently lacks an adequate national radioactive waste policy, as highlighted in a letter to the Prime Minister signed by 100 groups across Canada, including CRED-NB, available here.

Nuclear energy is generated in New Brunswick at the NB Power Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station. Lepreau is the only nuclear reactor operating outside of Ontario.

New Brunswick is currently planning to develop new nuclear power capacity in the form of next generation nukes (so-called “small modular nuclear reactors – SMNRs). You can read fast facts about next generation nukes here.

A recent article about next generation nukes in New Brunswick by Gordon Edwards, Michel Duguay and Pierre Jasmin provides a good overview of the issues involved, read it here. As part of Gordon Edwards’ visit to New Brunswick in March 2020, the NB Media Co-op recorded and published his webinar, available here.

Opposition to nuclear energy in New Brunswick has a long history, including the period 2007-2013 when the Nuclear-Free New Brunswick campaign was ongoing. The campaign archives are here.

Fossil Fuels

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the United Nations body for assessing the science related to climate change. According to the IPCC, to stabilize the climate and avoid catastrophic extreme weather events, we need to rapidly decrease our use of fossil fuels for energy.

There are seven fossil fuel-burning electrical generating stations in the province. The NB Power Belledune Generating Station is the only plant in the province that runs on coal; coal-burning power plants must be phased out by 2030 to comply with federal regulations. The other fossil fuel plants in the province run on either natural gas or oil.