CRED-NB member Rick Cheeseman published an article today with the NB Media Coop, “Facts vs fictions about the new nuclear reactors promoted by the PCs and Liberals for New Brunswick.” The article links to a visual presentation about the new nukes. You can read his article and access the presentation from this link. The presentation is also on our Dirty Energy information page.
Our Coalition is supporting calls for a public consultation on radioactive waste in New Brunswick.
Both PC leader Blaine Higgs and Liberal leader Kevin Vickers are promoting new nuclear reactors for New Brunswick during the election campaign.
The province and NB Power already gave $10 million to two nuclear companies from the US and UK to set up in Saint John. Now the PCs and Liberals are planning to give them more.
Here’s some facts that Blaine Higgs and Kevin Vickers are not sharing:
- The new nuclear projects will create fuel with plutonium that can be used to make nuclear weapons, bringing New Brunswick into a dangerous “plutonium economy“
- The waste from the new reactors will be MORE radioactive per kilo than the existing waste at Lepreau. We will have to store it somewhere in New Brunswick, as no nuclear waste storage place exists in Canada.
- Building the new reactor sites will create hundreds of tons of radioactive concrete, radioactive steel and other radioactive materials that cannot be recycled. NB taxpayers will be responsible for the disposal costs.
Also, both Blaine Higgs and Kevin Vickers are ignoring that:
- Nuclear energy is more expensive than renewable energy.
- Investment in nuclear will delay climate action.
- Nuclear projects create fewer jobs than retrofit and renewable energy jobs.
See more information about nuclear energy development on this website.
We need a public consultation on radioactive waste in New Brunswick that will get all the facts on the table. New Brunswickers need all the information so we can make informed decisions about our future.
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CRED-NB formed after a visit to New Brunswick and presentations by Dr. Gordon Edwards, president of the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility. His March 13 presentation in Fredericton was converted to a webinar when COVID-19 restrictions were announced. A video of Dr. Edwards’ presentation was published by the NB Media Co-op and is available on this website. Today we added a new link to a a transcript of his presentation. You can access the video and transcript from the video tab of this website: scroll down to the first video.
CRED-NB sent a letter today to the federal Minister of Natural Resources, Seamus O’Regan, inviting him to hold public consultations in New Brunswick on his new national radioactive waste policy. You can read the letter here.
The original letter signed by CRED-NB and 100 other groups across Canada about the lack of a national radioactive waste policy is here.
CRED-NB published the video of our webinar on solar energy in New Brunswick. The event brought together experts and policy makers on the topic in the province and across Canada. An excellent start to a much-needed ongoing conversation on renewable energy development!
Watch the video from the Video tab on this website.
The Coalition for Responsible Energy Development in New Brunswick hosted a webinar today organized by MJM Solar Solutions.
We gathered solar experts and leaders from New Brunswick to discuss how we can work together to increase NB’s Green Energy. The webinar participants discussed solar installations, job creation, community engagement, technical and real world applications of solar in NB, training, and policy.
Mark McCann (MJM Solar Solutions)
Chris Williamson (Solar Installers Canada)
Greg Macpherson (Senior Financial Advisor Manulife Securities)
Andrew Harvey (MLA for Carleton-Victoria)
Jenica Atwin (MP for Fredericton)
Pascal Giasson (Sustainable energy advisor for Minister Mike Holland)
Moderator: Dennis Atchison
We recorded the event and will post the video next week.
Sam Arnold, member of CRED-NB and the Sustainable Energy Group Carleton County made two videos for the Coalition.
1: Small Modular Nuclear Reactors in NB?
2: Sam Arnold: A Sustainable Future – Powering NB without Small Modular Nuclear Reactors
The Coalition today launched our first campaign to raise awareness of the issues involved in nuclear energy that are unreported by the mainstream media, the Government of New Brunswick, and NB Power: More Nuclear, No Thanks! We have a better idea. Read the media release here.
The link to the campaign website with further information is here.
RAVEN’s environmental action reporter Cortney MacDonnell published a story today featuring a report by MGM Solar Solutions. The report states that NB Power claims to be supplying New Brunswick with over 40 percent renewable energy but a local solar firm says that is not the case. You can read the article here.
Nuclear expert Gordon Edwards teamed up with CRED-NB member Susan O’Donnell from the University of New Brunswick RAVEN project to write a commentary in The Hill Times, a news outlet read by MPs and decision-makers in Ottawa. You can read their commentary here.