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Jack Gibbons, the chairman of the Ontario Clean Air Alliance (OCAA) in a Sept 25th OpEd in the Toronto Sun claimed that “Nuclear Power [is] no solution to climate change.” In fact, Ontario has some of the cleanest and lowest carbon electricity in the world thanks to nuclear power, which provides 65% of our electricity generation.

Indeed, it was the reactivation of six CANDU reactors that provided 90% of the ultra low emissions power needed to phase out coal from our grid. This has been called the greatest greenhouse gas reduction measure in North America. …


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Every jurisdiction is a bit different but in Ontario, where we have one of the lowest carbon grids in the world, we have already installed too much wind. Let me explain.

Ontario nuclear chugs along providing 65% of our electricity with a lifecycle emissions of <12gCO2/kwh (according to a 2014 IPCC analysis). Hydro which is mostly “run of the river” in Ontario (meaning it cannot be stored and used as a battery for renewables) does another 25% at 24gCO2/kwh. …

Chris Keefer

ER doc and med sim specialist. Climate change and anti-pollution activist. Host Decouple and WeCANDUit Podcast. Director Canadians for Nuclear Energy

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