Stop Darlington: protect electricity consumers and the environment

Feature story - September 15, 2010
Premier Dalton McGuinty and PC leader Tim Hudak both support spending $36 billion to build new nuclear reactors and rebuild aging reactors at the Darlington nuclear station. New reactors were originally supposed to cost $6 billion. Now, the estimate is $26 billion. In Ontario, nuclear costs always mushroom out of control. That’s why Greenpeace is working to stop Darlington and protect electricity consumers from more nuclear debt on their bills.

 Join the Greenpeace campaign to stop the mistake of spending billions more on the Darlington nuclear site. Help us convince Hudak and McGuinty to invest in safe, affordable green energy.

Ontario ratepayers are still paying off the enormous debts from the past nuclear mistakes of politicians. Every month, there is a nuclear debt charge on electricity bills. In 2009, consumers spent nearly $2 billion to pay down nuclear debt. Consumers will feel the pain on their electricity bills of more nuclear debt from the next round of out-of-control cost increases if McGuinty and Hudak were to go head with their expensive nuclear plans.

Spending on nuclear reactors would also drain funding from more affordable and modern green energy technologies.

Using green energy in place or building new reactors and repairing old ones would protect ratepayers from the inevitable cost over-runs of new reactors and would create thousands of green energy jobs across Ontario. Studies show green energy is more affordable than nuclear.

The goal of our campaign is to convince Premier McGuinty to Stop Darlington and instead build more green energy to protect us from skyrocketing nuclear costs. Take action today!

More information related to the Stop Darlington campaign:

Ontario’s Green Energy Plan 2.0 this study by an alliance of environmental groups shows that a mix of green energy technologies and conservation is cheaper than new reactors at Darlington.

Read Shawn-Patrick Stensil’s opinion piece in the Toronto Star on why electricity consumers need protection from increasing electricity costs.