Media Release

Canadian Environmentalists Say: Nuclear Power Is No Solution To Climate Change

Posted on behalf of: Campaign for Nuclear Phaseout, Canadian Environmental Law Association, Concerned Citizens of Renfrew County and Area, David Suzuki Foundation, Ecology North, Greenpeace Canada, Humber Environment Action Group, Inter-Church Uranium Committee Educational Cooperative, Mouvement Vert de la Mauricie, Nuclear Awareness Project, Pembina Institute for Appropriate Development, Science for Peace, and Sierra Club of Canada.

Sep 14 2000

More than a dozen environmental organizations from across Canada have called on Canadian Environment Minister David Anderson, and Foreign Affairs Minister Lloyd Axworthy to stop promoting nuclear power as a solution to climate change. The groups include some of the country's most prominent organizations fighting to promote a sustainable energy future, and to stop the ravages of climate change.

Canadian government officials have been in Lyon, France for the past two weeks with representatives of countries from around the world preparing the final draft text that will be considered in November at the sixth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 6), in The Hague, Netherlands.

One of the most controversial elements of the proposed treaty is whether developed countries will be allowed to claim carbon emission credits for the sale of nuclear reactors abroad. Canada has been an aggressive promoter of nuclear power. Despite massive subsidies, the Canadian government's crown corporation, Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL), has been floundering in its attempts to sell CANDU reactors.

In their statement, the Canadian environmentalists say that "nuclear power would simply substitute other environmental problems for emissions of greenhouse gases" and that "nuclear power will only tighten the chains of debt, dependency and environmental degradation in the developing world."

Endorsing organizations include: Campaign for Nuclear Phaseout, Canadian Environmental Law Association, Concerned Citizens of Renfrew County and Area, David Suzuki Foundation, Ecology North, Greenpeace Canada, Humber Environment Action Group, Inter-Church Uranium Committee Educational Cooperative, Mouvement Vert de la Mauricie, Nuclear Awareness Project, Pembina Institute for Appropriate Development, Science for Peace, and Sierra Club of Canada.

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For more information:

Dave Martin, Research Director, Nuclear Awareness Project -- 905-852-0571
Theresa McClenaghan, CELA Counsel, 416-960-2284