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Harris Tory health cuts legacy tour - what would they cut in Northumberland-Quinte West?

There are 1 comment on the Canada NewsWire story from Oct 9, 2007, titled Harris Tory health cuts legacy tour - what would they cut in Northumberland-Quinte West?. In it, Canada NewsWire reports that:

“They promised more nurses and then they fired them by the thousands. They promised better health care, and then closed the Port Hope hospital. Our communities were devastated by these cuts and Galt's turned their backs”

As John Tory continues his legacy tour of Harris Tory party cuts to health care and touting his scheme to cut $3 billion out of public health care, Health Minister George Smitherman says Northumberland ... via Canada NewsWire

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Frank de Jong GPO Leader

Toronto, Canada

#1 Nov 18, 2007

Nov 3, 2007

Re: Expanding economy needs new nuclear plants, Star, Nov 2, 2007

Building more nuclear power in Ontario is, at best, throwing good money after bad. Nuclear power is hugely expensive, extremely dangerous, requires heavy transmission grids, is prone to breakdowns, and is, in any case, non-renewable as there are only a few decades of high grade uranium remaining on earth at present usage.

Conservation and renewable energy is a far more cost-effective way to keep the lights on in Ontario. The cheapest, safest and most reliable solution to our energy requirements is to reduce demand through efficiency and then supply what we need through distributed renewables like wind, solar, biomass and biogas. With existing technology combined with appropriate financial incentives we can decouple our economy from our energy supply, allowing the economy to expand and our energy demands to shrink at the same time.

The best way to encourage conservation and efficiency is to reflect the true costs of electricity in the price. The true cost of electricity would include the cost of the limited insurance liability granted the nuclear industry, the costs of servicing the stranded debt from past nuclear station construction and repairs, nuclear power station decommissioning costs, the future costs of babysitting nuclear waste for thousands of years, and the related health care costs.

Charging the true costs of nuclear and fossil fuel generated electricity would significantly raise the price of electricity, however, instead of this being an additional tax, the new revenue should be used, dollar for dollar, to reduce income taxes. This way, without government subsidies, consumers and industry would have incentives to conserve electricity and to build as much renewable electricity as is needed.

Frank de Jong, GPO Green Party of Ontario Leader
in Canada

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