Community Coalition Against Mining Uranium (CCAMU)
Inquiry on the Impacts of the Uranium Cycle
from Lisa Gue
on behalf of the David Suzuki Foundation
Thank you for the opportunity to present brief comments on behalf of the David Suzuki Foundation, to express our concerns about the environmental impacts of the uranium cycle.|
The David Suzuki Foundation is proud to support the Citizens' Inquiry. We would like to recognize the courage and dedication of the organizers of this inquiry and that of others who cannot be with us here tonight because they have been imprisoned for the crime of defending their traditional lands. This includes Robert Lovelace of the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation and the six leaders from Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI).
These individuals and their communities are victims of speculation - commodity speculation aimed at driving up the price of uranium, and another frenzy of speculation of a new renaissance for the nuclear industry, which has seized on climate change as its latest raison d'etre.
Canada and Ontario has been playing their part in encouraging this speculation. Proposals for new nuclear plants have come from New Brunswick, Alberta, and Ontario.
But it is in Ontario that the discussion of new nuclear plants has been most persistent, and has been promoted with the justification that new nuclear power plants are necessary to "keep the lights on" in the province.
Worldwide, nuclear power can at best make only a marginal contribution to limiting global greenhouse gas emissions, while diverting massive amounts of capital and resources away from much more cost-effective and sustainable energy solutions.
Moreover, the controversy that gave rise to this inquiry has focused attention on the fact that nuclear power itself is damaging to the environment in ways that threaten public