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Nuclear Power Policy Activist, Independent

I am a passionate advocate for the environment and nuclear energy. With the threat of climate change, I’ve embarked on a mission to help overcome the fears of nuclear energy. I’ve been active in...

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"In most developed nations, enthusiasm for expanding nuclear power is limited or nonexistent. One exception: Canada.

It is counting on nuclear power to be part of its clean-energy mix, which will play a prominent role in sharply reducing carbon emissions. On a per-capita basis, Canada’s carbon emissions are in line with the U.S. and greater than in Russia, China and India.

“We don’t see a path where we reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 without nuclear,” said Seamus O’Regan, Canada’s natural-resources minister. 'It is proven, it is tested and it is safe. We are good at it.'

Canada ranks sixth among countries in terms of nuclear-power generation, according to the Washington, D.C.-based Nuclear Energy Institute. Electricity produced from 19 nuclear reactors accounts for 15% of the country’s energy supply. In Ontario, an economic engine that is bigger in area than the state of Texas, nuclear power is the top source of electricity, at 60%."

Terrestrial Energy's IMSR and small modular reactors from other Canadian firms will soon be forcing coal companies into bankruptcy.  As internal combustion vehicles are replaced by EVs powered by clean nuclear electricity, oil & gas companies will follow.

Then Canadians can begin undoing the damage they left behind.

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Joe Deely on Aug 31, 2021

Bob - I am a bit confused.  In a separate thread talking about nuclear plants retiring you said:

"Exactly, Joe. Most have been shut down prematurely, because rabid anti-nuclear activists have let their irrational fear obscure common sense."

Here this article says that Canadians are supportive of nuclear - even enthusiastic.

Can I assume that means Canadians are not rabid anti-nuclear activists?

If this is the case, then why are the eight reactors at Pickering shutting down in 2024? None of them will have reached their 80-100 year lifetimes...

In 2017, OPG submitted an application for a 10-year renewal of the Pickering NGS power reactor operating licence, which expires on August 31, 2018. As OPG intends to cease commercial operation of the Pickering NGS on December 31, 2024, the proposed licence period would cover three phases of operational activities: continued commercial operation until December 31, 2024; a stabilization phase (post-shutdown defuelling and dewatering) lasting approximately two to three years; and the beginning of safe storage for six reactor units. The safe storage phase marks the beginning of station decommissioning.

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