Dam the pollution
July 26, 2005
Re: Gazette, July 24, "Choking in China."
The caption under the photo of vehicles jamming the road in Beijing states that the "normally poor air deteriorates when thousands of coal-burning heating plants and smaller domestic stoves are lit in the winter."
So why would the Chinese government shut down "mammoth dam-building projects," which would provide clean, non-polluting, renewable sources of energy?
Perhaps they are building a gazillion windmills or hoping to harness the tides around their shores to produce much-needed energy for their economy?
President Hu Jintao has abandoned the "approach of developing the economy first and worrying about the environment later."
But hasn't anyone pointed out to him that hydro power would kill these two birds with the same stone?
Canada still trying to sell nuclear reactors to China
July 26, 2005
Contrary to information that appeared in The Gazette (July 15, "China races to expand nuclear power sector"), Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. is very much in the running to sell more CANDU reactors in China.
China has a large economic- growth rate, coupled with a significant demand for electricity, and it is also a large, complex market.
China's strategy for satisfying its electricity needs has included pressurized-water reactors as well other technologies including CANDU.
In the next 15 years, China intends to build at least 30 additional reactors.
AECL remains focused on providing China with additional CANDU technology.
We are continuing to pursue the co-operative development of CANDU technology with China as evidenced by the signing of a memorandum of understanding during Prime Minister Paul Martin's visit this past January.
The memorandum commits both countries to working together on CANDU, as well as forming a strategic partnership agreement with the Shanghai Nuclear Engineering Research and Design Institute.
Director, Corporate Communications
Atomic Energy of Canada Limited