Coal Phase-Out Will Provide 50 to 80% of Ontario’s Kyoto Commitment
February 14, 2005 - Premier McGuinty’s commitment to phase-out Ontario’s coal-fired power plants will provide Ontario with approximately 50 to 80% of the total greenhouse gas emission reductions the entire province needs to meet its Kyoto Protocol target for 2010 according to a report, More Than Hot Air: Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Ontario Power Generation’s Coal-Fired Power Plants, released today by the Ontario Clean Air Alliance.
The report also reveals that in 2002 Ontario’s Nanticoke coal-fired power plant, on Lake Erie, was the No. 1 source of carbon dioxide emissions amongst all of the electric generating stations in North America. Carbon dioxide is the principal greenhouse gas that causes climate change.
Phasing-out Ontario’s dirty coal-fired power plants is the province’s lowest-cost option to obtain a dramatic reduction in air pollution and to help meet its Kyoto target.
Please contact Federal Finance Minister Ralph Goodale, at Goodale.R@parl.gc.ca, and ask him to include, in his February 23rd budget, low-interest loans and tax incentives for energy conservation, renewables and natural gas-fired combined heat and power plants to help Canada achieve compliance with its Kyoto Protocol commitment.
Our report, More Than Hot Air, can be downloaded from our website: www.cleanairalliance.org.
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Ontario Clean Air Alliance
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The Ontario Clean Air Alliance is a coalition of health, environmental and consumer organizations, faith communities, unions, utilities, municipalities and individuals working for cleaner air through strict emission limits and a phase-out of coal in the electricity sector. Our partner organizations represent more than six million Ontarians.
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