March 1, 2007

Dirty power exports take the shine off emission reductions

The McGuinty government is touting reduced emissions from Ontario’s coal-fired power plants as a sign of progress toward its commitment of closing these plants.  While any reduction in the enormous smog and climate change emissions from dirty coal plants is good news, we can?t help but wonder why Ontario Power Generation (OPG) exported 21% of its dirty coal-fired electricity generation in 2006.  And why the government is accepting the Ontario Power Authority’s (OPA’s) proposal that OPG should export 93% of its dirty coal-fired electricity generation in 2010 – one year after the government’s former coal phase-out deadline.

If Ontario is truly serious about reducing and eventually eliminating the use of dirty coal, a logical first step would be to immediately end all non-emergency coal-fired electricity exports to the United States.  That means the government needs to show leadership in addressing market rules and other policies that have led to the strange practice of a province that claims it needs to keep burning coal to keep the lights on actually burning coal to produce power for export.  It also means the government needs to get the OPA focused on achieving a full coal phase out as soon as possible rather than using coal to produce export power or to backstop unreliable nuclear power plants.

Please write to Premier Dalton McGuinty and ask him to place a moratorium on non-emergency coal-fired electricity exports to the United States.  You can contact the Premier at:
Email: dmcguinty.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org
Mail: Queen?s Park, Room 281, Toronto, ON M7A 1A4
Fax: 416-325-3745
Web feedback form: https://www.premier.gov.on.ca/feedback/feedback.asp

 

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