On Friday August 24th the McGuinty Government issued a legally binding regulation requiring the complete phase out of Ontario’s four remaining coal-fired power plants by December 31, 2014. This is the most important action ever taken by the Province of Ontario to reduce air pollution and fight dangerous climate change. This victory is due to thousands of Ontarians working together to save lives and protect our planet — so give yourself a big pat on the back.
But we can’t rest, because, unfortunately, the new regulation will do absolutely nothing to reduce the output and emissions of our dirty coal-fired power plants over the next seven years. Advancing the coal phase out date from 2014 to 2010 would offer the following tremendous benefits:
1. It would provide Ontario with 50 to 80% of the total greenhouse gas emission reductions the entire province needs to achieve compliance with its Kyoto Protocol target in 2010.
2. It would save more than 3,000 lives in Ontario alone.
3. It would prevent up to 1.6 million asthma attacks.
We have asked Ontario’s major political parties (Liberals, PCs, NDP, Greens) when they would phase out our dirty coal plants; and if they would ban non-emergency coal-fired electricity exports to the United States. We have printed 200,000 pamphlets that provide their responses to these questions.
We need to keep an early coal phase-out deadline on the front burner during the provincial election. Please help us distribute these pamphlets so that voters concerned about climate change and smog can make an informed decision on October 10th.
To view and order these pamphlets, please visit www.cleanairalliance.org.
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Communications & Membership Manager
402-625 Church St, Toronto M4Y 2G1
Phone: 416-926-1907 ext. 245