September 7, 2010

Let’s beat the heat — and the smog

The good news is that we can keep the lights on and air conditioners humming without coal. Ontario has more than sufficient coal-free replacement power to switch our coal plants to emergency standby and operate them only in a true power emergency.

It’s hot and smoggy again in Southern Ontario, which means there has never been a better time to idle our dirty coal plants and choose cleaner electricity sources. Burning coal produces the building blocks of smog, including dangerous particulate matter that can carry toxins like mercury and lead into our lungs. It is also a big contributor to climate change, which is already delivering more extreme heat.

  1. CoalMustGo.ca to send a letter to Ontario’s political leaders. It will only take one minute of your time. Make your voice heard on this critical health issue.

  2. Order free pamphlets to distribute in your community (sponsored by the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario, Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, and Ontario Clean Air Alliance).They contain postcards to Ontario’s political leaders.

With your help, we can push the coal phase-out over the top this year – the equivalent of taking 7 million cars off the road.

Thank you.

Angela Bischoff, Outreach Director
Ontario Clean Air Alliance
402-625 Church St, Toronto M4Y 2G1
Phone: 416-926-1907 ext. 246
angela@cleanairalliance.org
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