March 23, 2010

Let’s turn off our dirty coal plants during Earth Hour!

This past Saturday Ontario used its dirty coal plants to produce 610 megawatts (MW) of electricity while 7,394 MW of much cleaner natural gas-fired generating capacity remained idle. This doesn’t make sense.

Ontario no longer needs to use dirty coal to generate electricity. We have more than enough coal-free generation capacity to keep the lights on without burning climate-destroying coal. A gas-fired generating station produces less than half the greenhouse gas emissions of a coal plant, a fraction of the smog builders like sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxides, and no harmful mercury and lead. Renewable sources are, of course, even cleaner.

Millions of people around the world will be turning off their lights during Earth Hour next Saturday, March 27 at 8:30 p.m., to show their political leaders that they want action to stop climate change now.

Please email Premier McGuinty and ask him to send a message of hope to the world by turning off Ontario’s dirty coal plants during Earth Hour (and please send me a copy). Remind Premier McGuinty that he got elected in 2003 on a promise to permanently turn off our dirty coal plants by 2007.

Please pass this message on to your friends.

Thanks for your help.

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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