June 1, 2009

McGuinty wants federal taxpayers to subsidize new nukes for Ontario

Recently, the Government of Ontario received the price bids from the three companies that want to build two new nuclear reactors at the Darlington Nuclear Station. According to the Globe and Mail, Energy Minister George Smitherman had “sticker shock” when he saw the prices being quoted.

As a result, the McGuinty Government is now asking the federal government to subsidize the construction of new reactors for Ontario. This doesn’t make sense for a number of reasons.

  • First, if you want to create a culture of conservation, you shouldn’t subsidize the cost of electricity supply.
  • Second, according to a new Ontario Clean Air Alliance report, Powerful Options, Ontario’s electricity needs can be met at a much lower cost with an integrated combination of energy conservation and efficiency, wind power, natural gas-fired combined heat and power and hydro-electric imports from Quebec and Labrador.
  • Third, shifting subsidies from one set of taxpayers to another is just a way of hiding the fact that nuclear is not economically competitive.

Please click here to contact Prime Minister Harper and the leaders of Canada’s other federal parties and tell them that you don’t want your tax dollars used to subsidize new high-cost nuclear reactors for Ontario.

Please pass this message on to your friends.

Thank you for your support.

Jessica Fracassi, Communications & Membership Director
Ontario Clean Air Alliance
402-625 Church St, Toronto M4Y 2G1
Phone: 416-926-1907 ext. 245
Fax: 416-926-1601
Email: jessica@cleanairalliance.org
Website: www.cleanairalliance.org
Website: www.OntariosGreenFuture.ca