June 16, 2011
Ontario racks up coal-free hours
Ontario has been successfully kicking the coal habit this year. For the first five months of 2011, the province has used no coal fired electricity whatsoever 22% of the time – that’s hundreds of hours when coal plants have not been polluting our air and our atmosphere or pumping out toxins like mercury and lead. This is important progress toward ending the use of dirty coal altogether and further demonstrates that the province faces no shortage of power.
In fact, when we do burn coal, the power is exported to our neighbours in the U.S., where cleaner gas-fired plants often lie idle while dirty – but cheap – coal power from Ontario is used instead. It’s a bad deal all around, which is why we continue to call on the Ontario Government to ban coal-fired electricity exports immediately.
We don’t have to wait until 2014 to stop burning dirty coal. We don’t need to ask Ontarians to endure thousands of unnecessary asthma attacks and other illnesses as a result of coal burning. We can end coal use right now. It’s the right thing to do.
Click here to send a letter now to Environment Minister John Wilkinson and provincial party leaders calling for a ban on coal-fired electricity exports.
And please help us distribute our leaflets Dirty Coal-Fired Electricity Exports are Costing Us the Air We Breathe. They’re free, and contain postcards addressed to our provincial political leaders. Order them here.
Angela Bischoff, Outreach Director
Ontario Clean Air Alliance
160 John Street, Suite 300, Toronto, Ont. M5V 2E5
Phone 416-260-2080 ext. 1
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