Today, Hamilton City Council unanimously passed a resolution calling on the Government of Ontario to phase-out the province’s gas-fired power plants by 2030.
According to the City of Hamilton resolution, a fossil-free provincial electricity system is critically important for the City to achieve its climate goals in part by replacing fossil fuels with electric vehicles, electric buses and electric heat pumps.
The Hamilton resolution was moved by Councilor Brad Clark and seconded by Councilor Brenda Johnson.
Mr. Clark was a provincial cabinet minister in the Harris and Eves Governments which ordered the phase-out of coal burning at the Lakeview Generating Station in Mississauga and committed Ontario to a complete coal phase-out by 2015.
The Hamilton City Council resolution is in response to Premier Ford’s plan to increase the greenhouse gas pollution from Ontario’s gas-fired power plants by more than 300% by 2025. If this occurs, we will lose 35% of the pollution reduction benefits that we achieved by phasing out our dirty coal-fired power plants.
Last month, the City of Kitchener and the Town of Halton Hills also passed resolutions requesting Premier Ford to phase-out gas-fired electricity generation.
The good news is that Ontario can phase-out its gas-fired power plants and lower its electricity bills with an integrated combination of energy efficiency investments, wind and solar energy and Quebec water power.
What you can do
Please contact Andrea Horwath, Ontario’s Leader of the Opposition and MPP for Hamilton-Centre, and ask her and your MPP to call on Doug Ford to phase-out our gas-fired power plants by 2030.
P.S. A big thank you to Don McLean and Hamilton 350 for leading a very successful campaign in Hamilton to stop Enbridge’s proposed fracked gas pipeline and building public and municipal support for phasing-out Ontario’s gas-fired power plants.