January 25, 2007

Cloudy by-election answers

The Liberal and Progressive Conservative candidates running in the three provincial by-elections (Burlington, Markham and York-South Weston) have all failed to say if they believe that the Government of Ontario should issue a legally binding regulation requiring the phase out of coal-burning at the Nanticoke Generating Station by 2009.  Nanticoke is Canada’s #1 greenhouse gas emitter.  The NDP and Green Party candidates, on the other hand, have all endorsed our call for a 2009 Nanticoke coal phase out. 

Installing ineffective pollution controls that will only reduce Nanticoke’s total emissions by one-half of 1% (and that will not reduce its greenhouse emissions) is a poor way to spend scarce public money.  It also reflects an outdated approach of focusing on pollution control instead of prevention and can lead to further problems, such as increases in greenhouse gas emissions due to reduced plant efficiency.  The only real answer is a complete coal phase out and a shift to smart energy use and generation.

The Liberal and Progressive Conservative candidates in the current by-elections need to hear from you if you think the people of Ontario deserve more than non- or half-answers.  If you live in one of these ridings, please raise the issue of the coal phase out with the candidates.  If you live outside these ridings, please contact Premier Dalton McGuinty, dmcguinty.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org, and Progressive Conservative Leader John Tory, john.tory@pc.ola.org, and tell them you will be looking for better answers during the provincial election in October.

For the full candidate responses to our by-election survey, please see our website at http://www..cleanair.web.ca/whatsnew/byelection07.html.

Please pass this message on to your friends.

Thank you

Jessica Fracassi
Communications & Membership Manager
402-625 Church St, Toronto M4Y 2G1
Phone: 416-926-1907 ext. 245
Fax: 416-926-1601
Email: info@cleanair.web.ca
Website: www.cleanairalliance.org