Novermber 30, 2009
Dalton – Ontario can shine in Copenhagen
Ontario’s coal phase-out is North America’s single largest greenhouse gas reduction initiative. It will be equivalent to taking seven million cars off the road. But there’s no reason to wait till December 2014 to phase out coal. Let’s go to Copenhagen with a message that something can be done about climate change right now!
Today Ontario has virtually no need for dirty coal. According to Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator, Ontario’s coal-free generation capacity is now 23% greater than Ontario’s forecast peak demand for electricity in 2010. [click here for more facts] As a result, Premier McGuinty can achieve a virtually complete coal phase-out now, without jeopardizing our security of supply, by directing Ontario Power Generation (OPG) to put its dirty coal plants on standby reserve. That is, only operate them if, due to an extreme event, they are necessary to keep the lights on.
You can help make it happen:
1. Contact Premier Dalton McGuinty at https://www.premier.gov.on.ca/feedback/feedback.asp?Lang=EN and ask him to direct OPG to put its dirty coal plants on standby reserve today.
2. When your kids ask you what you did about dangerous climate change, tell them you helped take the equivalent of seven million cars off the road. Support the OCAA’s campaign for real climate action by donating to our coal phase-out campaign. With your help, we can push this critically important climate action over the top. Click here to donate now.
Angela Bischoff, Outreach Director
Ontario Clean Air Alliance
402-625 Church St, Toronto M4Y 2G1
Phone: 416-926-1907 ext. 246
Clean Air Alliance
Ontario’s Green Future