Ontario is now North America’s first jurisdiction to eradicate coal as a source of electricity. The groundbreaking move was celebrated by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and former US Vice President Al Gore. While Ontario’s move to go 100% free from coal, was heralded Thursday afternoon both Gore and Wynne emphasized the need for the rest of the world to follow Ontario’s lead. “If we take action, if we were magically able to do in the world what Ontario is doing today, then half the CO2 would fall out in a single generation,” said Gore.
- Hashtags in use: #coalfreeON #cdnpoli #ONpoli #climatechange
- Despite the lack of effort by Canada’s federal government to clean up its energy act, some provincial leaders are pulling their weight. Since 2003, the provincial government has been phasing out Ontario’s coal until finally reaching the coal-free mark. Meanwhile, the federal government is failing at meeting its’ 2020 emission targets.
- Ten years ago, coal accounted for a quarter of Ontario’s power source now its gone. In 2003, the province’s housed 19 coal-fired units in 6 plants. Producing over 7,500 megawatts of electricity, Ontario hit a record-breaking 53 smog days back in 2005, which was among the leading causes of 660 premature deaths, 920 hospital admissions, 1,090 emergency room visits and 331,000 minor illnesses every year. In 2013, there have only been two reported smog days.
- Ontario will ban coal-fired electricity generation: premier (CTV News)
- Al Gore joins Wynne to end coal-fired power in Ontario (Canoe.ca News)
- It can be done: Ontario to be first jurisdiction in North America to ban coal (Environmental Defense)
Reports, Studies & Useful Links:
- Report: Cost Benefit Analysis: Replacing Ontario’s Coal-Fired Electricity Generation (Ontario Ministry of Energy)
- Backgrounder: Coal and Renewable Energy in Ontario (Environmental Defense)
- Statement: Ontario, Canada goes beyond coal (Sierra Club)
Images, videos and infographics:
- Image: Al Gore (Flickr) http://www.flickr.com/photos/opendemocracy/1550522687/
- Image: Premier Kathleen Wynne (Flickr)
- Graph: Wind power in Ontario (Flickr)
- “Ontario is poised to kick the coal habit forever.” – Tim Gray, Executive Director at Environmental Defence
- “We are proving that it can be done.” – Tim Gray, Executive Director at Environmental Defence
- “We need to act now, not next year, not 6 months from now, we cannot put this off.” – Kathleen Wynne, Ontario Premier
- “As we speak we are being praised as one of the first to break the use of coal despite our federal government being hostile towards climate action.” – Kathleen Wynne, Ontario Premier
- “If we take action, if we were magically able to do in the world what Ontario is doing today, then half the CO2 would fall out in a single generation” – Al Gore, former U.S. Vice-President and Chairman of the Climate Reality Project
- “In 2010 for the first time aggregate investment exceeded for the first time than fossil fuels, the cost for renewable energy is coming down” – Al Gore, former U.S. Vice-President and Chairman of the Climate Reality Project
- MT @latestnewsbot Ontario vows to eliminate coal-powered electricity: http://bit.ly/1bVdXpg
- MT @D_Krainer “As we use more renewable energy, the cheaper it gets. As we consume more fossil fuels, the more oil prices increase” @algore