Support for McGuinty Government's Progress in Phasing-Out Dirty Coal
By the end of 2011, Ontario will have permanently shut down 10 of its 19 coal units. Here's what people have to say about Ontario's progress in completely eliminating coal-fired generation by 2014:
"Clean energy is a key to combating climate change and smog, and to making our environment and communities healthier."
-- Jim Bradley, Minister of the Environment
"The effects of burning coal have clear consequences on people's respiratory health. By transitioning to a clean energy system and reducing harmful airborne emissions, our government is making Ontarians healthier - today and in the future."
-- Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
"The air pollutants produced by coal burning have a negative impact on human health. By reducing the number of coal-fired units in the province, thereby reducing harmful emissions, it is expected that the incidence of adverse health effects related to coal burning will also be reduced."
-- Dr. Arlene King, Chief Medical Officer of Health
"Ending the use of coal-fired power in the province will benefit the health of all Ontarians, in particular the 2.4 million Ontarians who have serious lung disease. Cleaner air means fewer children will need to go to the emergency room due to an asthma attack and fewer adults will be admitted to hospital due to flare-ups of their chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The Ontario Lung Association applauds the McGuinty Government for ensuring that Ontario becomes a coal-free province."
-- George Habib, President and CEO, Ontario Lung Association
"Ontarians increasingly understand the need for clean air and are committed to taking bold steps to achieve this mandate. The Ontario government has responded. As a national health organization, we are extremely pleased with the unwavering commitment the province has made to ensuring the air we breathe is clean."
-- Dr. Rob Oliphant, President and CEO, Asthma Society of Canada
"Ontario has taken a leadership position on climate change. At the very moment when Ottawa is killing Kyoto, Ontario is poised to be the first jurisdiction in North America to phase-out coal. Ontarians are very proud of this policy and want to see it completed as quickly as possible."
-- Gideon Forman, Executive Director, Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment
"Ontario's doctors have long been concerned about the health effects of air pollution and welcome the initiative to shut down these units at Nanticoke. Coal-fired power plants are a significant source of the smog that results in respiratory and cardiac illness in our patients. The government's commitment to close the coal plants will improve air quality, both locally and across much of southern Ontario. Improving air quality prevents illness and ultimately saves on health care costs associated with that illness."
-- Dr. Stewart Kennedy, President, Ontario Medical Association