Tell Premier Doug Ford and Energy Minister Todd Smith to stop expanding gas generation
Since phasing out the use of highly polluting coal, Ontario prides itself on having a mostly clean electricity supply. But, Ontario’s electricity supply is about to get a lot dirtier.
Ontario has its foot on the gas and is actively working to massively ramp up the use of “natural” gas – a fossil fuel – to generate electricity. Gas power creates greenhouse gas emissions which are bad for the climate and nitrogen oxides which are harmful to human health. Gas is also mostly methane – a potent greenhouse gas that is driving climate change.
WHERE GAS PLANTS COULD BE BUILT
Southern Ontario has been identified as a target area for new gas projects. And existing gas plants are prime candidates for expansions. So we’re likely to see (and have already seen) gas expansion proposals pop up in places with gas plants, including: Windsor, Sarnia, St. Clair, Brampton, Halton Hills, King, Greater Napanee, Cardinal, and the Ottawa area.
In the Greater Toronto Area, the gas plants in Brampton, Halton Hills and Toronto are already among the region’s biggest polluters. Adding more gas generation will make these facilities a lot more polluting.
Ontario needs to phase out, not ramp up the use of fossil gas to generate electricity.
The good news is that it's possible. To transition to a clean energy grid, the province must invest in solutions like solar and wind, along with battery storage which allows the energy to be used when needed.
At a time when we need to urgently reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Ontario is planning to increase them by using a lot more polluting fossil gas to generate electricity.
JOIN THE COMMUNITY
The good news is that we can stop these gas plants at the local level. New gas projects require municipal council support and councilors listen to their constituents. That means that your voice matters.
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