John Tory's coal scheme like a filter on a cigarette



    NANTICOKE, ON, Sept. 13 /CNW/ - John Tory's questionable scheme for coal
plants would still produce dangerous emissions, says Liberal Energy Minister
Dwight Duncan.
    "Putting scrubbers on coal plants is like putting a filter on a
cigarette. It's still dirty and it's still deadly," said Duncan. "John Tory
would allow those dirty emissions to pollute our air indefinitely. We can't
allow that to happen."
    Scrubbers for Ontario coal plants would cost $1.5 Billion, but do nothing
to reduce greenhouse gas emissions or other harmful emissions like mercury
which can cause birth deformations amongst other health hazards.
    Another questionable aspect of John Tory's energy scheme is investing in
so-called sequestration - another unproven technology.
    In fact, Tory is promising to spend billions on a fairy tale that
Saskatchewan has just rejected.
    The Globe and Mail reported last week that Saskatchewan rejected their
project after cost estimates doubled to almost $4 billion.
    "It's clear Tory just hasn't thought this through," said Duncan. "Experts
have told us that carbon sequestration means pumping CO2 into underwater
caves. That would be like turning Lake Erie into Canada Dry."
    Duncan noted John Tory is continuing the rich Conservative history of
pushing dirty coal plants on Ontario. While McGuinty Liberals have reduced our
reliance on coal by one third, Conservatives boosted coal reliance by 127%.
    "Why would anyone want to spend time or taxpayer money on Dickens-era
technology? Coal is dirty, it always will be, and that's why McGuinty Liberals
are dedicated to getting rid of it," Duncan said.




For further information:

For further information: Ben Chin, (416) 961-3800 ext. 412,
ben_chin@ontarioliberal.ca

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