A Call-Out from the Ontario Clean Air Alliance
Posted April 13th, 2017 on Niagara At Large
(A Brief Foreword from Niagara At Large publisher Doug Draper – As an environment writer, I have followed the work of the Ontario Clean Air Alliance for years and have no problem running this piece which includes an appeal for financial donations to continue their efforts to protect air quality and promote greener alternatives to carbon and nuclear-based sources of energy – even more so since this citizens organization often finds itself fighting interests with countless millions of lobby dollars at their disposal.
Whether you can or wish to give a financial donation is entirely your call, and if you can’t give money but want to help anyway, you can certainly do that by following the group’s efforts and supporting them from time to time, with calls to your provincial and federal members of parliament, or your congress and senate members across the border.)
Now here is the Ontario Clean Air Allaiance’s message –
Saturday marks the 3rd anniversary of a coal-free Ontario. Take a deep breath and enjoy.
It took 17 years of relentless pressure from the Ontario Clean Air Alliance and its allies to achieve the coal phase out.
When we started our campaign to phase out coal in 1997, few thought it was possible for Ontario to go coal-free. But within only a few years, a broad consensus had developed that dirty coal had to go (read the full history of this historic campaign here).
One of the often overlooked aspects of coal use in Ontario is how the province came to be so reliant on dirty coal to keep the lights on.
The emergency shutdown of seven nuclear reactors in 1998 led to a 120% surge in coal use. So when you hear nuclear interests going on about how nuclear is “clean power,” remember what a long history of safety problems, breakdowns and premature aging has actually delivered – high costs and heavy reliance on fossil fuel backup (now natural gas instead of coal).
We will continue our campaign for a shift to a 100% renewable electricity system because we believe that it is the best way to keep our air clean and our rates low while lowering our climate impact. Closing down coal was a big leap forward, but we still have a ways to go.
Click on the following underlined link in blue to – Help accelerate our progress by supporting the change-making work of the OCAA.
Thanks for your support.
Angela Bischoff, Outreach Director
To learn more about the Ontario Clean Air Alliance and its ongoing activist work, click on – http://www.cleanairalliance.org/ .
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