Letters to the editor: Wednesday August 31, 2011

Federal Environment Minister Peter Kent recently announced newregulations for limiting emissions for any new coal-fired power plantsthat will be built in Canada starting July 2015.

Federal Environment Minister Peter Kent recently announced new regulations for limiting emissions for any new coal-fired power plants that will be built in Canada starting July 2015.

 

While framed as legislation that Kent claims will act as “the equivalent of taking eight million cars off Canadian roads” this legislation falls drastically short of an effective level of environmental protection for two central reasons: Firstly, the legislation essentially gives existing plants licence to continue to pollute; secondly, it allows Maxim Power to build a new 500-megawatt coal plant in Alberta before the July deadline, thereby escaping the new regulations.

 

If we are serious about protecting the future of our precious natural resources, as well as that of our children as well as our planet, we need to stop investing in coal power and setting mediocre standards that do more to appease corporate citizenship than Canadian citizens, and we need to do this NOW, before it is truly too late.

 

Monica Resendes, Toronto

 
 
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