Gideon Foreman, of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, says that Tim Hudak’s “proposal to kill green energy will be a disaster” since “it will mean returning to coal and the thousands of illnesses and hundreds of deaths that coal causes in Ontario each year.” Since the coal-fired plants are being replaced by natural gas-fired plants, and not by solar or wind, “killing” green energy has no bearing on whether the coal plants run or not. Is killing green energy the same as killing the feed-in tariff program, which is what Hudak proposes? The illness/deaths attributed to the small amount of coal-fired generation in Ontario are not based on fact and have been repudiated by independent analysts. Ontario presently generates more than 75 per cent of its electricity from nuclear and hydro that has no emissions.
Donald Jones, Mississauga