“Ontario closed its coal-fired plants with promises to greatly reduce air pollution and save billions in health costs, neither of which came true,” said Kenneth Green, senior director of natural resource studies at the Fraser Institute. “Now the province has some of the most expensive electricity in North America.”
Coal plant study muddies debate
Did the Liberal government’s closing of coal plants have an impact on air pollution levels? It depends on who you talk to. A new study released Tuesday by the Fraser Institute suggests that shutting down Ontario’s coal-fired power plants had very little effect on reducing air pollution, helped fuel skyrocketing energy costs, and should serve as a lesson to policymakers across the country.
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