Coal power is one of the worst contributors to global climate change, air pollution, acid rain precursors and atmospheric mercury emissions. Yet, in Canada, coal accounts for the majority of electricity generation in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia and is significant in both Ontario and New Brunswick.
Several provinces have taken strong leadership roles in tackling coal power, however, and federal limits for industrial GHGs should support and supplement this action, with an emphasis on achieving national and international commitments.
These are the Pembina Institute's comments and recommendations for Canada's proposed Reduction of Carbon Dioxide from Coal-fired Generation of Electricity Regulations.
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