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Canada Phasing Out Coal-Fired Power Plants, Sort Of?

This past Wednesday, industry minister Jim Prentice announced that power companies had been instructed to phase out coal plants as a method of generating electricity in order to cut down on carbon emissions. While it is laudable, environmental groups are waiting to see just how much the proposed legislation actually does when it comes out, given the Conservative government’s poor track record on environmental issues so far.

The wording from the environment minister was vague and promised that each coal-fired plant would be shut down at the end of its “economic life”, which could potentially be years from now. At face value, this smells like greenwashing from the Harper government, trying to satisfy the environmentalists and their energy lobby buddies all in one shot.

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