Minister of Energy disputes Toby Barrett's claims

Port Dover Maple Leaf Letter to the Editor: DWIGHT DUNCAN Minister of Energy Government of Ontario - August 8, 2007

It's unfortunate that Toby Barrett isn't being straight with the people of Port Dover. He chooses to tell your readers that clean, affordable and reliable electricity is in jeopardy when exactly the opposite is true.

Since 2003, the McGuinty government has worked harder and faster than any government in North America to bring clean, safe, reliable and affordable power online to keep the lights on for Ontario's homes and businesses.

We've already brought on more than 3,000 megawatts of power - enough to power over 1.8 million homes - and set the wheels in motion to bring 10,000 megawatts online. And that's just in the near term. Ontario now also has a long-term plan for its electricity system to ensure we have the power we need, when we need it, to 2025 - something Toby Barrett's party failed to do during their eight years in power. In fact, when the Tories were in power they took 1,865 more megawatts offline than they brought on. That's the equivalent of Niagara Falls running dry.

It's also unfortunate that Toby Barrett is misleading your readers into believing that there is such a thing as "clean coal". Even he knows that regardless of how hard you try, you can't capture C02 - the gas that contributes to climate change.

Our government believes that you shouldn't have to compromise between clean power or reliable power - we know that we can have both.

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