Alberta’s coal fired power debacle

Alberta’s coal fired power debacle

1/18/2011

In all the talk about GHGs and contaminants from oilsands, it is often overlooked how significant the known impacts of Alberta’s heavy reliance on coal fired power are, or how urgently we need to switch to other forms of electricity generation. Impacts from coal include mercury contamination, radiation, particulate matter, sulphur dioxide, NO2 and greenhouse gases (22% of Alberta’s GHG emissions).  The data show that absent strict controls coal is the most harmful form of electricity available, with among the most obvious and well-researched environmental and health impacts of any source.

Read “Alberta’s coal fired power debacle” on the ELC blog.

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