Ontario Liberal Leader Dalton McGuinty has unveiled a sweeping, new plan to clean up the air Canadians breathe, including an increased commitment to Renewable Energy.Toronto, Ontario, Canada – September 10, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] “We will make a real difference in the health of Ontarians, by aggressively attacking the sources of air pollution,” McGuinty said. “My government won’t sit idly by when the air is so bad that seniors are told to stay indoors and kids aren’t supposed to go outside to play. My government will take action to clean up our air.” The five-point plan, the most ambitious in Ontario history, includes cleaner power generation, cleaner fuels, more public transit, more energy conservation and a “real commitment” to Renewable Energy. – Renewable Energy: Ontario electricity suppliers will be required to supply five percent of their electricity from clean, renewable sources by 2007, 10 percent by 2010. A third generator will be added to the Beck Generating Station in Niagara Falls, boosting its output of hydropower. And more than CAD$150 million (US$95.9 million) a year will be dedicated to developing green power. – Cleaner power generation: Ontario’s dirty, coal-burning power plants will be shut down by 2007. – Cleaner fuels: All gasoline sold in Ontario will be required to contain at least five percent clean burning ethanol by 2007, 10 percent by 2010. A mandatory clean, renewable bio-content in diesel fuel will also be established. – More public transit: For every liter of gasoline purchased, two cents of the existing provincial gasoline tax will be dedicated to public transit, generating an additional CAD$312 million (US$199.5 million) a year in funding. – Increasing energy conservation – Ontario’s electricity consumption will be decreased by five percent by 2007. McGuinty estimated his plan will lower Ontario emissions of the four worst air pollutants by 20 percent, ensure half of Ontario homes get their power from clean, renewable electricity and increase transit travel by millions of trips, easing gridlock. “Most importantly, this plan will save lives, and make us all healthier,” McGuinty said. The Ontario Medical Association blames dirty air for 1,900 premature deaths, 13,000 emergency room visits, and $1.1 billion in health care costs and lost workdays each year.