Cancel Darlington, Partner with Quebec to Lower Electricity Bills by up to $2.6 Billion

(Queen’s Park): Green Party of Ontario leader Mike Schreiner is calling on the Liberal government to lower your electricity bill by signing a power deal with Quebec at tomorrow’s joint cabinet meeting. 
The average household can save between $52 and $192 per year if Ontario cancels the Darlington Nuclear Rebuild and signs a power deal for existing Quebec water power instead. The province could save between $700 million and $2.6 billion per year — a whopping $52 billion over 20 years.
“The Liberals have a clear choice: raise your electricity bill to rebuild Darlington or lower your bill with water power from Quebec,” says Schreiner. “Will the government put you first or the nuclear lobby?”
No nuclear project in Ontario’s history has delivered on time or on budget. No private company  will insure nuclear plants because the risks are too high. TD Bank CEO Ed Clark says Darlington “carries enormous risks.”
“Why does the government keep doing the same thing over and over again with nuclear expecting a different result?” asks Schreiner. “It’s insane and completely irresponsible for the Liberals to proceed with Darlington without an independent cost review or without looking at cheaper alternatives.”
The GPO’s position is sensible – don’t spend any more money on nuclear power plants, but don’t shut down existing nuclear facilities as Ontario phases in more affordable alternatives. The government still has no solution for nuclear waste.
“I don’t want the government to leave your children a legacy of nuclear debt and waste,” says Schreiner.
The Green Party is on a mission to bring honesty, integrity and good public policy to Queen’s Park.
For more information on the Research from Ontario Clean Air Alliance please click here or go to http://www.cleanairalliance.org/files/ltep-review.pdf