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Ford’s refusal to embrace renewables will cost Ontario consumers

February 3, 2023

GUELPH — Ontario Greens leader and MPP for Guelph Mike Schreiner released the following statement in response to a new report showing that renewable energy technologies are lower-cost compared to fossil gas.

“Investing in dirty, expensive fossil gas plants despite mounting evidence that they are more expensive than renewable alternatives goes directly against Ontario’s best interests.

The Ford government’s continued investment in polluting fossil gas infrastructure not only impedes Ontario’s ability to meet our climate targets – it also increases consumer energy costs and puts future generations at risk.

Since taking office, the Ford government has recklessly mismanaged Ontario’s energy supply – cancelling hundreds of renewable energy contracts, costing us millions. Now, facing an energy crunch, their solution is to double down on a plan that will cost you more and increase pollution.

Doug Ford has made it clear he will not take necessary action to address the climate crisis. That’s why I wrote to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau calling on the federal government to immediately establish federal clean electricity regulations that ban new gas plants and require Ontario to move to a net-zero carbon electricity grid by 2030.

In the midst of a climate emergency, Ontario needs a government willing to take bold action to safeguard our environmental and economic wellbeing. The Ford government is not that government.”