GUELPH — MPP for Guelph Mike Schreiner released the following statement in response to reports that even if federal regulations require new fossil gas plants to shut down, the government will continue to pay their contracts.
“There’s no doubt that Ontario needs to dramatically grow its electricity grid.
But buying into expensive, soon-to-be-obsolete fossil gas plants is not how we’re going to get there.
Just weeks ago with the announcement of the Volkswagen battery plant in St. Thomas, we saw proof that Ontario’s skills, resources and workforce can and will attract new industries, create tens of thousands of new jobs and give Ontario a strong foothold in the booming climate economy.
But to take advantage of those opportunities, we need a government that sees the value in our clean energy future.
Despite report after report showing that renewables are cleaner, safer and cheaper than fossil fuels, the Premier continues to sign new contracts for polluting fossil gas plants.
Now, to make matters worse, he’s promising that those new plants will continue to have their contracts paid out even if federal clean-energy regulations render them inoperable.
Ontarians deserve to know: Where is the fiscal logic in buying into planned obsolescence? Where is this government’s rationale for its continual refusal to invest in clean energy?
I know that our province is ready to be a leader in the trillion-dollar new climate economy.
We’ll keep holding the government to account by pushing for low-cost renewable projects and ambitious energy efficiency programs to drive progress on climate and help people and businesses save money by saving energy.”