This is a guest post by Benjamin Thibault and Andrew Read of the Pembina Institute.
These are not good days for the global coal industry. There is bad news at every turn, with countless reports of “sputtering” and even falling demand.
Alberta has been a bastion for coal use in Canada. For now, the province burns more coal for electricity than all other provinces combined. But the writing has been on the wall for some time; over the long run, dirty coal-fired electricity is not compatible with credible climate change reduction strategies or with the public demand for cleaner air. These are the realities behind the province’s commitment to improve Alberta’s air quality and climate reputation by phasing out coal power pollution by 2030.
It is within this context that the Coal Association of Canada (CAC) is touring Alberta with “ACT information meetings.” But the “information” simply does not reflect coal’s stark modern reality. Let’s do some fact checking.
This is a guest post by Connor Gibson, originally published at Huffington Post.
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