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Federal government's $400 million climate change fund

2010-06-28

Queen’s University mechanical engineering professor and renewable energy expert Joshua Pearce is available to talk about Environment Minister Jim Prentice’s announcement of a $400-million contribution to an international climate change fund and plans to phase out coal-burning electricity at home.

"Today’s announcement from the federal government will be welcomed by both Canadian citizens and the rest of the world. It is really nice to see Canada taking a leadership role in promoting renewable energy technologies,” says Professor Pearce. "My only concern is Mr. Prentice's remark that the more stringent requirements may not be applicable to the two new coal-fired power plants under development in Alberta. Adding more coal-fired electricity to our grids now is like investing in vacuum tube manufacturing plants so that we can compete in the world of computers. Coal is a zombie technology being kept alive only because the costs of its emissions are being shielded from the market. Coal is not the future. It is time we killed it for good."

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