Tell Ontario’s energy operator you want a climate-safe future
If we want to meet our emission reduction targets and avoid the worst impacts of climate change, we must transition away from fossil fuels.
Natural gas is a fracked fossil energy source that produces methane. When it comes to greenhouse gas emissions, methane is even more harmful than carbon dioxide over the short term. Reducing methane gas production is one of the quickest and most effective climate solutions.
Research tells us that phasing out natural gas in Ontario is possible and necessary. What’s more, 32 municipalities representing nearly 60 per cent of Ontario’s population have declared that they want natural gas phased out by 2030.
But the Independent Electricity Systems Operator plans to increase natural gas usage from six to 24 per cent of the province’s electricity supply. If that happens, Ontario’s emissions will increase by 500 per cent by 2040.
The IESO is soliciting feedback from Ontarians about phasing out natural gas. This is your chance to let them know you want a climate-safe future for our province.
Here are some suggested speaking points for your message:
- Introduce yourself (e.g., I’m a parent, student, health-care worker, new Canadian, etc.).
- Why do you want Ontario to do its part to fight climate change? What’s important to you?
- If we want to achieve our emission reduction goals, we must stop burning natural gas. IESO’s plan to increase natural gas usage will result in increased emissions.
- Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. have committed to phasing out natural gas by 2035. IESO needs a stronger plan that will allow Ontario to achieve that goal.
- Phasing out natural gas and adopting clean electricity will result in lower energy bills for Ontarians.
- In October 2021, the IESO released a highly criticized report stating that phasing out Ontario’s gas-fired power plants by 2030 would lead to blackouts and skyrocketing electricity bills. This report was biased and fundamentally flawed. Read more about it here.
- According to public health officials, natural gas has significant health impacts when used indoors. Phasing it out will contribute to our health and safety.