Final coal emission regulations were released September 5, 2012 by the Canadian government. The final regulations indicate coal-fired power plants will be allowed to operate up to 420 tonnes of greenhouse gases per gigawatt hour of electricity generation. This is far higher than 375 tonnes of greenhouse gasses per gigawatt hour Environment Minister Kent originally proposed last August.
"Kent's announcement is a either a bad joke or an insult to the intelligence of Canadians. It's amazing he can make these announcements with a straight face," John Bennett, executive director of Sierra Club Canada, said in a news release.
"Coal is the easiest source of greenhouse gases to deal with because cleaner alternatives are already cost-competitive," said Keith Stewart of Greenpeace Canada. "If the federal government is prepared to gut its proposed coal regulations this way, then the oil lobby must be smiling while they sharpen their knives."
View September 7, 2012 The Pembina Institute blog post
View September 6, 2012 CBC News article
View September 6, 2012 The Globe and Mail article
View September 5, 2012 Environment Canada news release
View September 5, 2012 Climate Action Network Canada article