NDP vows to wean Ontario off nuclear power

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NDP vows to wean Ontario off nuclear power

An NDP government would make retrofitting homes a priority over refurbishing nuclear reactors, says party leader Andrea Horwath.

Horwath told reporters Wednesday at Queen’s Park that if the New Democrats win the Oct. 6 election they would “hit the pause button” on the Darlington atomic project and use the savings to encourage conservation.

“It’s very clear that the government’s nuclear plan is an extremely expensive one,” she said of a nuclear rebuilding plan that could cost $26 billion.

“We don’t think nuclear is the wisest way to go, not only because of cost but because of risk and danger and so we’re looking at other options. The problem we have in Ontario is this government has all but given up on the cheapest form of power which is conservation, which is reducing people’s demand for power through conservation programs.”

Nuclear power currently accounts for about half of Ontario’s electricity generation, but Howarth insisted that energy-saving measures and increased use of renewable power can make up for some of that.

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Thanks, Snuckles.

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