Ontario environment minister Glen Murray has refused to confirm or deny a Globe & Mail report that Ontario will phase out natural gas as a fuel for heating in the province.
The Liberal Government’s Climate Change Action Plan would see Ontario spend $7-billion over four years to retrofit buildings, give rebates on electric vehicles (they want 12% of all new vehicle sales to be electric by 2025), eliminate more carbon from gasoline, and help ensure that all new homes built in 2030 and beyond are heated with either electricity or geothermal systems.
“Within the next couple of weeks you’ll see the entire action plan, supporting documents will be properly released,” Murray told reporters in response to the recent leak. “Natural gas will continue to play a critical role in the energy mix in Ontario in the future, and beyond that you’ll have to wait to see the details.”
“No, we’re not banning natural gas or taking it away from people.”
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