Coal Costs Alberta $300 Million in Annual Health Costs: Vipond
Edmonton’s air quality is worse than Toronto’s with just one-fifth the population, and coal-fired electricity generation is to blame, Calgary emergency physician Dr. Joe Vipond of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment will tell a workshop this Friday hosted by the Canadian Geothermal Energy Association.
Coal power costs Alberta $300 million in annual health costs and causes nearly 100 premature deaths, 700 emergency room visits, 80 hospital admissions, and untold asthma attacks, CanGEA states on its website.
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Vipond’s research “demonstrates the social harm associated with Alberta’s energy generation policies, and how we can move towards ensuring a more sustainable pathway for future generations,” CanGEA adds.