Air pollution death toll claims just blowing smoke
By Paul Homewood
A few years ago, Ross McKitrick demolished claims that air pollution was killing tens of thousands in Canada.
I covered the story here:
Anyone tossing around allegations that a “crime” has been committed had better be prepared to defend those claims with solid evidence.
Two weeks ago on these pages local entrepreneur Derek Satnik made such a claim. In defending the viability of wind power Satnik, who works in the green energy industry, warned readers that they must consider the deadly impact of other forms of electricity. (“Does any potential health risk from wind power even matter? March 26, 2011)
Satnik writes: “The chief medical officer of Ontario publishes annual reports that talk about the 9,000 Ontarians who die every year from respiratory aliments caused in part by the emissions from coal based electricity plants.” He claims anyone who uses electricity is somehow “involved” in this devastating annual death toll. “It’s a crime that we’ve gone so long thinking it’s OK for anyone to turn on their fridge without thinking of who dies at the other end of the wires.” It seems a damning argument. If true.
So where is the provincial government’s list of coal-fired deaths?
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