Luncheon Keynote Address "The Cost of Power from Fossil Fuels: A Physician's Perspective"
Calgary Petroleum Club
Recent research shows that the use of coal power in Alberta costs $300 million a year in health expenses, is responsible for nearly 100 premature deaths, 700 emergency room visits, 80 hospital admissions and triggering asthma attacks.
Dr. Vipond is an emergency physician and clinical lecturer at the University of Calgary. He is also a member of the Alberta Coal Phase Out Coalition and the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment. He will be discussing recent research that 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.
Come hear Dr. Vipond, one of the physicians involved in this research!
Following Dr. Vipond's presentation, CanGEA’s policy advisor, Justin Crewson, will be discussing the opportunities presented to Alberta policy makers by clean and renewable base load geothermal energy. He will also cover the international implications of Alberta's continued reliance upon fossil fuels for energy. Justin has graduate degrees in both public policy and political science, and specialized in international relations for the latter, which gives him a unique perspective on this matter.
Admission to this event includes a copy of our report Un-Natural Gas: Alberta's Dirty Substitute for Geothermal Power.
This 44-page report identifies the strategic opportunity presented to Alberta by its considerable geothermal resources, which have been confirmed by CanGEA’s geothermal favourability maps and resource estimates. Alberta can aggressively phase out its dependence upon coal for base load electricity generation. Reliance upon coal for power is a cause of significant damage to public health. This dependence also results in very large amounts of GHG emissions that have contributed to Canada’s current trajectory to fall far short of its international GHG reductions commitments.
Can't attend this event, but still want to read our report? You can find it by clicking here.