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acid rain, environmental concerns, Alberta, vegetation, Saskatchewan

Half of Canada’s thermoelectric energy—electricity produced by heat or burning—is generated in Alberta, which has extensive coal, oil, and natural gas resources. Another 20 percent is generated in Ontario, mainly using coal imported from the United States. The remainder is principally generated in Saskatchewan and British Columbia, using local coal supplies. Coal accounts for about half the fuel used in Canadian thermoelectric plants. Due to environmental concerns, most plants are introducing methods to reduce pollution. The chief pollution problem has been acid rain, in which airborne byproducts of the burning combine with moisture in the air to form toxic sulfuric and nitric acids, which then rain down on and destroy vegetation.



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