The World Wildlife Fund was first off the mark to commend today’s announcement by the McGuinty government to shut 4 coal-fired generating units.

Ontario is shutting down four coal units, two at Nanticoke and two at Lambton Generating Station, by 2010 in a move the World Wildlife Fund says will make the province a leader in fighting climate change.

Of course, the fact that WWF President Gerald Butts was once Premier McGuinty’s Principal Secretary does not merit a mention in the Toronto Star article. I wonder if he had advance notice of the announcement.

But does this decision really reflect a desire to be a “leader in fighting climate change” or simply that, with Ontario’s manufacturing sector in freefall since McGuinty became premier, Ontario doesn’t need the power they generate any more?