Audit the Ontario government’s green programs – Energy Probe Study

“The absence of a policy paper or background published research review in Ontario is particularly troubling.”

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Audit the Ontario government’s green programs, says Trebilcock-Wilson report for Energy ProbeOntario’s strategy of picking winners likely to fail.

Ontario’s provincial auditor or other independent groups should periodically audit the programs and subsidies being offered through the recently passed Green Energy Act to ensure the programs are producing the promised environmental and economic benefits, says an Energy Probe report published today by Michael Trebilcock, Professor of Law and Economics at the University of Toronto, and James Wilson, a recent University of Toronto Law School Graduate.

The report argues that top-down government policies are often incapable of “picking winners.” As a result, the government should be audited to ensure that it is pursuing the best and most economic policies in regards to cost per ton of carbon abated and cost per net job created.

If the real motive behind the Green Energy Act is to cut emissions and create “green” jobs, the report says, providing technology-specific subsidies runs a high risk of failure. The report highlights a number of examples—such as wind energy and corn-based ethanol—where the promised environmental and economic benefits were either far less than expected, or nonexistent.

Instead, the authors argue, the government should pursue a “winner neutral” policy that focuses on investments in an array of energy technologies from a number of market actors.

“Governments have a terrible track record of picking winners,” says lead author Michael Trebilcock. “Many of the decisions being made in regards to recent ‘green’ legislation may be more for political reasons, rather than the declared environmental and economic ones.”

For more information, contact Professor Michael Trebilcock at 416-978-5843 or 519-922-1257. Read his bio and CV here.

Read the full report at our website: or click here.

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6 thoughts on “Audit the Ontario government’s green programs – Energy Probe Study

  1. This request for an ongoing audit is clearly the most sensible approach to date! I’m sure it will scare the pants off McGuinty! Not to mention informing the public of fallacy. Thank You Mr. Trebilcock and Mr. Wilson. You give us hope. You restore our faith in the people of Ontario not to be hoodwinked.


    Melodie Burkett
    WAIT! Clearview
    Clearview Township

  2. Professor Trebilcock has always ruffled a few feathers at Queen’s Park and actually has been “called down” by Wind Proponents who I bet don’t have one tenth the intelligence and honesty that this man displays!

    The Wind Industry “mouthpieces” when faced with criticism are like spoiled ignorant children who don’t know how to debate logically and can only call people names like “NIMBY’s” and “Deniers” .

    Thank heaven we have people who are Professionals and have the courage to suggest our Politicians aren’t above the scrutiny of the Public Forum unlike the Politicians who believe they are “omnipotent”!

  3. Gee, audit the green programs to make sure public money is being spent in a responsible manner. What is not to like about this suggestion? How much money would we have saved at eHealth if they had been audited on a regular basis? Who knows, this may lead to some of that ‘transparency’ and ‘accountability’ that Dalton is always mentioning.

  4. Worldwide Corruption. In Italy, it was the mafia who got in big with the wind industry…they’re now in jail. Here in Ontario, they give seminars.

  5. McGuinty I assume has made a deal with foreign companies and now that the deals don’t look that good in the Public Eye he can’t back out!

    Sound familiar?……………..everyone can remember the “Sopranos” episodes that Tony told his soldiers “once your into this thing of ours there is only one way out!”………………..

    Enron started this Scam and where are they now?…………JAIL!……………and yet politicians and investors are still screwing people out of money and lands hoping “it won’t be them!”………are you reading this “Mr. Thumbs Down?”

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