Michael Hlinka: Ontario’s energy policy decisions are 100% wrong-headed

Michael Hlinka

Ian Johnson  CBC News

The past couple of days have been full of news about Ontario’s energy future. Close to 200 different alternative energy projects were announced, intended to yield 2,500 megawatts of power.

The big emphasis is on wind power. Premiere Dalton McGuinty claims that 20,000 new jobs, both direct and indirect, will be created, at a total cost of $8 billion.

That’s a lot of money, which is why a business columnist is weighing in. And whether you live in this province or not, this strategic direction profoundly affects you. I’ve got some bad news: Ontario’s energy policy decisions are 100 per cent wrong-headed and the best hope is that other provinces will learn from the error of our ways.

This all started with a decision to replace coal-fired plants. It was a decision based on the belief that CO2 emissions are responsible for global warming. On more than once occasion, I have expressed my skepticism about this theory. That’s what it is – theory, not fact. But like they would say in a Court of Law, for argument’s sake … let’s accept this to be true: CO2 emissions lead to potentially calamitous climate change, and every jurisdiction should do everything in its power to reduce CO2 emissions. The question, then, it seems to me, is what should a province like Ontario do to reduce its carbon footprint, and supply the necessary energy to power a developed economy?

This province’s approach has been to replace coal with other sources, like wind. There are any number of problems here, the first of which is that wind power is not economically viable. The proof is that the government is subsidizing the sector, to the tune of $8 billion. It can’t compete on a level playing field with other technologies that exist today, including clean natural gas and nuclear … alternatives that could meet our energy needs more effectively. Because the problem with wind is that it doesn’t always blow.

And let’s talk about these “20,000” jobs for a moment. If you do the arithmetic, it works out to $400,000 per job – the most ineffective use of public funds since the auto bail-out!

Ah… the auto bail-out. Remember that? It was about subsidizing a manufacturing industry that creates more CO2 emissions than any other sector. And that’s both comically ironic and tragic.

Enlightened energy policy begins… and ends… with conservation. The technology exists today to make our car fleet 50 per cent more efficient. The technology exists today to reduce power consumption in our homes by up to 75 per cent. This is where scarce resources could and should be directed.

And who pays for this truly horrible public policy? Everyone in Canada. Because my province, Ontario, already a have-not, has just dug itself into that much deeper a hole that everyone in this country is responsible for helping us get out of.

5 thoughts on “Michael Hlinka: Ontario’s energy policy decisions are 100% wrong-headed

  1. Click on the link to the article and comment if you are registered. Some of those people need a wake-up call.

  2. Hit the windmill on the head, Michael Hlinka!!!!!Now how do we stop this wrong headed behomoth of a an energy policy from spreading ?????

    Someone mentioned a rally on Queens Park?

  3. “…It was about subsidizing a manufacturing industry that creates more CO2 emissions than any other sector. And that’s both comically ironic and tragic….The technology exists today to reduce power consumption in our homes by up to 75 per cent. This is where scarce resources could and should be directed.”

    Something of this magnitude, happening world wide, defying all logic and common sense, duping all politicians can mean one of two things. The world’s politicians are a bunch of incompetent, idiotic bafoons, or a massive con-job is in the works. Take your pick.

    You see, this has never been about “saving the planet”. It’s always been about building a massive economy on the heals of yet another invented enemy (mankind) so that the world’s elite can get richer, gain more power, put us all into serfdom and dictate every aspect of our lives in the name of saving Mother Earth and appeasing Gaia (so that the majority buy into it). Yes, even a new religion is in the works meant to blend in nicely with the New Age movement. Gorbechev told us this was going to happen.

    Sounds nutty I know, but I’m right.

  4. i see the thumbs down people are at it again. i wonder how much of our tax dollars the wind industry is paying them to put the thumbs down. wind and solar power will never replace hydro, gas or coal fired power. just ask the average danish homeowner.

  5. McGuinty is just following the UN “playbook” and has sold us out to a New World Economy that will basically destroy the Western Industrialized Countries without one single shot being fired from a gun. This is a War that at one time was fought on a battlefield by boys and men and girls and women. The last one was WW11 and we all know how that went.
    The very same power brokers who were insane enough to think they could control the World through an armed takeover now realize they can accomplish the same thing by reducing Western Civilization down to a “beggars” status and then “bailing them out” with a New World Government.

    Think about it folks, these unwitting “pawns” called Politicians are THE problem and what happened in 1945 will happen again……they will be vilified, thrown out on their ears and honest people will once again take charge. It will just take a determined and truly honourable effort to stop these megalomaniacs!

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