A quote attributed to Mark Mattson, president of Lake Ontario Watch Keep: “(Ministries) are not seen as regulators anymore. They’re seen as facilitators. They’re not doing any of the science any more.”
So that is how they justify it. Since they are getting their science from salesmen they don’t even know that no “green” technology yet exists that actually cuts carbon emissions. Oh, sure, the sun and the wind emit no greenhouse gasses, but the wind plants, solar panels (and don’t forget biofuel) were not built using “green” energy. Nor are the pickup trucks that the operating crews drive.
Perhaps solar collectors can, but in real conditions they don’t ever recover the energy it took to build them. Wind projects placed in ideal conditions can, it seems (good information is very hard to get), repay their carbon debt in as little as seven years. Ideal conditions do not include running at under 20% capacity.
A biofuel hobbyist myself, I can assure you that if biofuel operations were required to run on biofuel there would be no product to sell. No one uses the power generated, they sell it to the government, offsetting their energy cost with subsidy (in finance this is called leverage). With wind farms it appears that no one actually builds them. A commissioned salesman sets it up, sells it to the government, arranges finance, hires contractors, then finds a buyer who will presumably run it into the ground “efficiently.” Ontario’s prosperity was built on artificially cheap electricity. Our recovery is not going to be built on artificially expensive power, no matter how “green” it seems.
George Gavlas, Stella