Green debate is over

The Liberals rammed the ill-fated Green Energy Act through the Legislative Assembly. Anyone brave enough to inquire about the potential problems of a backyard full of windmills or question the horrendous cost of solar energy was accused of NIMBYism. The eco-ideologues were overjoyed.

by John Snobelen, Toronto Sun

Now and then a keen reader will accuse me of favouring a particular (usually conservative) ideology.

Guilty as charged.

Most of us have ideas and ideals that conform, at least loosely, to a broader ideology. I believe politicians and political columnists should have well defined ideas and ideals they are willing to make public.

All too often politicians seem to need polls and focus groups to determine their ideals. They usually end up proving the old adage; if you don’t believe in something you’ll fall for anything.

I feel sorry for those who seem determined to lead without a clearly defined ideology. Constantly running to get ahead of the next passing parade must get tiring.

But my greatest disdain is reserved for those who live at the dark edge of the political spectrum; the ideologues.

Like passion that bleeds to zeal there is a dark place where ideas and ideals morph into dogma. This is the home of the true believers and zealots who have lost all perspective and abandoned listening, consideration and rational thought.

The ideologues divide the world into two groups: Those they agree with and heathens.

Ideologues will tell you their particular brand of zealotry is necessary to create change. What nonsense. Sustainable change is encouraged by leaders who combine a fully developed ideology with a capacity for critical thought and reflection.

One of the latest examples of a worthy ideal being captured by humourless tyrants is the nasty business of climate change (formerly known as global warming). Just about everyone wants to take better care of the planet. But the eco-ideologues have turned the debate over our climate into a war between true believers and “climate deniers.” In doing so, they have transformed carbon from a gas into a pollutant and then, miraculously, into a currency.

The eco-ideologues would like us to begin trading this new vaporous currency while transferring a lot of old fashioned currency (a.k.a. money) to the countries already crushing us economically; China, Brazil and India.

Rational thought seems to go out the window when ideals give way to ideologues.

The eco-ideologues are not particularly dangerous all by themselves. They are content to preach to each other and make the rest of us wrong. But when Premier Dalton McGuinty decided to jump in front of the climate change (or was it global warming?) parade, things got expensive.

The Liberals rammed the ill-fated Green Energy Act through the Legislative Assembly. Anyone brave enough to inquire about the potential problems of a backyard full of windmills or question the horrendous cost of solar energy was accused of NIMBYism. The eco-ideologues were overjoyed.

But now McGuinty’s brave new green world is unravelling faster than the promised green jobs are disappearing. Gosh, it seems science and economics actually matter.

Recently, under the cover of the revolution in Egypt, McGuinty quietly announced the latest green energy flip-flop. It seems the province won’t be building wind-powered turbines in Lake Ontario after all. Something about unproven technology.

This demise of the bravely announced new green Ontario might just be an amusing lesson in what happens when a politician without an ideology runs into ideologues with an agenda if it wasn’t so darned expensive. We are all going to be paying for McGuinty’s green folly for decades.

But hopefully something is learned in all of this.

Perhaps the eco-ideologues will have a harder time finding politicians who want to join in the carbon currency fiasco. And maybe we will start to place a little more value on politicians who have an ideology.

7 thoughts on “Green debate is over

  1. John:

    May I respectfully point out a forgotten principle of politics….

    “If you grab the electorate by the wallet their hearts and minds will *not* follow!”

    It usually has the opposite effect. Maybe thinking about the money issues will focus the mind more sharply even than a discussion of ideology.

  2. First of all…..Hudak has to dismantle the OPA…………….he actually hinted at this during an interview last week on BNN TV…………while he’s at it, maybe dismantle OPG, ahh what the heck……..dismantle the whole Energy Cabal that is running us out of our homes and towns!

    Secondly, Snobeldon uses this wording from above:….”This demise of the bravely announced new green Ontario might just be an amusing lesson in what happens when a politician without an ideology”…………………

    This whole Green Energy Agenda is “ANYTHING but AMUSING!”……………….it is a real TRAGEDY, a complete destruction of our once great Province!…………this leader should be charged with “assault causing bodily harm” by the Police!

  3. the police will never charge dalton, unfortunate but true, he has spread the wealth to the OPP, and any other police service required! remember how Micheal Byrant walked away from the death he was involved with??(100% unscathed not even the pleaing to a lessor charge.Oh thats right no lessor charge to plea to.) The police of Ontario (all of them) are paid to turn a blind eye and frame those oppossed to the government!!

  4. He cannot seem to run away from this:

    http://www.thestar.com/news/ontario/article/941559–ontarians-fear-skyrocketing-energy-bills-poll-shows

    Published On Sat Feb 19 2011
    Robert Benzie Queen’s Park Bureau Chief

    The vast majority of Ontarians fear ever higher energy bills even though the government is scrambling to help with hydro discounts, a Toronto Star-Vision Critical-Angus Reid poll has found.

    In a survey that could signal trouble for Premier Dalton McGuinty’s Liberals with an October election looming, 72 per cent of Ontario residents are bracing for more costly bills this winter….

    Only 21 per cent of Ontarians believe Queen’s Park is actually trying to keep heating and energy costs down despite a $1 million pamphlet blitz on the benefit and a province-wide speaking tour by the premier. Another 40 per cent say they’re unsure if the province has done anything.

    So CanWEA’s 89% support for wind turbines is now down to 21%.

  5. Scott:

    He just pointed out the link to the PDF. The same PDF issued Feb 17,2011 at the link I gave..

    The government is therefore telling the OPA they don’t plan – they are expensive boot-licking clerks .

    That was my comment when we discussed it here… boot licking clerks…

  6. The term “NIMBYism” is used like a curse, and anyone guilty of it is scorned. I started thinking about the term a while ago. Not in My Back Yard. If I don’t care about what happens in my back yard, then who will? We each need to be responsible for caring for our environment. We know we cannot depend on government to do this for us.

  7. We should be proud to be “NIMBI’S”, because it means ” now I must be involved”

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