By Raymond, Chalifoux, Special to the Sarnia Observer
It’s time we got rational and practical with our energy policy. There should be a moratorium on future “wind” and “solar” developments and Ethanol; and consider the consequences of our “green” initiatives.
We have handed out these permits indiscriminately at outrageous guaranties for over 20 years without regards to any new technologies that lie ahead. We don’t even have the infrastructure (smart grid) in place to handle the inconstancy of “Green Power.”
Has there been any thought about what to do if these projects in the future are abandoned for financial or technological reasons? What happens to these infrastructures that are in place? Wind power is more efficient at night, yet this will be our low cost to consumers at that time yet cost more to taxpayers! Solar is more efficient in day time when all the air conditioners are on during weekends when people are home. Again cheap power to consumers but cost more to the taxpayers again.
It was not bad enough we use corn to produce ethanol, now we want to produce rubber from corn! What are we thinking? I can see the price of corn and everything else should be coming up roses!
Southern Ontario is the center of over 60 per cent of Canada’s prime farmland and we are covering it with Solar panels and now corn. This is a complete waste.
Instead, if we are to make use of solar, would it not better serve us by concentrating our effort on using “roof tops” (Walmart in the U.S.A. is transforming many of its stores to solar this way).
Solar and Wind are not a reliable source of energy and must be built in conjunction with Hydro; Nuclear and coal. All these countries who promote wind and solar is mainly because they do not have coal or oil of their own.
China, the USA and Russia, like us, have plenty of coal, oil; and and gas. Unlike the US, they plan to use these resources along with the Green energy. Closing our coal plant will do absolutely nothing for the environment.
We must not forget that we do not live in a bubble. There are not environmental boundaries. While we consider closing our few coal-fired plants (already paid for by the way), China is building or opening a new one every week and the USA is not far behind.
China is leading in Solar and wind power but is also the uncontested leader in coal power.
It’s easy for us to be puritanical in promoting solar, wind and ethanol because we are the have lots and will survive. But two thirds of the world is not.
The cost of basic foods are rising so much that the majority of the human race is starving.
Regarding ethanol, the facts are not out on the practicality of using it at least from corn, a major food staple of the world. It takes almost as much energy to produce it as it benefits.
The bottom line is we should take a breather and consider all the consequences. Either way we go, we should not be held ransom by any one energy source. We should be like China and develop all forms in concert with one another.
Raymond Chalifoux is a resident of Sarnia.