By Matt Ford, The Windsor Star
Dwight Duncan is at it again, selling us his new math.
Finance Minister Duncan claimed on a local talk show that his green energy scheme only accounts for a two per cent rise in electrical rates.
The next question I would ask is why borrow $1 billion in debt dollars to hand out a 10 per cent Clean Energy Benefit if “clean green energy” only accounts for a two per cent rise?
The answer is obvious. Dwight is employing his new math.
Take Jan. 1, 2011. This was just one day that Ontario paid Quebec and the United States to take our excess electricity while, at the same time, we billed Ontario’s businesses and families at rates 75 per cent higher.
Sound like a two per cent cost to you?
Over the next 20 years, this will be standard practice as the Liberals’ commitments to all things green take root.
Solar and wind projects such as the odious Samsung deal and the Fit/Micro Fit will end up costing Ontarians $80 billion in solar and wind welfare payments while electrical rates soar.
Ontario will be awash in cheap power to give away while the Liberals have committed Ontarians pay through the nose for wind and solar.
Think you will escape by conserving?
The problem is made worse. As power demand falls, first priority is given to the most expensive -wind and solar first and nuclear, hydroelectric, coal and natural gas are given away at a loss to other jurisdictions.
Dwight’s two per cent cost is highly unlikely when you are giving away five cent power while charging your own citizens 13 cents a kilowatt hour.
If one factors in the grants to build solar and wind projects, a commitment of first dibs for wind and solar corporations on taxpayers’ pockets, added infrastructure to accommodate wind and solar, the “not so” smart meter program and the job losses that will ensue as companies leave for cheaper resources, we will be begging that Dwight’s new math of two per cent rise would be true.
MATT FORD, Windsor
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That said, it would be bad form to back out of the agreement as it is signed not to mention expensive.
It should never have been at the rate the provincial “fiberals” had negotiated and, as soon as possible, contractually, it must be adjusted to realistic rates.
I’m sure our grandchildren and great-grandchildren will not be thanking us for not trying to stop this in its tracks when it first reared its ugly head.
But, the sooner we realize this was rammed down our collective throats by this bunch, the sooner we’ll all realize that we can do something come next provincial election.
Remember, people, the chickens will come home to roost and our electric bills today will look like petty cash compared to what we’ll be looking at when we have to pay the “real” amount McGuinty’s gang has committed us to in the very near future.
BONNY TOUSIGNANT, LaSalle