Did you hear the one about the travelling salesman pulling into a farm laneway? The salesman approaches the landowners and asks if they’d be interested in helping the Government of Ontario raise the cost of electrical power for everyone in the province, for decades to come. “Would that new cost apply to us” asked the landowners? “For sure” replied the salesman. The landowners immediately escorted the salesman off their property and offered the advice that ‘it made absolutely no common sense’.
An hour later the salesman returned, asking to be allowed to tell more of his story. The landowners agreed to listen.
“Our Ontario government has decided that we can no longer have electrical power from our traditional sources… water, nuclear, coal and natural gas, unless we also generate some from the wind when it blows and the sun when it shines. They’re sure we can afford it and really, it’s a novel idea! It’s like, well, like owning enough dairy cows to reliably meet your daily milk quota but now you must also keep some cows that will only milk when the wind blows and some that will only milk when the sun shines. And bonus, when you can’t find a home for your new unpredictable surplus milk, the government has arranged to for you to pay someone from out-of -province to take it away. Even better, the windmills will be so high that everyone for miles around will know that you’ve helped out. Isn’t it just a great plan!
The landowners again escorted the salesman off their property and advised him that ‘it made absolutely no common sense’.
The following day the salesman returned once again but this time with a chequebook in hand.
“Let’s see if we can’t make some business sense of this for you” he said to the landowners.
Len Lobb, Clinton Ontario