Dalton leads the Stupid Green Men

Toronto Sun Editorial
With apologies to Michael Moore, there’s only way to describe Premier Dalton McGuinty and the Liberals when it comes to their absurd claims about the job-creation potential of renewable energy. They are Stupid Green Men. And Women.

Recently, Liberal cabinet minister Laurel Broten, subbing for McGuinty, blamed layoffs and production slowdowns in Ontario’s green energy sector on a “chill” caused by PC Leader Tim Hudak.

This, Broten claimed, because Hudak has promised to cancel McGuinty’s green energy deal with Samsung, along with his ruinously expensive FIT (“feed-in-tariff”) program for new renewable energy generators.

In fact, if the Liberals did their homework, they would know renewable energy projects all over the world are blowing up in the faces of politicians who backed them.

One of the most spectacular recent failures is California’s Solyndra, a solar panel manufacturer that was President Barack Obama’s poster child for green energy. It just went bankrupt, throwing 1,100 people out of work, after receiving $535 million in federal loan guarantees.

Are McGuinty’s Liberals claiming Hudak was responsible for that?

McGuinty’s prediction his Green Energy Act will create 50,000 new jobs by the end of 2012, is a fantasy. Green energy consistently delivers fewer jobs than politicians claim, kills more jobs in other sectors of the economy than it creates and contributes less electricity to the grid than promised.

That’s because, given present technology, green energy (solar panels, wind turbines) is expensive, inefficient, unreliable and can’t exist without huge public subsidies. The jobs die when the subsidy does.

Further, the green energy sector in North America was predicated on the Canadian and U.S. governments putting a price on carbon dioxide emissions through the creation of a cap-and-trade market.

That idea died in both countries after the 2008 global recession, because it would have sent electricity prices soaring.

Bizarrely, McGuinty has passed enabling legislation in Ontario to set up a regional cap-and-trade market with some provinces and U.S. states, which, if it ever gets going, will be a repeat of Europe’s disastrous emissions trading scheme.

That resulted in skyrocketing electricity prices and multi-billion-dollar frauds, with no drop in emissions. Stupid Green Men came up with that idea, too.

11 thoughts on “Dalton leads the Stupid Green Men

  1. McGuinty stood in London promising 200 new jobs at a solar factory while workers at a solar factory in Toronto were being given PINK SLIPS. More Stupid Green Men!!

  2. NO company can afford to blow billions on products they can’t sell. Samsung can’t afford to blow billions in Ontario either. There has been a dramatic change in the world renewable energy sector since the Samsung deal was made. Samsung probably better off to move on to other more productive business ventures elsewhere.

    • Yes this is true , Only an Ontario liberal government can afford to blow billions.

  3. China has 1/3 of the production of wind energy products and ~ 3/5 of the solar production and in addition to this they control the present world supply of rare earth elements needed to produce renewable energy products. Bad news if Ontario expects to be able to also produce these products for the world market.

  4. A few questions about electronic cars…. FROM EDN For the Electrical Engineer in You! What are the answers? Do the “Brilliant Green Advisers” to McGuinty have answers?

    Buyers of electric vehicles (EVs) may be very disappointed
    September 22, 2011

    Behind the electric vehicle (EV) hype there are a number of sticky issues that have yet to be overcome: If they’re not, consumers may be mightily disappointed.
    In response to our August feature, “Build an electric vehicle from the ground up,” which focused on John Santini’s personal EV project, one reader took some time to point to some inconvenient questions that still need answering, assuming lithium technology is not a factor:

    1: Expected mileage (not the bloated advertised mileage) between charges
    a: Night driving with headlights, parking lights being used.
    b: Winter driving requiring heat for the occupants.
    c: Summer driving requiring air conditioning for the occupants as well as the battery.
    d: Accessories such as radio and windshield wipers, air moving motors.
    e: Hills and grades for most parts of the country.

    2: Charging time versus charging current
    a: Compromise between the greater the charging current and life reduction.
    b: Capacity reduction due to cell unbalances.

    3: Finally the results of battery aging
    a: Increasing charge/discharge cycles will reduce capacity.
    b: Battery “calendar” life from manufacture to current time. This is rather unknown with other battery types.
    c: Cell balancing to assure maximum energy storage.
    d: Life reduction due to extremes of battery temperature.
    Many of the above items were applicable to lead-acid batteries used in past electric vehicles (for a previous electric vehicle) the advertised life of “up to 75 miles” resulted in an actual range of less than 5 miles of driving distance.

    In all probability current electric vehicles will have an actual expected range of 10% (or less) of the advertised life.

    For the uninformed consumer who obtains an electric vehicle, he will be very disappointed in a few years, especially if he is not informed of the above limitations.

    The current hybrid Toyota (using nickel metal hydride batteries) has/had a range of about four miles when not allowed to automatically switch to the gasoline engine.

    http://www.edn.com/blog/Design_Cycle/41341-Buyers_of_electric_vehicles_EVs_may_be_very_disappointed.php

    Cheers!

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