In looking over the Renewable Energy Matters — Campaign Outline by the Sussex Strategy group mentioned in Christina Blizzard’s column, I noticed the campaign platform to “confuse” the public and the media is now in play.
The Sussex “platform” admits that the “50,000 green jobs” promised to us in the Green Energy Act (GEA) have not materialized -and with the World Trade Organization raising red flags about the 30% Ontario content rule many of those may never be realized.
The Sussex “platform” also states that our 2012 hydro bills will increase 36% over our 2009 hydro bills. It goes on to say, “In order to talk past the ‘noisy activists’ and editorial positions, there needs to be a coordinated paid, earned and social media campaign. This should be both reactive and proactive.”
It is interesting to note that other countries have scrapped or are in the process of scrapping subsidized alternative electricity rates similar to Ontario’s program because of drastic economic losses. For instance, in Spain, one study found 2.2 jobs were lost for every one green job that was created. VESTAS, a Dutch manufacturer, announced recently that it will lay off 3,000 workers due to lower than expected sales of industrial wind turbines.
As Abraham Lincoln said, “You can fool some of the people all the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all the time.”
DEBBIE LYNCH RR 2, Norwood