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.