Lorrie Goldstein, Toronto Sun
TORONTO – Every time the Kathleen Wynne Liberals are called on the carpet over skyrocketing electricity prices in Ontario, they go into their patented, “but we eliminated coal” routine. Meaning they eliminated polluting coal-fired electricity and replaced it with “clean” energy sources such as solar and wind power.
So today, let’s expose this claim for the nonsense it is. When Dalton McGuinty and the Liberals came to power in 2003, they promised to close all of Ontario’s coal-fired electricity generating stations, which at the time were supplying 25% of Ontario’s power needs, by 2007. That was completely unrealistic and the Liberals didn’t in fact eliminate coal until this year.
Meanwhile, in 2014, wind and solar power provide about 4% of Ontario’s electricity. So even for the Liberals — whose math skills are not the greatest, as evidenced by the fact they’ve doubled Ontario’s debt to almost $300 billion since coming to power in 2003 — it ought to be obvious you can’t replace 25% of the system with 4% of it. Read article