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Carbon Tax
2019-06-03
Crying the Energy Blues
An April, 2019 University of Chicago study found 30 U.S. state-level programs upped electricity prices as much as 17%, concluding: “The global experiences from carbon markets and taxes make clear that much less expensive ways to reduce CO2 are available right now.” For example, using a June, 2017 joint Concordia University and Montreal Economic Institute study, “Subsidizing electric vehicles inefficient way to reduce CO2 emissions,” as a benchmark, the new $5,000 federal battery vehicle subsidy will cost $200 per ton of emissions — 10 times the current federal carbon tax. The real problem is these incentives are costly, inefficient and focused in the wrong places, thereby precluding better industrial technologies and best environmental practices.
Our renewable nightmare
2017-05-07
Our renewable nightmare
Premier Kathleen Wynne is apparently having a problem deciding between the best and worst uses for natural gas. That suggests the wider problem with her so-called green energy policies. The Liberals tell us there's good gas and bad gas, but their policies remind us of laughing gas and tear gas.
High Cost of Ignorance
2016-10-23
High cost of ignorance | By Lorrie Goldstein
Green energy entrepreneur Greg Vezina says it’s no surprise the Ontario Liberal government’s experiment with green energy has turned into an expensive debacle. Green energy entrepreneur Greg Vezina says it’s no surprise the Ontario Liberal government’s experiment with green energy has turned into an expensive debacle. Vezina, chairman of Hydrofuel Inc., says you can find the reasons in reports by Ontario auditor general Bonnie Lysyk, and her predecessor, Jim McCarter, when they investigated the Liberals’ green energy programs, first under former premier Dalton McGuinty and now under Premier Kathleen Wynne.
Bad Gas Attack
2016-05-21
Bad gas attack
Premier Wynne’s plan to eliminate natural gas as a source of home heating fuel is one of several bad ideas in her climate action plan Commenting on the Liberal plan, the Toronto Sun’s Lorrie Goldstein wrote: “But the centrepiece of Wynne’s reported strategy is eliminating Ontario’s use of natural gas to heat the residential, office and commercial sectors, and to convert them to electrical heating, or solar and geo-thermal, which simply aren’t ready for prime time.”
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2016-03-19
We need an energy revolution
Both in Canada and globally, we desperately need new ways of thinking about how to meet our future energy needs, using both fossil fuels and green energy. The problem is, we’re nowhere near doing it. U.S. billionaire Bill Gates knows the enormity of the challenge.
Folly of Green Subsidies
2016-01-16
Folly of green subsidies
We hear a lot these days from politicians, environmentalists and the industry itself about electric vehicles being on the cutting edge of the new green energy revolution aimed at fighting man-made climate change. A recent German study, for example, “Environmental comparison of electric vehicles (EV) versus vehicles fuelled by petrol, diesel, natural gas, biodiesel, bioethanol and biogas,” assessed 13 different environmental impact categories. Only EVs with batteries charged exclusively from renewable energy reduced the impact on the environment across most categories.
Green energy blues
2015-11-21
Green energy blues
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the premiers will be putting on their green-coloured glasses for their upcoming first ministers' meeting on Monday, a week before the start of the United Nations' climate-change conference in Paris. Trudeau should work with the premiers to eliminate all brown and green energy subsidies and begin to use a sales tax-based, full-cost accounting approach to energy and economic policy.
Wynne’s cheap energy charade
2015-07-25
Wynne's cheap energy charade
Cap-and-trade and selling Hydro One are even bigger mistakes than the Liberals' disastrous green energy plan Premier Kathleen Wynne can't stop rising energy costs in Ontario because of her refusal to buy hydro power from Quebec for as little as three cents per kilowatt-hour.
Wynne's climate summit a green masquerade
2015-07-09
Wynne's climate summit a green masquerade
Canada is missing out on its share of the surging multitrillion-dollar global clean energy market, which last year dropped by 5% compared to 24 of the largest exporting countries. Lost opportunities cost us $8.7 billion in 2013 alone, according to a new report, Tracking the Energy Revolution: Global 2015, from Vancouver-based climate and energy think tank, Clean Energy Canada.
Ammonia — the real green energy
2014-11-12
Ammonia - the real green energy
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne's Liberal government had us pay $1 billion more for electricity than the market value of that power in October alone, part of our annual, multibillion-dollar, so-called "Global Adjustment" charge. In 2013 alone, Ontario paid $1.2 billion to other jurisdictions to take our excess electricity, part of an increasingly costly problem managing the intermittency and unreliability of subsidized green energy.


Responsible in the Ontario Cabinet:
Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs
Rod Phillips, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks
Greg Rickford, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines