Ontario and other Canadian provinces can learn a thing or two from places like Germany (pictured) and Sri Lanka about the real-life consequences of overreliance on “green” energy solutions and succumbing to climate change fanaticism . Photo Credit: Getty Images/Sean Gallup
As evidence continues to mount on how “green” policies are impoverishing average citizens, wrecking economies, heightening geopolitical tensions, enriching the elites who promote them while achieving nothing for the environment, why do so many people continue to tolerate this abuse? The latest example of this absurdity was pointed out by Parker Gallant, a retired banker and energy policy expert, in his regular blog on energy issues.
Parker pointed to the sad reality of some recent data on how Ontario’s very expensive wind-powered electricity generation is never available when it’s needed, yet manages to continually drive up electricity costs, to the point that hydroelectric rates in Ontario rival those of many European countries that foolishly shut down much of their nuclear and fossil fuel power in pursuit of an impossible green dream. This pursuit often leads to some perverse results, such as the fact that Germany is now restarting many of its coal plants, some of its worst polluters, for fear that they will otherwise doom its citizens to freeze in the dark. in the coming winter. they cannot count on Russian natural gas to meet their needs.
Parker uses the example of August 2, 2022, when industrial wind generation peaked at 1 a.m. at about 40% capacity, which is a fairly high capacity figure for wind generation. Unfortunately, there is not much demand for electricity at 1 am. However, at 6:00 p.m., when demand was at its peak, wind generation was only operating at about 5 percent of capacity and was therefore useless in meeting the need. History shows that this situation is far from unusual, with wind power generation generally not being available when needed, yet continuing to drive up hydroelectric costs.
Fortunately, Ontario and other Canadian provinces have not yet been as foolish as many European countries and have not shut down nuclear facilities or natural gas plants that reliably ramp up to meet demand as renewable sources fail. However, this could change if some of the ambient fans have their way. For example, campaigns are underway in several provinces to convince municipalities to phase out natural gas. In Ontario, 33 municipalities have endorsed motions to this effect, suggesting that it is impossible for them to have any idea what they are doing, since natural gas is a relatively clean fuel that is widely used in most homes and businesses for heating and other essential applications. . Ironically, some of the electricity that powers electric vehicles is generated from natural gas.
In the serious energy crisis that some European countries have experienced due to their dependence on Russia and the immense disruption caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, European lawmakers chose to designate natural gas as a “green” fuel so that they can claim to meet its weather. goals. This is the kind of perverse outcome that results from the unrealistic policies that so many countries have put in place in the name of tackling the so-called climate crisis.
Despite all the experience to date, it is clear that there has not yet been enough pain, as governments continue to pursue these extreme policies. In April 2021, the Sri Lankan government decided to ban all chemical fertilizers in the name of climate change and decimated agricultural crop yields. This disaster has not deterred Canada’s federal government from a drastic restriction on fertilizers, with a proposal to reduce emissions by 30 percent by 2030. It defies the belief that any government armed with the facts could promote policies which are virtually guaranteed to harm a significant number of citizens and harm an industry as essential as agriculture.
As the failures of “green” policies pile up and the damage inflicted by them grows, you have to wonder what it will take to stop this monster of a disaster. Sri Lanka reversed its ridiculous fertilizer policy after widespread protests and a sharp loss of government support, but it was too late to save the crop. Perhaps Canadians could learn something from the experiences of Sri Lanka and Europe and stop these policies before too much is lost.
She has published numerous articles in newspapers, magazines, and other media on topics such as free trade, finance, entrepreneurship, and women business owners. Ms. Swift is Past President of the Empire Club of Canada, Past Director of the CD Howe Institute, Canadian Youth Business Foundation, SOS Children’s Villages, Past President of the International Small Business Congress, and current Director of the Fraser Institute. She was cited in 2003 and 2012 as one of Canada’s most powerful women by the Women’s Executive Network and received the Queen’s Silver and Gold Jubilee medals.
He has a bachelor’s degree with honors and a master’s degree in economics.