Green Energy Failing
Rick Nicholls — Chatham-Kent News — Aug. 2, 2012
Behind all the photo-ops, grand speeches, and big cheques handed-out, there’s one fact that can’t be denied, Dalton McGuinty’s green energy experiments are failing Windsor-Essex, says Chatham-Kent-Essex MPP Rick Nicholls.
Energy Minister Chris Bentley was recently in the Windsor-Essex region attempting to explain why three green energy companies have left the area in a year’s time, taking jobs with them.
“If the Minister and MPP Dwight Duncan were being honest with themselves, they would be calling this an apology tour,” said Nicholls. “Millions of tax dollars were invested in those three companies, promised jobs have not materialized, yet the Minister continues to shrug his shoulders.”
The McGuinty green energy experiments have been a fiasco for southwest Ontario from the start, said Nicholls. According to the Auditor General, hydro bills are expected to rise nearly 50% by 2015. Municipalities had their decision-making rights stripped away with the Green Energy Act and saw industrial wind turbines planted in backyards. Green technology companies and individual producers alike have been unable to connect to the electricity grid.
“Despite the laundry list of problems this government has encountered as it rushes toward a poorly conceived energy scheme, they refuse to admit their incompetence has failed Windsor-Essex,” said Nicholls. “Worse still, their local MPP Dwight Duncan has been silent as these companies left the area.”