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Ontario’s Premier is Leading His Caucus … Right Over a Cliff

Another excellent article by the Suns Lorrie Goldstein.  Articles like this are bound to start to seep into the minds of those who have stubbornly themselves hitched to McGuinty’s falling star.   The more light that is shone on this greed energy debacle, the more those who are ignorant of the plight in rural Ontario will start to understand our battle.

I have a couple of friends who have  now changed their minds about wind turbines, since I started this blog.  They were just totally unaware of what was happening, because the large media outlets have refused to give us much coverage and the little they do give us, is usually quite trivial.

A huge big thank you to journalists like Lorrie who aren’t afraid to go against the mindset of Toronto and Ottawa residents. — Donna Quixote

McGuinty’s green death march

Lorrie Goldstein, Toronto Sun, March 24, 2012

I’ve finally figured out Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty’s green energy strategy.

It’s to cover his eyes, stick cotton batting in his ears and duct tape the mouths of his Liberal caucus, so they won’t say a word while the whole sorry mess comes crashing down on their heads.

When it comes to green energy, McGuinty apparently subscribes to the theory that if a tree falls in the forest and he doesn’t hear it — or rather, refuses to acknowledge he’s heard it — then it never fell.

His green energy program has been a disaster. Consider:

• Rural fury over the high-handed way he overrode municipal objections to ramming industrial wind turbines into Ontario communities via his Green Energy Act cost McGuinty 10 Liberal seats in the last election, three cabinet ministers, including his former environment minister, and his majority government.

• Provincial Auditor General Jim McCarter recently eviscerated virtually every aspect of McGuinty’s renewable energy initiatives, including his centrepiece Green Energy Act, noting they were implemented without proper planning, consultation, auditing or business plans, and will hike electricity prices paid by consumers by billions of dollars for generations to come.

• Expensive, unreliable wind and solar power, which must be backed up by fossil fuel energy, are being added to the grid at a time when Ontario doesn’t need them because of an energy surplus, while still having to pay for them.

• McGuinty’s promise of 50,000 green jobs has been exposed as a mirage by the Auditor General because (a) most of them are temporary (b) green initiatives kill far more jobs than they create, since the massive public subsidies needed to sustain them lead to a huge spike in electricity costs, which kills traditional manufacturing jobs.

• McGuinty’s plan to establish a regional cap-and-trade market with some Canadian provinces and U.S. states, known as the Western Climate Initiative, is in a shambles, because nobody wants to touch the idea any more, given what a disaster cap-and-trade has been in Europe, where it is has failed to lower greenhouse gas emissions, increased electricity prices and prompted multi-billion-dollar frauds.

• The Liberals downplayed hundreds of health complaints about wind turbines from across Ontario, misled people filing these complaints into thinking they were the only ones reporting symptoms, and ignored warnings from the environment ministry their noise guidelines for turbines were inadequate, that there was no reliable way to monitor or enforce them and that their computer models for determining setbacks were flawed.

Link to complete article in the Sun

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