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Energy Minister Chiarellis reaction to the Fraser report continues to show the Liberals just don’t “get it”.

Geoff Zochodne — The Oshawa Express — April 16, 2013

Critics of Ontario’s green energy initiatives haven’t gone away, but the province has no plans to back off on its renewable energy strategy, says the Minister of Energy Bob Chiarelli.

“It’s part of our long-term energy plan, it’s going to stay part of our long-term energy plan,” he says.

The minister, speaking with students and faculty at Durham College’s Whitby campus, says he heard from instructors there they are seeing jobs created in the renewable energy sector. By its own estimation, the Ministry of Energy claims its green energy initiatives have helped create 31,000 jobs.

“The business community is very excited about it,” says Minister Chiarelli. “I meet with energy stakeholders all the time and they say it’s good for Ontario, it’s creating jobs. Certainly clean, green, reliable energy is very important for us.”

His comments come as detractors, like the Fraser Institute, say Ontario’s Green Energy Act (GEA) is increasing energy costs and chasing away jobs.

“Already, the GEA has caused major price increases for large energy consumers, and we’re anticipating additional hikes of 40 to 50 per cent over the next few years,” says Ross McKitrick, Fraser Institute senior fellow and author of the think tank’s report, Environmental and Economic Consequences of Ontario’s Green Energy Act.

The study claims the Green Energy Act will reduce returns to investment in the manufacturing sector by 29 per cent and the mining sector by 13 per cent.

The study also cites the auditor general of Ontario’s estimate that the province has lost nearly $2 billion on surplus wind exports and says there are further losses of $200 million annually.

In addition, 31,000 jobs are far fewer than the 50,000 the government originally claimed would come from the Green Energy Act, scoffs the report.  Continue reading, here…..

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