Skip to comments.Harper’s smarter [On green energy, the PM was right. His critics were wrong]
Posted on 01/26/2012 4:34:52 AM PST by Clive
If Canadas green media especially in the Parliamentary Press Gallery demanded the same standards of accountability of themselves as they do of politicians, they would be killing entire forests right now apologizing to Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Why? Because in sidestepping the economically suicidal stampede onto the green energy bandwagon which they relentlessly shilled for, Harper was right and they along with the Liberals, NDP, Bloc and Greens were wrong.
Today, so-called green energy is in retreat all over the developed world, as taxpayers and consumers in countries that blindly raced into it are in open revolt against paying exorbitant, ever-rising prices for unreliable, inefficient power sources that dont lower carbon dioxide emissions.
Germany is poised to slash public subsidies for solar energy which sent shares in solar companies crashing world-wide because it cant afford the grossly inflated, 20-year feed-in-tariffs it has been paying for energy thats so unreliable. It has had to import nuclear power from France and the Czech Republic this winter to avoid blackouts, plus restart an old, oil-fired electricity plant in Austria.
As Germanys Spiegel Online reported: Solar energy has gone from being the great white hope to an impediment to a reliable energy supply.
In the U.K., an all-party alliance of MPs has been formed to fight the proliferation of wind turbines, amidst public fury over higher energy prices, unreliability and the problems it has caused for the nations electricity grid. Even world-famous U.K. environmentalist James Lovelock, who supports nuclear power, has described wind turbines as useless and growing blights on the landscape.
Its the same story across Europe, whose seven-year-old cap-and-trade carbon market, the Emissions Trading Scheme, is in disarray, with electricity and consumer prices rising, multi-billion-dollar frauds and no reduction in emissions. In Tuesdays State of the Union address, Barack Obama ignored the growing list of alternative energy fiascos in the U.S., including taxpayers losing $535 million in the bankruptcy of Solyndra, the California solar company that was his poster-child for green energy.
Instead, showing incredible hypocrisy, given his cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline, Obama bragged about having opened millions of new acres for oil and gas exploration in the U.S. and directing my administration to open more than 75% of our potential offshore oil and gas resources.
Obama also pledged to take every possible action to increase U.S. production of shale gas, whose extraction process fracking is as controversial among environmentalists as the oilsands.
Which bring us to Canada, where Ontario Premier Dalton McGuintys Green Energy Act was recently eviscerated by provincial Auditor General Jim McCarter.
He reported it will cost consumers billions of dollars in higher electricity prices that could have been reduced had the government listened to its own experts, that it will kill far more jobs than the 50,000 McGuinty promised to create and that Ontarians may have to pay up to $225 million annually to green energy companies not to generate electricity.
This is the madness former prime minister Jean Chretien and the Liberals idiotically signed us up for when they recklessly endorsed Kyoto in 1998 and that our green media, the opposition parties and radical environmentalists have been braying ever since we should embrace.
Is Harper owed some apologies? You bet he is.
Will he get them? You bet he wont.
Harper doesn’t seem to mind that McGuinty is bankrupting Ontario.
Could that be because he has Alberta centric views? Maybe from his POV, Ontario deserves this?
In any event, he is not the same conservative he was when he was the leader of The National Citizens Coalition, from ‘98-’02