“False Hype” about Green Energy …… “reality” trumps “pro-green opinions”

Posted: November 22, 2012 in Uncategorized

The World Trade Organization has ruled against Ontario’s Green Energy Act and the rhetoric “defending” Dalton McGuinty’s Green agenda is quickly flooding the pro green media’s pages.

Yesterday an opinion piece from the Toronto Star by Ken Neumann who is the National Director of the United Steel Workers carries many statements that are not only misleading but could be described as out and out “fantasy”!

This is not the only story defending McGuinty’s Green Energy agenda but is a case in point which clearly demonstrates the divide between “reality”  and the “green dream” that has been foisted upon the world in order for the Wind and Solar Industry to literally “rob the consumers blind” with inflated prices for electricity with nothing in return for the “gouging”!

Take the “creating jobs” section of the Green Energy Act. George Smitherman the architect of Bill 150, stated publicly many many times that this Act would create over 50,000 green jobs when all is said and done. The current “opinion piece” states that 20,000 green jobs have been created with more to come. Anyone “in the know” about our current status on green job creation knows only too well that there are nowhere near 20,000 jobs being attributed to this Renewable Energy Agenda but more like a net job loss because of the destructive pricing of electricity which is driving Industry out of Ontario!

But don’t let facts get in the way of a good story.

Judge for yourself who is telling the truth here: It’s unfortunate we must go out of Province to find true stories about the green fantasy unfolding here at home!

Challenges to Ontario’s Green Energy Act reflect its success

November 21, 2012 Ken Neumann

Detractors of renewable energy will no doubt hold up this week’s World Trade Organization decision as evidence that Ontario’s Green Energy and Economy Act is a failure. But the opposite is true. Japan’s challenge is a clear sign of the act’s success.

The WTO has ruled in favour of a challenge to the made-in-Ontario clause of the Green Energy Act, which requires wind and solar farms to use a large percentage of in-province parts and labour in order to receive preferential rates.

Japan’s claim, which was backed by the EU, was that these requirements discriminate against foreign firms and therefore contravene the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade. Ontario’s position, supported by the Canadian government, is that energy is considered government procurement and therefore exempt from these international agreements.

Importantly, the issue was not whether domestic content requirements give an advantage to local companies. The content provisions were drafted with the express purpose of creating thousands of local jobs, seeding a whole new industry and giving a much-needed boost to the province’s ailing manufacturing sector.

And although the Green Energy Act is not perfect, it has largely succeeded in this. An estimated 20,000 jobs have already been created in Ontario, and more will come. Billions of dollars have been invested in the province, and more than 30 manufacturers are now working here on the solar side alone.


Wind power creates market havoc, is unreliable and costly

By  Jonathan Lesser

President of Continental Economics, Thursday November 22, 2012

The United States has subsidized the wind industry for 35 years. For the past 20 years, most of these subsidies have taken the form of a production tax credit, which provides wind-generation owners a 2.2 cent per kilowatt-hour (kWh) tax credit. The credit already has been extended by Congress five times. Now, Congress is considering whether to extend it one more year, at a cost to taxpayers of more than $12 billion. If so, the many will once again pay to benefit the politically connected few.

The wind industry says it needs more time to become fully competitive. Whether that’s true or not, one thing is certain: high-cost wind generation provides low-value electricity. On hot and humid summer days that Midwesterners well know, the demand for electricity peaks, because everyone is using air conditioners. But my analysis of four years of wind-generation data shows that, on those same days, wind blows the least. No wind, no wind power. For example, last July 6 the temperature hit 103 degrees in Chicago. Electricity demand skyrocketed. But that day, the 2,700 megawatts of wind turbines in Northern Illinois produced an average of just 4 megawatts of power, enough to power 4,000 Chicagoans’ blow dryers.

An analysis of four years of data from the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic and Texas, where more than half of the nation’s wind turbines are located, shows a disturbing pattern: wind turbines generate the most power when it is least needed — at night, and in the spring and fall — and the least amount of power in summer, when it is most needed. The data show that wind generation is available less than 15 percent of the time on the highest-demand days. That’s why wind power is “low-value.” It’s like a soda machine that works only if you are not thirsty


  1. Reblogged this on Quixotes Last Stand and commented:
    Another great post by The Big Green Lie

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