Imagine you need to fill up your car with gas, and you roll up to a pump in Ottawa, Ontario. Pump prices today are around $1.20 per litre (which works out to about $4.54 per US gallon). One of the pumps seems different than the others. Over top of it is a big attractive sign that says something like the following:
This pump has only GREEN GASOLINE. It’s clean, environmentally friendly, and doesn’t even cost all that much. How much? Only $2.40 a liter, or $9.08 a gallon.
What makes it green? It contains water that comes from a pristine mountain spring. So yes it costs just a bit more for this gas, but it contains water that comes from the mountains—which means it’s green!
Of course, you will also have to accept that your car won’t run as well as it would if you just bought normal gasoline that doesn’t contain water. In fact your car will run worse.
But think of the benefit to the environment. By supporting suppliers of mountain spring water, you are helping the planet. Spring water is clean and pristine because it comes from the mountain!
So you have two choices:
- Normal gasoline, which costs $1.20 and runs well in your car.
- “Green” gasoline, which costs $2.40 and makes your car run worse because it has been watered down with water from a pristine mountain spring.
Which would you choose?
Of course you would choose #1, normal gasoline.
The only way you would buy the “green” gasoline would be if there were just no choice. So really the only way to get you to buy “green” gasoline would be to make it mandatory.
Would you support making that mandatory?
This is exactly what is being done in the electricity sector in Ontario. Ontarians are being forced to buy low-quality wind- and solar-generated power because those sources have been successfully peddled as “green.” In reality, they require backup from fossil fuels. That is because the sun doesn’t always shine and the wind doesn’t always blow.
But the companies that own wind turbines and solar panels need lots of money just to stay in business. So they have to get rates that cover the times when they don’t run (which is most of the time).
If Ontarians had a choice, the overwhelming majority would never pay a cent for wind and solar power. Wind and solar cost more than twice as much as power from other sources, and they cannot ever run most of the time.
That is why Ontarians don’t have a choice. They are being forced to pay premium rates for low-quality power sources that are just a public relations cover for more fossil fuel.