In an “editorial” designed to leverage the already-significant advertising dollars of its clients in the natural gas industry, the Ontario Clean Air Alliance contributed yet another blather-filled piece of sales literature in Monday’s Toronto Star.
Gas-fired generating plants in Ontario dumped more than 4.8 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2), the principal greenhouse gas, into Ontario’s air in the period January to June 2012. The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently said in a report that man-made CO2, like the stuff billowing out of Ontario gas plants, was responsible for a killer heat wave in Texas in 2011.
Cut to today, where my hometown, Ottawa Ontario, is suffering through the worst heat related drought in memory. I really don’t like reading about the gas lobby trying to sell more of their carbon-spewing product. Especially when there is a cheaper alternative that produces zero carbon.
The OCAA “editorial”—it’s actually an advertorial for which the gas lobby should have paid standard advertising rates, plus provincial and federal sales tax—follows OCAA’s standard propaganda line. Gas is expensive, so the public relations trick is to put on a straight face and say it isn’t.
Here’s a quote from another Star piece, one that is far more credible than the OCAA’s sales literature. It was written by John Spears just last week:
Gas-fired plants operate under contracts that pay their owners well above market rates, and in fact receive about one-third of payments funded by the global adjustment fee on consumer hydro bills.
The kicker is, those gas plants, which gobbled up nearly seven-twentieths of the GA, didn’t even produce three-twentieths of Ontario’s electricity from January to May of this year.
What produced the other 17-twentieths? Why, mostly nuclear plants, which dump zero grams of CO2 no matter how much electricity they produce.
Nuclear is by far our cleanest and cheapest option.