“Green energy is a scam.” So said Doug Ford, many times, en route to winning a massive majority government in Ontario on June 7. That statement, the sheer veracity of the content of which Kathleen Wynne, the soon-to-be-former premier, couldn’t acknowledge and Andrea Horvath, Ford’s number one competitor for Wynne’s job, wouldn’t admit, was remarkable. Not only was it true, as mentioned—it was also extremely rare. It represents, I believe (and feel free to correct me if I’m wrong), the first time in Canada that a winning candidate has said it. This is significant.
How much did the election result turn on that statement? It will be interesting to see what pollsters have to say about it, but we can expect that those who support this… well, scam… will downplay its importance in driving the election result (who wants to admit that something they supported caused the ignominious downfall of their governmental benefactors). People like me might tend to play it up. But I assure you that other governments across this country, including and especially the one headquartered in Ottawa, are paying attention. Those that think they are being refreshingly brave by implementing a climate change policy that is made artificially popular by the enthusiastic support of certain media types and industry proponents ought to, if for no other reason than their own political survival, rethink their allegiance to this artificially popular climate change mitigation policy. They ought to really think hard about what specific climate change policy they intend to implement on the public dime.
Though renewable energy proponents and their media cheerleaders point to Germany as an example of progressive climate policy, Mother Nature sees only the increased CO2 coming out of German power plants.
The Liberals chose two major bullet points straight out of the standard green playbook, points utterly devoid of imagination and critical thinking but deemed the way to go by the aforementioned media types and industry proponents:
- “Renewable” energy, and
- Cap and trade.
Empirically, neither of these has ever proven to reduce CO2. In fact, jurisdictions that have implemented both have increased CO2 emissions from the targeted sector, electricity generation. Germany is my favourite example. Though renewable energy proponents and their media cheerleaders point to Germany as an example of progressive climate policy, Mother Nature sees only the increased CO2 coming out of German power plants. Increased CO2 emissions, according to even renewable energy proponents and their media cheerleaders, are destabilizing the global atmosphere. Why they would then applaud the efforts of a country that has failed, over twenty years of hard and public and enthusiastically popular effort, to reduce CO2 to any degree is a bit of a mystery to me.
But regardless. The Liberals went that route, and today they lack official party status in the legislature. This is not because Conservatives or their voters are climate change deniers. It is because the Liberal approach to climate policy is outrageously expensive — so expensive that it has driven people in rural areas off the electrical grid and onto the minimum wage wood grid.1 This ugly reality is poohpoohed by both Liberals and their urban NDP fellow travellers, which may be part of the reason the NDP Orange Crush wave fizzled into a cheap, stale 7/11 slurpee. I attended a meet-and-greet with an urban NDP candidate in early April, before the election campaign had officially begun. He told me Germany is the way to go with climate change. He unfortunately won, like many other urban NDPers, who took the “progressive” vote from the Liberals.
But in this election, it did not matter that most of downtown Toronto, and some pockets of Ottawa and London, stayed orange/red. The rest of Ontario, especially the part that got ravaged by wind power — and that got stuck with paying the lion’s share of the cost of wind power — finally woke up.
Did Ford’s “green energy is a scam” slogan wake them up? Well, it didn’t hurt.
Alberta NDP: heed this result.
Federal Liberal government: ditto.
BC NDP, BC Greens, BC Liberals: double ditto.