Why Politicians Should Never Run Anything–Part 415

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    Do not think about, write about or deal with  human behavior without determining the effects of incentives. It’s not their money, of course they’ll waste it.

  A large blizzard is currently on top of New York dumping many inches of snow. This will not provide any cognitive dissonance for those who believe in Global Warming because their theory is more dear to them than any data. There is no requirement from the Theory of Global Warming, by the way, for weather to become more variable as the Earth becomes uninhabitably Warm. Where are the hurricanes and the Arctic Ice Melting, one may ask?

What does it mean when commentators say the Greeks will no longer “tolerate” austerity? What choice do they have? Where is the money to come from? Stay tuned.

   Wherein we see that we are generating wind power which we then sell at a loss–Global Warming, watch out!

Ending Ontario’s wind experiment
National Post

Our electricity system has been forced to dump more than double the amount of power generated by wind turbines

How do we ensure that when one government abuses its power, we don’t have to live with the consequences for a generation? Through the supremacy of our democratically elected legislative assembly in Ontario.

In 2009, the Ontario Liberals misused their majority when they stripped municipalities of their longstanding land planning rights in order to impose the wind turbine experiment. They then used executive orders to hand out sole-sourced deals to line the pockets of their wind developer friends. These 20-year deals provide guaranteed pricing to developers for wind power that is above market rates — because wind power cannot be produced in Ontario at reasonable market rates. They also guarantee revenue even when turbines are asked not to produce wind power.

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  This jurisdiction has also banned fracking–Feeling smug is ever so much more important than economic progress.

The Ontario Liberals deliberately ignored the interests and wishes of rural Ontario and made all consumers, both urban and rural pay for it— to the tune of $1 billion to $3 billion annually, with increases projected every year. That’s $20 billion to $60 billion over the next two decades. This accounted for only 3.4% of Ontario’s electricity generating capacity, but represented 20% of the total commodity cost of electricity in the province.

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    3.4% of the electricity for 20% of the cost. As politicians say, “Isn’t that how business is supposed to work?”

And the bad news doesn’t end there — for the last two years, our electricity system has been forced to dump more than double the amount of power generated by wind turbines into other jurisdictions, and at a 75% discount on what we paid to produce it.

Why? Because we are producing more electricity than we need, and because the wind turbines in Ontario produce most of their power during off-peak hours — when we don’t need it all.

And how are the turbines helping the environment? Since wind power is unreliable, it requires additional backup power from other generation sources, such as gas-fired generation, which — you guessed it — increases air emissions.

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   Produces electricity when it isn’t needed and requires 100% backup generating capacity. That’s good generatin’.

France, Belgium, Italy, and Spain have all had to reverse course on wind power. The reason — the exorbitant costs on consumers with no benefit.

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      As they say in politics, who cares about high costs with no concomitant benefits–it’s politics?

So how do we get out of this mess? If a future government issued another executive order to terminate the McGuinty-Wynne wind power scheme and keep it out of public view, then taxpayers would be on the hook for the entirety of the commitments — as was done by Dalton McGuinty in 2010 with the proposed power plants in Mississauga and Oakville, Ont. If, however, the democratically elected legislature passed an explicit statute to end the wind power rip-off, Ontario could determine what compensation, if any, would be paid, and to whom. Enacting legislation to repeal the Liberal wind power boondoggle is the right way forward.

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     Why take care of our own affairs when we have incompetents to do it for us?

Government Job or Respect–Which’ll It Be?
Cheerio and ttfn,
Grant Coulson, Ph.D.
Author, “Days of Songs and Mirrors: A Jacobite in the ‘45.”
Cui Bono–Cherchez les Contingencies

 

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