Ontario’s new premier must save the province

“Premier Ford must put Ontario back on a sane energy and environmental course … and show the world how to rebound from a green energy disaster.” – Paul Driessen

In a bid to help then-Premier Kathleen Wynne win reelection, Al Gore recently told Canadians that Ontario was an example of a government that was doing everything right. Canadian climate analysts Tim Ball and Tom Harris say Gore’s claim is completely off base. In reality, Ontario’s climate change and green energy policies were a disaster – an extreme example of what governments in Canada, the United States and around the world should not do.

Ontario voters apparently agree with Ball and Harris. Ex-Premier Wynne lost to Doug Ford, who will be sworn in as the province’s new premier on June 29.

Here, Ball and Harris explain how Ontario went wrong, and how climate science went off the rails – to become a highly politicized justification for controlling and reducing fossil fuel use and economic development throughout the world. In the process, Ontario’s consumer and small business electricity prices skyrocketed from 4.3 cents per kWh 24/7/365 in 2002 to 13.2 cents per kWh in 2018 during peak usage times. The predictable impact on jobs and families was ignored.

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Ontario’s new premier must save the province

Neither Ontario nor any country should follow its example on energy and environmental policies

Dr. Tim Ball and Tom Harris

On March 8, 2018, former US Vice President Al Gore visited Ontario, Canada in an attempt to help then-Premier Kathleen Wynne win the June 7 provincial election. Gore said, “I travel all over the world, and I cite Ontario as an example of a provincial government that is doing it right: creating jobs, building the base for economic progress, while also staving off the severe danger that the climate crisis poses to all of us.”

In reality, Ontario’s approach to climate change and so-called green energy has been a disaster – an extreme example of what governments around the world should not do. That may be part of the reason Ms. Wynne lost to Doug Ford.

Ontario’s situation is dire. In “Ontario MPP ‘proud’ of province’s debt and ‘would do it again’” (April 1, 2018), National Post writer Triston Hopper explained:

“Ontario’s debt, which currently stands at $311.7 billion, is the most held by any sub-sovereign government in the world. It has also grown precipitously under the current Liberal government, who first took government when Ontario’s debt stood at $138.8 billion.”

Crippling energy and environmental policies

To fix the province’s woes, new Conservative Premier Doug Ford must first understand the causes of the problems. A major issue has been crippling energy and environmental policies.

The real rot in Ontario began in 1992, when then-premier Bob Rae appointed businessman and former UN Under-Secretary-General Maurice Strong to be the Chairman of Ontario Hydro, the province’s publicly owned electricity utility.

At the time, Ontario was an economically sound, prosperous province. All this started to change when Strong applied the energy and environmental policies he proposed for the entire world through his creation of the United Nations Environmental Program and his chairmanship of the 1992 Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit (officially, the UN Conference on Environment and Development, UNCED).

At UNCED, Strong introduced Agenda 21, a global energy and environment policy of world-shattering implications, and got it ratified. It was also at the Earth Summit that world leaders signed the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The UNFCCC’s primary objective was defined as achieving “stabilization of greenhouse gas [GHG] concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic [human-caused] interference with the climate system.”

Under this scheme, the fact that in 1992 (and even today) we had no idea what concentration of GHGs would lead to “dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system” was immaterial. The die was cast. The world-wide climate alarm had begun.

The UNFCCC even redefined the basic guidelines for the UN’s climate science body, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The guidelines now restrict “climate change” to include only variations due to human activity. Specifically, Article 1 of the UNFCCC treaty states:

“‘Climate change’ means a change of climate which is attributed directly or indirectly to human activity that alters the composition of the global atmosphere and which is in addition to natural climate variability observed over considerable time periods.”

The definition predetermines the outcome of the IPCC’s work. In particular, since the IPCC is required to support the Framework Convention, it had to change its mandate from its original purpose of studying all causes of climate change to the UNFCCC’s political definition of manmade climate change.

So the IPCC’s mandate was changed to assessing “the scientific, technical and socio-economic information relevant to understanding the scientific basis of risk of human-induced climate change.…”

The problem is, you cannot determine the human effects unless you first know the extent and cause of natural climate change. The fact that we cannot meaningfully forecast the weather beyond 72 hours in advance demonstrates how little we understand about natural climate change and its causes.

But the new IPCC mandate worked perfectly to support Strong’s anti-development agenda. He needed “science” to prove that increasing GHG emissions from industrial activities (especially carbon dioxide or CO2) would cause dangerous global warming. Since rising emissions are a natural outcome of increasing global production, energy use and prosperity, linking emissions to alleged climate changes and extreme weather events allowed Strong to target the world’s major energy source: fossil fuels.

Once the science was determined, the bureaucracies of national offices such as Environment Canada could push policies to cripple energy production, industry and development. Other countries and regions were slow to adopt these principles, but in Ontario Strong was able to use his position at Ontario Hydro with impunity, to implement the crippling policies he orchestrated in Rio.

Diverting funds to alternate energies already shown not to work

In so doing, he stopped nuclear programs, closed coal plants, and diverted funds to alternate energies that were already shown not to work. As one report summarized:

“The electrical scam in Ont. started with the Bob Rae NDP government when Maurice Strong, Rae’s god-father, broke up Ontario Hydro. The electricity scam continued through the Harris and McGuinty Governments. Today Premier Kathleen Wynne and the liberal party administer the Enron styled electrical rate manipulation scam.”

Other premiers since, right through to Wynne, tried to privatize Ontario Hydro. But all failed to deal with the problem. Meanwhile, the cost of energy became an increasing drag on the economy and cost of living.

When Strong started as Ontario Hydro Chairman, the province had one of the most powerful provincial economies. It was consistently classified as a “have” province in the federal government equalization program, which begun in 1957 and designated provinces as “have” or “have not” based primarily on their ability to generate tax revenue.

In the ensuing grand socialist scheme, between 2012 through 2018, nearly C$121 billion was transferred from the “have” provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Saskatchewan to the “have not” provinces of Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Quebec – and Ontario. (See the table.)

Sapping the vigor of its economy

From Strong’s tenure onward, Ontario energy costs continued to sap the vigor of its economy. Once an industrial powerhouse and the home of hundreds of thousands of high-paying manufacturing jobs, Ontario lost many of these jobs when companies either left the province or went bankrupt. Contributing to the downward spiral were skyrocketing electricity prices.

For consumers and small businesses, electricity prices have increased from 4.3 cents per kilowatt-hour for all times of the day in 2002 to 13.2 cents per kWh in 2018 during peak usage times – a 200% rise. Electricity rates for larger businesses follow the market rate and so vary widely throughout the day. For example, at 5 pm on June 26, 2018, the rate was 22.14 cents per kWh!

Independent energy researcher and former Ontario Independent Electricity Market Operator board member Tom Adams concludes, “The root cause of Ontario’s power rate cancer started with the coal phase-out” – which went from 7,587 megawatts of coal-based electricity in 2003 to zero by 2014!

To supposedly “lead the world” in “stopping global warming,” the provincial government closed all of Ontario’s coal-fired electricity stations, which provided about 25% of the province’s then-inexpensive electricity in 2002. And yet, even in 2003, Ontario accounted for a measly 0.5% of global CO2 emissions.

A worthless sacrifice

So regardless of what one believes about the causes of climate change, the sacrifice was worthless.

Making matters even worse, the Ontario government spent billions of dollars erecting about 8,000 industrial wind turbines. In a report co-authored by University of Guelph economics professor Ross McKitrick, Mr. Adams noted: “Solar and wind systems provide just under 4 percent of Ontario’s power but account for about 20 percent of the average commodity cost.”

Electricity market expert and University of Montreal professor Pierre-Olivier Pineau has observed, today “Ontario is probably the worst electricity market in the world.”

And so, Ontario went from being an economic powerhouse to joining the ranks of “have not” provinces that receive payments from Canada’s equalization program.

Not surprisingly, access to abundant, reliable, inexpensive energy has been a major factor differentiating the “have” and “have not” provinces. Mostly because of Hibernia oil, Newfoundland and Labrador became a “have” province. The other “have” provinces are also energy-rich: Alberta, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan.

So, the question now is: Can premier-elect Doug Ford get Ontario back on track with a sound energy policy? There is no better place for him to start than by publicly opposing the myth that human CO2 emissions are causing dangerous global warming.

There is plenty of scientific evidence to support this. Ford need only consult the reports of the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change, which summarize thousands of studies from peer-reviewed scientific journals that either refute or cast serious doubt on the climate scare.

Let’s hope Ford uses this important tool – and that the next example Ontario sets for the world is how to rebound from a green energy disaster.

Dr. Tim Ball is an environmental consultant and former climatology professor at the University of Winnipeg. Tom Harris is executive director of the Ottawa-based International Climate Science Coalition.

 

 

 

 

 


14 thoughts on “Ontario’s new premier must save the province

  1. 13.2 cents/kWh is excessive? For businesses 22.14 cents!!! GASP. Wish we were that lucky.

    Here in Oz I pay 30 cents and I’m one of the fortunate ones. In South Australia they pay 50 cents+/kWh and have blackouts to boot. That’s the residential rate, businesses pay even higher rates. Any decent sized business in SA also has to foot the bill for constant hire of large back-up generators. Some supermarkets for instance had to dump all refrigerated goods 4 times in almost as many months.

    When you increase the price of power, you increase the price of everything. Our power was 10 cents/kWh retail before renewables and used to cost 3 cents/kWh to produce from our coal power stations. Any business that uses a lot of power or gas is staring down the barrel of destruction. Watch this space to see an entire country implode.

    God bless !#$%ing renewables.

  2. Ontario = 14.4 million has $312 BILLION in provincial debt???
    What did they do with all the money? Jeez, this is incredible; I really don’t think global bond investors have a grasp on that number. The long term chart of the Canadian Loonie back to 1995 is showing a gigantic head-and-shoulders top. Just a whisper of commodity deflation and they become Argentina. Chart: https://finviz.com/futures_charts.ashx?t=6C&p=m1

  3. Yes I’m from Australia and can vouch for this. This is the way that Globalists F over sovereign nations. That and teaching Men to be Feminist Cuck Slaves and to get off on watching interracial porn. They want to dumb down the West by importing lower IQ “refugees” It’s a War on the West, predominantly white races. Globalism is Marxism and Marxism is the Plague unleashed on the West.

    • [ Globalism is Marxism and Marxism is the Plague unleashed on the West ] ?

      “Wolf”, You are Correct !

      And to add to that, Marxism also = Satanism… !

      FightOn

    • Yes, but the elites agenda is to get rid of sovereign nations, and only have them(the elites) and a lower class. Middle class will not be able to afford any luxuries(like heating homes!) soon due to escalating government costs which is through massive mismanagement of government, especially taking on agenda 2021/2030. Wish we had a Trump in Australia, but we get a whimpy government, and an opposition who is forever negative about anything the government does (even if they repeat things that the opposition wanted!)
      Our electricity in SA (yes, the green state of the world that is a failure!) has risen again. Last year power bills a quarter for us $350, now $550.

  4. http://www.fullreport.ca/agenda-21-ontarios-shadow-government/

    Gee, seems Ontario citizens are getting fed up w Agenda 21 land seizures. Here’s a bit of a quote from the link:

    ” Ontario provincial government must provide fair and timely capital compensation to private landowners whose lives and property are marginalized by an ever-expanding web of regulations designed by anonymous bureaucrats and scheming NGOs. Moreover, it must immediately move to initiate and enact statutory recognition of the common law right of private citizens to own and enjoy land in this province. . . . Govt is advocating, in the guise of ecological preservation, transfer of economic control of other people’s property to the state by regulation without compensation.”

    Agenda 21 re: land-use is being implemented all around the globe at the LOCAL level. It’s already reached at least 4 counties in CA. They’re moving people out of the rural areas. 50% of North America is slated for “re-wilding”.

    It’s happening now, guys. All those people waiting for the bullets & the tanks. Huh-uh, it’s not happening. They’re using land-use regulations & all your prepping is for nada when they outlaw private property. The oligarchic-controlled UN says private property is unsustainable and supports inequality.

    Get educated. Here’s a link to start with https://www.corbettreport.com/un-agenda-21-exposed-with-rosa-koir.

  5. Exactly, but Australians can’t vote for an alternative government because the current alternative is hooked even more into the climate change cult. Next federal election will produce a multi-party hung parliament because many Australians will reject the cultist major parties.

  6. if hell exists then i hope Maurice is burning nicely!
    that charlatan ended up running n hiding in china when his scams got outed and he looked like having to face the music.
    one of my happiest days in years when i heard hed carked it!
    damage was done though;-(

  7. Premier Ford has to get Ontario up and running at a profit and get all the barriers to making life possible for the people out of the way.

    That means affordable energy, deflating home prices, regulatory reforms that encourages hiring workers. Upholding and defending what is normal and inline with natural and divine law. Making crown land available for sale to the homeless for a price the homeless can afford as an outright sale. It is better for them to obtain a stake in the country rather than to be blood sucked by landlords and dealers in intoxicants. It means stopping the debt clock by putting a stop to deficits. Just refuse to borrow and focus spending to where it can do the most good without borrowing and if need be create a provincial bank and get a license to print Canadian dollars without contracting debt to retire existing debt and fund productive spending. A provincial ban on real estate profiteering and price inflation would be good thing. The only people who should benefit economically from home construction are those who do the work needed to build the home. Capping prices at 3 years pay at minimum wage is worth considering. People need their speculative tendencies diverted into investing in productive ventures rather than into financial blood sucking or making life impossible for the next guy.

  8. Well in the US Trump is proving that rebellion is possible, but at a huge personal cost to himself. He is a very brave man since it takes a lot of guts to go against the Deep State.

    I would suspect that they continue to do everything possible to destroy the man.

    • The deep state seems to have co-opted the Donald some how. Either he was favourably inclined towards them enough to make deals with them or they have something on him to bend him to their will. Liberating the US might take more than an election.

  9. ” Liberating the US might take more than an election.”

    For sure! It took 50 years to get into this mess and will take many elections to reverse it. Trump is in this alone without the help of most of the powerful Republican politicians. Thus he might have to moderate his positions on some issues.

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