Should one spend a little time examining the captioned report from Canada’s Minister of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC), Jonathon Wilkinson, one notes, he tries hard to obscure the fact the “carbon tax” will increase from its current $30/tonne to $170/tonne by 2030 and you will wind up bewildered.
Connecting the various claims, discloses a sense that whomever authored the report is a hypocrite! The report stated our Federal Government will spend “$15 billion in investments in addition to the Canada Infrastructure Bank’s $6 billion for clean infrastructure announced this fall as part of its growth plan”! Apparently extracting billions of tax dollars from our paychecks is a now a “growth plan”! The minister appears to view all Canadians as gullible sheep so spins hypocrisy in the reports 79 pages.
Examples of hypocrisy:
The report states: “Canada is the steward of some of the world’s most critical natural environments: 28% of the world’s boreal forest (“lungs” of the planet)” and in another section about boreal forests says:
“Canada is home to one quarter of the earth’s boreal forests and wetlands. As a member of both the High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People and the Global Ocean Alliance, Canada will push for targets to conserve 30% of the world’s lands.” Both of the two organizations have been endorsed by the UN.
In another section of the report the following is an example of how Wilkinson claims they are fighting “climate change”:
“The Canadian forest sector is working to advance Canada’s bioeconomy and create jobs while fighting climate change. For example, Granule 777 Inc., in Quebec, is building the first fully integrated industrial wood pellet and sawmill complex in Canada. The Government of Canada has invested $20 million in the project to enable the company to build the complex and acquire strategic and innovative production equipment. The new complex will generate wood pellets and biomass which can replace fossil fuels and lower emissions, while creating new jobs and diversifying the mill’s product base.”
Not sure how burning wood pellets for energy creation fights climate change? An article out of Columbia University notes “Today’s biomass-burning power plants actually produce more global warming CO2 than fossil fuel plants: 65 percent more CO2 per megawatt hour than modern coal plants and 285 percent more CO2 than natural gas combined cycle plants”.
Perhaps another observation from the report aims to neutralize the $20 million investment in the wood pellet and sawmill and at the same time satisfy Trudeau’s promise to Greta Thunberg, the “how dare you” young lady as it states:
“Invest up to $3.16 billion over 10 years, to partner with provinces, territories, non-government organizations, Indigenous communities, municipalities, private landowners, and others to plant two billion trees.”
As an aside, a Washington Post article from 2015 contained global tree counts by country and stated; Canada had 318.3 billion trees second only to Russia! It went on to note, “There are a whopping 8,953 trees per person in Canada.” We are # 1 in the world but Trudeau wants to up the count by another 600/700 trees per person. The “how dare you” teenager from Sweden should get busy planting as Sweden has only 3,200 trees per person. Should Canada plant the 2 billion trees for the $3.16 billion it would represent about $4,000 in additional taxes spent for a family of four with no benefit to the family.
The above reminded me of an article I posted in Energy Probe in March 2014 about the Drax coal plant in the UK being converted from coal to biomass titled “Biomass is carbon neutral and the world is flat”! DRAX imported their wood pellets from North and South America and presumably still does. In an article from 2013 the following claim was made: ”Drax calculates that this will reduce carbon emissions by 80 per cent compared to coal – a saving of some 10 million tonnes of CO2 a year compared to levels today. When all three units are done, Drax will use seven to eight million tonnes of wood pellets annually.” So, follow this logic: cutting down trees to manufacture wood pellets will reduce CO2 but live trees absorb CO2 so let’s plant more! Is this the new “circular economy”?
Yet another example of hypocrisy is evident is the following from the report: “The good news is that cleaner electricity is increasingly the least-cost source of power generation. According to the International Energy Agency, solar power is now the cheapest source of electricity in history.”
The foregoing “least-cost” reference is related to the “capital costs” per megawatt (MW) of solar but not the cost of generating a MW hour. A simple fact-check by Minister Wilkinson would have disclosed a federal department; the Canada Energy Regulator (CER) noted the following about solar power: “Capacity factors tend to be 18% or below in Canada.” In simple terms that means one would need anywhere from three to five times the solar capacity to match the output of nuclear, hydro, coal, natural gas or even biomass! As an example, to replace the 10,277MW of natural gas plants in Ontario would require a land area of about 300 square miles for solar panels, which is more land than Greater Toronto occupies.
The report rambles on suggesting: “The growing electricity sector will provide a wide range of jobs, from wind turbine and rooftop solar installers to software engineers developing new ways to improve Canada’s grids.” Had Wilkinson and his crew researched Ontario’s claims when they brought in the Green Energy Act in 2009, they would have discovered electricity costs rose well over 100% which caused job losses despite the initial claims it would create 50,000 jobs. The money spent connecting wind and solar generation to the grid was one of the reasons the cost of electricity shot up and caused a huge rise in energy poverty in the province!
Even more Hypocrisy
The following dissertation from the report also makes many incorrect claims: “In 2014, clean electricity made up the largest share of total clean energy exports at $7.7 billion. By 2019, the clean electricity and power equipment total grew to almost $9 billion, which is an annual rate of nearly 5.1%. Of the clean electricity total, 38% was for electricity exports, with the rest made up of equipment exports to help with renewable production as well as distribution and power-handling equipment.” 6
The ”6” highlighted suggests the authors of the report obtained their information elsewhere and it led to the IRPP (INSTITUTE FOR RESEARCH ON PUBLIC POLICY). A brief review of their March 31, 2020 annual report noted the Chair of the Board’s remarks stated: “The IRPP received a $10 million grant from the federal government to establish the Centre of Excellence on the Canadian Federation. We renovated and expanded our offices in Montreal to accommodate the Centre.” Noting where those tax dollars went, a look at the website of the Centre of Excellence on the Canadian Federation took me to an online magazine; “Policy Options” and one of their articles. The article posted November 17, 2020 was titled “Canada’s clean-energy gazelles are outperforming fossil fuels”! The author was Dave Sayer whose short bio claims he is “principal economist at the Canadian Institute for Climate Choices” (CICC) where he is one of the 17 staff benefiting from the $20 million of our tax dollars funding its creation. It should be noted I wrote four articles on CICC debunking many of their claims in reports they issued including one called “Charting our Course”! Reverting to the claim in the Healthy Environment and a Healthy Economy report and the $9 billion in exports of clean electricity and power equipment generated in 2019 it is obvious the authors used information from the Saylor’s article to draw their conclusions which is hypocritical based on readily available facts such as the following.
The cost to Ontario’s ratepayers for the 19.8 TWh exported in 2019 was about $2.5 billion. Those 19.8 TWh sold to our neighbours generated only $350 million in revenue from their sale. The claim in the report suggests all of Canada’s exports reputedly earned $3.4 billion (38% X $9 billion) but fails to mention the $2.150 billion of subsidies principally caused by wind and solar generation out of sync with demand. The power equipment sold was presumably small hydro turbines manufactured by Canadian companies and nothing to do with the “climate change” push. Canada has been a leader in hydroelectric power for well over a century including the manufacturing of them dating back to 1870.
The few selected claims above from the “Healthy Environment and a Healthy Economy “report highlight how eco-warriors twist facts and how our ruling politicians, be they Rhodes Scholars or drama teachers, use those twisted facts to demonstrate how hypocrisy has become the mantra of governing Canada! A truly sad state of affairs.