Ontario and California demonstrate there is no hope of a “Green Recovery” as PM Trudeau and Finance Minister Freeland believe

Shortly after Finance Minister Freeland and Prime Minister Trudeau touted how the planned recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic would be focused on the “Green Recovery” and “decarbonization” BNN/Bloomberg ran an online poll.  The poll asked only one question which was: “Do you agree with Chrystia Freeland about the need to decarbonize Canada’s economy?”  So far 70% of those responding to the poll said “NO”!  Perhaps those 70% have heard what recently happened in California where rolling blackouts occurred frequently as the renewable generation from wind and solar fell flat during a heat wave. Many will also be familiar with the Ontario “green energy” debacle led by the McGuinty/Wynne Liberal Premiers!

Hydro Quebec annually publish a Comparison of  Electricity Prices in Major North American Cities and the 2019 report suggests the average residential household in San Francisco paid CA31.11 cents/kWh and in Toronto 13.89 cents/kWh.  What the report doesn’t disclose is Toronto’s rate was heavily subsidized due to high residential rates created by the GEA (Green Energy and Green Economy Act).

Going back to 2003 when we lived in Toronto, Toronto Hydro supplied our electricity and in reviewing a bill from mid-July to mid-September of that year the all-in rate per kWh (inclusive of distribution charges, taxes, the debt retirement charge, etc., etc.); works out to 9.4 cents/kWh.

If I fast forward to our September 2017 electricity bill from Hydro One it works out to 13.73 cents/kWh. The foregoing makes it appear the increase in the average cost was perhaps less than the inflation rate, but one should recall just prior to that date the Wynne led government of Ontario passed the “Fair Hydro Plan” (FHP).  Examining our bill discloses it had been reduced by 34.7% due to the FHP.  Adding the FHP subsidy to the bill and recalculating the per kWh cost indicates it was actually 20.7 cents/kWh and would translate into an increase of 11,3 cents/kWh (up 120%) since 2003!

Finally, if I examine my most recent bill from Hydro One, on the surface it suggests the cost per kWh was up slightly from September 2017 to 14.97 cents/kWh for an increase of 9% in those three years. The bill however also discloses a hefty subsidy from the taxpayers and when included, the costs show the price to be 28.05 cents/kWh which is only slightly less than what those living in San Francisco were paying in 2019.  If you look back to 2003 when our residential rate was 9.4 cents the increase was 18.85 cents per kWh or 200% resulting in a tripling of the costs per kWh. That sure beats the inflation rate.

The blame for the tripling in costs can be laid on the doorsteps of the Ontario Liberal Party who were relegated to non-party status in the last election.  Voters, who are also ratepayers, showed their disdain for the GEA and its acquiesce to those, like Gerald Butts who controlled the OLP agenda!  Butts and his co-workers like Ben Chin convinced the McGuinty government of the impending doom of using fossil fuels and its reputed effect on “climate change” and the acquisition of wind and solar generation began.  The results were high rates which created a spike in “energy poverty” and subsequent job losses!

The Canadian Finance Minister, Ms. Freeland and her superior, Prime Minister Trudeau and the rest of his caucus should take a long hard look at what happened in California and Ontario before they endorse decarbonization or all of Canada will be on its way to ruin and perhaps “rolling blackouts” will be the result across the country.

Give the voters of Canada credit for recognizing a future disaster that will relegate Canada to the status of Venezuela should the Liberal Party of Canada push their “Green Recovery” agenda.

Pay close attention to the BNN/Blomberg poll!

Trudeau prepares to roll out radical environmental agenda

I was once again invited to be a guest on the Marc Patrone show on SAUGA 960 AM on Tuesday August 18, 2020 to discuss a variety of issues surrounding the energy sector in Canada and the planned “green” agenda that set Ontario back.  That green agenda now appears about to be rolled out by the Trudeau led Federal Government.

It’s about a ten minute chat about the foregoing and you can find it here starting at minute 50.29 of the podcast:

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or here: https://newstalkcanada.com/?page_id=1177

 

 

Marc Patrone Show: Will Trudeau/Butts radical environmental agenda derail over scandal?

Should you want to listen to the podcast of me on the Marc Patrone Show on NEWSTALK SAUGA 960 AM this morning (July 23, 2020) you can find in either on the podcast starting at 30.40 here:

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or on the NEWSTALK CANADA website here:

Parker Gallant: Will Trudeau/Butts radical environmental agenda derail over scandal?

 

How best to shut down the Canadian Economy? It’s Complicated!

On June 7, 2020 the Globe and Mail published an article by Adam Radwanski criticizing an earlier piece by Christopher Ragan and Andrew Potter of McGill University. The McGill team advocated the “green recovery” plan as an “excellent opportunity to substantially increase the federal carbon tax”–“rather than trying to pick climate-change winners through government spending”. Ragan, founder of the Ecofiscal Commission, and a strong advocate for the carbon tax, has suggested it would have to increase to $210/tonne to be effective in the reduction of emissions to contain global warming.

Radwanski’s article shows he isn’t a huge fan of the carbon tax. In his words: “it’s hard to imagine any government deciding to immediately “double or triple” a carbon price in the middle of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.” Anyone with a small amount of common sense would support his view! Raising taxes as we try to emerge from a chronic financial crisis and record unemployment rates does seem a bad plan. As Radwanski notes, the government would need to impose “huge costs on businesses”. This would likely result in many businesses either failing or moving to friendly jurisdictions like the US that have pulled out of the Paris Accord and where only a few states impose carbon taxes.

Radwanski’s article then undertakes a review of other options for intervention – and subsidization. These are just the sorts of things the Eco-Fiscal Commission argued against. He speaks favourably about government subsidizing building retrofits and electric vehicle purchases which he says are: “two of the most obvious potential stimulus measures”. He goes on to say the public won’t buy EVs “if there isn’t enough charging infrastructure” implying the need for government support there too. He notes that transit systems can’t afford to buy electric buses due to ridership drops and opines how the Feds could help finance their purchases. He also expresses concern and the need “to accelerate the end of coalfired power” and avoid “a looming ramp-up of gas-fired energy generation in Ontario.” Interestingly, he avoids mentioning the fact that the very same “gas-fired energy generation” in Ontario is required to back up the McGuinty/Wynne contracted intermittent and unreliable wind and solar generation that drove up energy costs.

Radwanski’s conclusion? The shift – by which he seems to mean to a green future – is going to require more than one policy tool. One assumes he means some combination of carbon taxes and various interventions that pick favourites with government subsidies.

And that’s where Mr Gerald Butts and Mr Bruce Lourie enter the conversation.

The former, in his tweet of June 9th said: “Strong piece by @aradwanski just set the global standard for a clean recovery”! Hours later Bruce Lourie’s response was simply: “It’s complicated”!

Well there you go. Two leading architects of the last two decades of interventionist and expensive government action on energy in Ontario and Canada applaud a piece saying, in sum, that we need more, not less, taxation and intervention going forward.

The Green Energy Act – where both Butts and Lourie had a hand – resulted in Ontario having some of the highest electricity prices in North America. But there is no talk of that here. There is no talk of how all those programmes and policies they thought up have hurt affordability, and with it our competitiveness. No, all we get is the statement that Radwanski’s call for more initiatives is setting a “global standard” and the very helpful comment that “it’s complicated.” Lourie and Butts are greenwashing Canada’s taxpayers and seem hell-bent on further destroying the Canadian economy –their new “Resilient Recovery” initiative is a case in point.

What none of these people -= Ragan, Potter, Butts, Lourie or Radwanski ever talk about is the fact that the Canadian consumer is being hit again and again with more and more costs. When will this end? Only when someone steps forward and says stop – pull out of the Paris Accord, abandon ridiculous targets that hurt Canadians, and get on with allowing Canadians to get on with trying to recover from these messes. It isn’t that complicated!

NB:  Also published on Canadians for Affordable Energy.

How best to shut down the Canadian Economy? It’s Complicated!

Dan McTeague, former Liberal MP and well known as the “Gas Price Wizard” is also President of Canadians for Affordable Energy. Dan invited me to submit a post which is now up on that website.

It covers a fair amount of ground referencing a couple of Globe & Mail articles and the reaction to them by Gerald Butts and Bruce Lourie.  I think you will find it interesting and not too “complicated”!   Find it here:

http://www.affordableenergy.ca/lourie_and_butts_wrestle?utm_campaign=how_best_to_shut_down&utm_medium=email&utm_source=affordableenergy

The Lourie Butts Team Returns and Strives to Be “Resilient”

The recent announcement about Gerald Butts, former principal secretary to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, being a member of a newly created “Task Force for a Resilient Recovery”, garnered lots of media attention.  Missing from most of the MSM writeups however was a key fact; Bruce Lourie, President of the Ivey Foundation helped to organize the “Task Force”! Surprisingly the CBC noted this whereas most other media outlets missed that, focusing instead, on Gerald Butts’s return to Ottawa!

Butts and Lourie were the team that brought Ontarians the GEA (Green Energy Act), responsible for doubling electricity prices in the Province and driving away businesses to other jurisdictions offering cheaper energy prices.  Butts worked on the inside of the Ontario Liberal Party as Premier McGuinty’s principal advisor while Lourie “initiated the campaign to shut down coal-fired power plants ” in the province and “helped shepherd the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement, one of the world’s largest conservation efforts, as well as the establishment of the Ontario Greenbelt,“. Lourie was also appointed by McGuinty as; a director of the OPA (merged with IESO), the Trillium Foundation and the Premier’s  “Climate Change Advisory Board”. Eight years ago, I had occasion to write several articles related to Lourie and cobbled together a spider web showing the myriad of environmental groups he claimed he established and others where he exerted influence.  A link to the article and the “spider web” can be found here!

Changing the Narrative:   It is interesting to note the “Task Force” (in the announcement from the Smart Prosperity Institute,* formerly Sustainable Prosperity), claim they are “a new and independent group of finance, policy and sustainability leaders”.  Also interesting is the fact they label themselves a “Task Force”!  It seems to be characteristic of the “climate change” advocates to name themselves a “commission”, eg: Ecofiscal Commission) or in this case, “task force”.  The former is normally used to signify a group appointed by government and the latter is frequently used by the armed forces such as NATO.

The use of the adjective “resilient” also seems to have replaced the word “sustainable”; perhaps a signal the Covid-19 pandemic and lock-down scared the renewable energy eco-warriors into thinking they may be flogging a dead horse?

The other word in the announcement catching the eye is “new”!  While the “organizations” name is new, many of the members have been around for years pushing the same agenda. One of those is Stewart Elgie, Executive Chair of the Smart Prosperity Institute.  Elgie is a member of the Ecofiscal Commission, Founding Executive Director of the Canadian Boreal Foundation and founder of Ecojustice, claimed as “Canada’s largest environmental law charity”!  To top that off he is a Professor, Law and Economics at the University of Ottawa.  Obviously being an eco-warrior can be a rewarding career!

Another striving, in a seeming effort to confuse the public, is Lourie and others will change the names of their environmental (see above name change of Sustainable Prosperity) or charitable organization(s) to avoid researchable data.  In Lourie’s case they are structures he claims he founded, such as the charity, CEGN (Canadian Environmental Grantmakers Network) now called, Environment Funders Canada.

It appears the Butts/Lourie connection and the relationship with Justin Trudeau also goes back in time, including a 2003 canoe trip.  As noted in a 2003 article about the trip: “He (referencing Justin Trudeau) joined Herb Norwegian, Suza’ Tseto, Ed Stuzik, Gerald Butts, Bruce Lourie, and several CPAWS conservationists for the seven-day trip down the South Nahanni.”

As if to confirm the Butts/Lourie relationship a May 28, 2020 Butts tweet stated:

“@gmbutts Finally, the work we are doing under @brucelourie’s excellent leadership is a volunteer, non-partisan contribution to Canadian public policy debate. it is received in that spirit by sensible people of all political stripes who care about #ClimateChange.”

From this readers perspective it appears, Gerald Butts’s tweet is an admission Bruce Lourie is superior to him in respect to salability on the issue of “climate change”! He suggests only “sensible people” believe in the diatribe dispensed by him and the other members of the “task force”, ie; if you don’t agree you are “insensible”!**

Butts also pushes the envelope in his linkedin post suggesting he was “Principal Secretary to the Premier” from “Nov 1999—Aug 2008”!   The records show Dalton McGuinty officially became Premier, October 23, 2003!  The foregoing suggests someone’s records are incorrect and we should surmise it is none other than Gerald Butts!  Perhaps the claim infers, from his perspective, he considers himself “resilient” even when he stretches the truth!

The opinion of most logical thinkers and scientists is; “manmade” climate change is insignificant compared to the natural forces affecting temperature changes and no matter how effective or ineffective Canada is in reducing emissions it will have minimal effect as we emit only 1.6% of all global emissions!

Mankind has been “resilient” for centuries and there is no reason Canadians should toss away our current and future economic abilities due to the preaching’s of the cabal of eco-warriors!

Let’s stay sensible and resilient for the right reasons not for the ones Butts and Lourie pronounce!

*The bulk of funders of the Smart Prosperity Institute are Federal and Provincial Ministries using taxpayer dollars as well as several charitable foundations, such as Tides Canada who support “global warming” theories.

**Oxford defines insensible as “unconscious, numb, without feeling”.

Climate Change Activists and their Strange Bedfellows

For a couple of decades, individuals and environmental groups around the world voiced the view that AGW (anthropogenic global warming), now referenced as “climate change”, was an upcoming catastrophic event, unless we humans curb emissions of CO2. An increase of earth’s average temperature of 1.5 degrees by the year 2100 forecast by the UNIPCC, would reputedly destroy mankind.  Politicians around the world bought into the premise; it was mankind causing the climate to change!

Those politicians, inspired by eco-warriors insisted; we must stop using fossil fuels or we are doomed.

Those who weren’t completely sold on the “premise” (this writer included) as time went on, lost faith in the forecasts and the uptake of the pseudo-science the UNIPCC and others proclaimed. More and more evidence of their bad forecasts were slowly laid bare. The claims made; looked to be nothing more than a giant “Ponzi scheme” or simply ignorance among those screaming the loudest.

Politicians around the world however, bought into the claims! Those politicians agreed technology like; wind turbines, biomass, ethanol, solar cells, electric cars, etc. were a way to end fossil fuel usage and save mankind from the catastrophe.  Politicians rushed to buy into the foregoing even though the technology associated with most of it was developed in the late 1800’s or early 1900’s.  Legislation, regulations, mandates, etc. were passed with increasing frequency to achieve the goals set by the eco-warriors! Electricity rates and other fuel costs shot up in countries where government subsidies were mandated and taxpayers paid for them. Those actions have cost trillions of dollars globally!

Needless to say the push to discard fossil fuels in Canada reached an epiphany in the minds of the eco-warriors as Canadians elected a minority Liberal government last fall.  Support would come from the NDP, the Green Party and the Bloc!  The election results would surely deliver their objectives!

Suddenly however, Canada and the rest of the world were caught up in the Covid-19 pandemic and “climate change” was relegated to an issue well down the list of priorities. The pandemic however, didn’t discourage those eco-warriors as they joined hands and sent dozens of letters to parliament claiming “climate change” needed to be treated as the next major catastrophic event.

Even as government deficits climbed those eco-warriors and their corporate compatriots such as CanWEA joined together. Robert Hornung of CanWEA even had the gall to suggest on March 24, 2020 to “Bloomberg Law”* that: “Among possible renewable energy measures, the federal government could speed up the Canada Infrastructure Bank’s construction of green projects, Robert Hornung, President of the Canadian Wind Energy Association, said.” The group also suggested the government increase the amount of renewable energy it consumes.” The same article quotes Chris Severson-Baker, Alberta’s regional director at the Pembina Institute in respect to Alberta Premier Kenny’s ask of “the federal government to suspend any new environmental regulations, including any increase in a national carbon tax.”  Kenny’s request upset Severson-Baker who said; “It’s total opportunism to talk about targeting those things”.  Apparently, he believes it’s OK to tax us all while creating further unemployment in the middle of this economic meltdown while our governments spend our future taxes by the tens of billions of dollars and many companies lose their ability to survive. 

Very recently eco-warriors have become totally silent, perhaps due to the recent release of Michael Moore’s documentary; Planet of the Humans on Earth Day (April 22nd).  Since its “free” release, just four days ago on YouTube it has had almost 2.4 million views.

The documentary delves into the relationship between eco-warriors and certain capitalists such as Michael Bloomberg, Richard Branson, Al Gore, Jeremy Grantham, GM, Goldman Sachs, Koch Brothers, and several others.  Along the way it discloses how both groups benefited by feeding false information to the media and to those of us absorbing the messages repeated by the MSM.

The film dispels the reputed benefits of industrial wind turbines, solar panels, ethanol fuels, biomass, EVs and their batteries and highlights either the incompetence and or lies spread by eco-warriors in their push to save the world. The film brings out the fact those sources of energy actually do more harm than good for the environment and have little if any effect on emissions.

The fact the film connects eco-warriors to the corporate elite suggests the collaboration is really about extracting monies from the general population more than it was about saving the planet. To this writer it certainly appears to have been one of the biggest “Ponzi schemes” ever perpetrated but will we ever know the truth?

*It is worth noting Bloomberg Law is a part of the Bloomberg Industry Group founded by Michael Bloomberg the former Democratic Presidential candidate and multi-billionaire, mentioned in Michael Moore’s documentary “Planet of the Humans”.

Canada’s Eco-warriors work to Create Canezuela

The word “fabricate” always comes to mind when reading press releases from the renewable energy crowd like CanWEA and CanSIA but not in the good way meaning to “construct or manufacture”!  Instead what enters the mind is the first definition of the word which is to “invent (false information)”!  That latter definition was in recent full display in respect to several press releases coming from CanWEA, CanSIA, Waterpower Canada and a few others.

Specifically, the press releases were in respect to a letter signed by 12 parties addressed to PM Trudeau and was assumedly fabricated by Merran Smith, Executive Director, Clean Energy Canada, Simon Fraser University with the major theme being:

The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the vulnerability of the systems Canadians rely on, systems that stand to be similarly disrupted by climate-related impacts in the future absent a sustained and accelerated effort to mitigate carbon pollution while enhancing systemic resilience.”

Comparing the Covid-19 pandemic to the “climate emergency” is quite a stretch, ie: “fabrication”! The Covid-19 pandemic took just three months to severely impact the world’s economy whereas those shouting the world will end because of global warming unless we reduce carbon emissions has been their message for three decades.

The forecast that systems will be “similarly disrupted by climate-related impacts; is a fabrication!  No mention is made in the letter that emissions will contribute to “global warming” which has been the favourite dogma of the eco-warriors. Perhaps avoiding the term “global warming” is because recent evidence suggests increased emissions are not having that effect, as many real scientists have noted. A very recent headline in fact stated “Artic April Grips North America Breaking Hundreds of All-time Records” and looking back to April 2018 we were also experiencing an extremely cold April and meteorologists proclaimed: “April 2018 will likely end up being in the top 5 of the coldest in recorded history.”  These events (facts) are perhaps throwing a “wet blanket” on the past “global warming” forecasts by those reputed experts?

It is worth recalling a decade ago, “climate alarmists” and the “renewable energy” crowd convinced our naïve OLP Premier, Dalton McGuinty and Minister of Energy, George Smitherman, to create the GEA. Here is a look back at Smitherman’s and McGuinty’s quote’s in the Toronto Star in early 2009:  “Ontario’s Green Energy Act will create 50,000 new jobs in construction, trucking and engineering while laying the groundwork for developing projects more quickly, Energy Minister George Smitherman said today.”  “Premier Dalton McGuinty said while he understood a switch from making cars to making wind turbines may not be easy for workers in Ontario, green technology is key to boosting the province’s economy.”  Hmm, wonder how that turned out!

Fast forward from those days in early 2009 to see similar claims in the April 3, 2020 letter to our self-isolating PM signed by Robert Hornung. President of CanWEA and the other eleven who are either; not-for-profit eco-warrior groups or associations of “clean energy” industries, like CanSIA, WaterPower Canada, Electric Mobility Canada or Advanced Biofuels Canada etc.

The letter notes Clean Energy Canada commissioned a “modeling” by Navius Research and the result apparently was what they wanted and/or asked for.  Navius Research is a small research company whose employees/research experts seem to be products of the same University (Simon Fraser) housing Clean Energy Canada yet the letter to the PM didn’t disclose the conflicted connection.

The claim in the letter suggesting, “The analysis found that by 2030 Canada’s clean energy sector will employ 559,400 Canadians—in jobs like insulating homes, manufacturing electric vehicles and charging infrastructure, and ​building and maintaining renewable electricity projects​” is a rehash of what Ontarians were told except the claims are ten (10) times bigger.  Funnily enough, the employment levels suggested are actually less than those Natural Resources Canada reported as being employed (2018) in the oil and gas and related sectors in their recent “Energy Fact Book 2019-2020”.  Their facts state the oil and gas sector represented 7.7% ($160 billion) of Canada’s GDP and had direct and related employment of 576,000 jobs including 10,000 Indigenous people.

Most Canadians, if confronted with those two sets of facts, would be inclined to accept data provided by NRCAN rather than a prejudicial report from a small research firm whose experts were trained by those pushing to “mitigate carbon pollution”.

Just to “rub a little salt in the wounds” of Canadian taxpayers, Navius Research received approximately 20 contracts from the Federal Ministries of Natural Resources Canada and Environment and Climate Change Canada valued in the neighbourhood of $800 thousand over the past several years.

The time has come to stop the madness of the eco-warriors who seem determined to turn Canada into Canezuela!

Easter Weekend and Wind Generators Gorged on Ontario’s Chocolates

Since the McGuinty led, Ontario Liberal government, passed the Green Energy Act in 2009 handing out lucrative above market contracts, Ontario ratepayers have been saddled with increasing costs. Industrial wind generators tend to produce more energy in the middle of the night and during the Spring and Fall when demand is at its lowest levels.  Easter weekend was atypical!

Average demand during a mid-January or mid-July weekend typically has a daily average of just under 400,000 MWh but in the Spring and Fall Ontario’s weekend demand is normally 100,000 MWh less and the past Easter weekend was no exception.  According to IESO’s Daily Market Summaries for April 10th, 11th and 12th the average daily Ontario demand was 293,400 MWh. If one does the math the hourly average demand over the three days was 12,225 MWh, easily supplied by nuclear which averaged over 10,000 MW over the 72 hours and hydro at an average of less than 4,000 MW.  In one hour when wind generation dropped and demand increased hydro ramped up to over 4,800 MW so together nuclear and hydro could have easily supplied all of our needs even when Ontario demand peaked at 14,174 MW.

Unfortunately, those “must take” contracts granted to wind and solar generators meant IESO were obliged to either accept their generation or pay to curtail what they might generate.  Over those three days, lESO accepted approximately 125,000 MWh of wind generation to the grid and curtailed 84,400 MWh.  The cost of the grid accepted and curtailed wind power works out to a cost of $213.44/MWh or about $26.9 million for unneeded power.

Saying the electricity wind generated was unneeded is not a misnomer, as over those three days we exported 250,000 MWh which was double grid accepted wind.  To make the obvious more obvious IESO sold exports at an average price of $2.71/MWh so if we assume all of the wind generated electricity was exported it would have generated $339 thousand while costing $26.9 million.  Even paying the idling costs (about $10K per month per MW) on the 9,500 MW capacity of gas plants (to back up wind and solar generation) only cost us about $9 million for the three days. The other exported power of 125,000 MWh over those three days cost us the GA (Global Adjustment).  Based on IESO’s first estimate for April the forecast of the GA at $137.07/MWh would mean the additional 125,000 MWh exported; cost ratepayers/taxpayers another $17.1 million.  I am confident we were spilling hydro and paying for it too but IESO don’t disclose that information (transparency is frequently not in their vocabulary).

Summing up  

Adding the costs of wind generation of $26.9 million to the costs of the other exported generation of $17.1 million and deducting the revenue from the sale of the exports of  $600K would see Ontario ratepayers/taxpayers paying $43.4 million over the three days for NOTHING!  Something is inherently wrong with the management of our electricity system despite all of those well-paid public servants operating it.  Thank god it was a cloudy weekend or solar costs would have added to the burden.

Spurious Claims 

While researching the above I was made aware of a letter sent to our esteemed (sarcasm intended) Prime Minister signed by over 250 people  principally associated with universities.  The letter was posted on the website of the National Observer and focused on telling the PM to not execute a “bail-out” for the oil and gas sector.  The following paragraph with its obvious connection to what Ontario has experienced as a result of the Provincial Liberals passing the GEA, displays either their inability to see the obvious or, their complete lack of common sense!  To wit:

 “It inot acceptable to give privileged access to big business associations while excluding representatives from trade unions, universities, municipalities, Indigenous communities and non-profit organizations that work on behalf of the public interest.

Public investment in oil and gas at this time is a highly speculative proposition, and particularly unwise given the urgent need for strategic investments in economic recovery.”

Taxpayers annually hand out hundreds of billions to all of those groups they suggest are “excluded” and the money they receive is generated by the private sector including those in the oil and gas businesses and their supply stream.

Had those professors and reputed experts bothered to examine big business associations such as CanWEA or CanSIA to determine how much they extract from Canadian ratepayers/taxpayers in after-tax dollars they might have been shocked. The Easter weekend in Ontario demonstrates what “privileged access” really looks like!

Looking ahead

Perhaps the time has arrived for Premier Ford to use the Province’s declaration of the “State of Emergency” to reduce payments to wind and solar generators as part of the pandemic exercise.  Unlike so many other companies in Ontario the operators of wind and solar generation have not stepped forward to assist in the fight against Covid-19 and the economic cost to the country. They just want our money.

Time to take away wind and solar generators “privileged access”!

We are in the midst of an Eco-charities panic

It seems readily apparent the ENGO (environmental non-government organizations) are in a panic mode as the Covid-19 pandemic has swept the purported “climate emergency” from the front pages to the back pages of the MSM. Their concerns are no doubt focused on possible outcomes that will impact them significantly such as:

1.Their fans/donors may be distracted or become unemployed due to the pandemic!

2.Their fans may not have the available dollars to donate to the cause(s) they tout;  to eliminate carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 or 2050 (pick your target) and save the world from a 1.5 degree “average” temperature increase by the year 2100.

3.Those eco-charities who pushing  the “carbon tax” may find the Liberal government will have no money to hand out via grants to them as they did in the past!

A recent example of the panic was evident in a tweet by Tzeporah Berman who shouted out: “It’s now been two weeks since Finance Minister Bill Morneau told reporters that a Big Oil bailout was coming in “hours, possibly days” – and details still haven’t been announced. It’s clear that our pressure is working. You can chip in here to keep it growing:  xxxxx.  Thanks to the growing public outcry around a Big Oil bailout, we’re now hearing reports that the Liberal party is increasingly divided around what to do. This is encouraging, but the government still has the power to announce a massive handout to oil and gas companies at any time – and they haven’t ruled it out. It’s time to pull out all the stops. With our friends at Leadnow, we’ve come up with a plan to splash our message all over the CBC news website, at a time when millions of Canadians are consuming online news like never before. Just several months ago Ms. Berman was reputedly awarded a $2 million prize by The Climate Breakthrough Project so she personally could afford to pay up for the CBC ad to push her anti oil and gas agenda.

Recently Ms. Berman* wrote an article for the National Observer wherein she stated: “our government pouring billions of taxpayer dollars into fossil fuel subsidies years after commitments made at the G20 that those would be phased out.“  Apparently Tzeporah Berman and her loyal followers are completely unaware that none other than the Chair of the Ecofiscal Commission, Chris Ragan, interviewed by Steve Paikin on TVO’s “The Agenda” was asked the question: ”What about subsidizing fossil fuels, what we do to the tune of $1 billion per year?” Ragan’s response:  “We as a country do not have explicit fossil fuel subsidies.”  Ragan was recently appointed as a Director of the Canadian Institute of Climate Choices, funded with $20 million of our tax dollars.  The Ecofiscal Commission recommended the “carbon tax” in Canada should be $210/tonne to reduce emissions so we should expect the same to come from the CICC!

There are many others working to shut down the oil and gas sector. Several groups of ENGO have taken to writing letters to Prime Minister “sunny daze” himself, begging him to shut the sector down:

Green Budget Coalition 

The Green Budget Coalition is made up of 22 of the eco-charities pushing “environmental sustainability” and they penned a letter April 8, 2020 to the Prime Minister, the Deputy PM and the Finance Minister.  The letter suggests:  “Large-scale financial interventions designed with climate, ecosystem, social and economic resilience in mind will improve Canadians’ well-being in the wake of the pandemic, not only in economic terms, but also in terms of the health, social and environmental benefits of reduced GHG emissions, employment in a more equitable and sustainable economy, and flourishing biodiversity. “They also suggest we are in a “climate emergency” stating:  “consider the next steps in Canada’s response to COVID-19 in the context of the unrelenting concurrent crises that threaten our well-being in the long term: the climate emergency and the precipitous decline in biodiversity largely driven by habitat loss.”

Climate Action Network

The Climate Action Network has 105 members and they too have penned a letter to PM Trudeau and CC-ed it to “Federal Cabinet Ministers”!  Collectively they claim to have 1.3 million members; or about the same number as those who just became unemployed due to the pandemic. Their letter states: “The federal government has the opportunity with this stimulus package to immediately and directly support workers in Alberta and across the country while also investing in what is needed to grow and support a low carbon economy, and the kind of economy that can weather storms.”  The letter goes on to state: “Oil and gas companies are already heavily subsidized in Canada and the public cannot keep propping them up with tax breaks and direct support forever.”  It appears they too, do not believe one of their ilk, ie: Chris Ragan, (see above), who stated “We as a country do not have explicit fossil fuel subsidies.”

Clean Energy Canada

Clean Energy Canada describe themselves as “a climate and clean energy program within the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue at Simon Fraser University” and sent off an “open letter” to Justin Trudeau.  The letter is signed by 11 groups beyond the SFU including CanWEA and CanSIA whose members enjoy the benefits of long-term contracts in Ontario paying above market prices to generate electricity leading to a doubling of electricity rates under the Ontario Liberals. One unfamiliar signatory was the “Canada Cleantech Alliance” which doesn’t appear to have a website and seem to be an offshoot of a US based association located in Seattle.  Why they signed the letter is unknown! The letter pushes the same agenda:  “twin objectives of moving quickly and strategically to get Canada and Canadians working again in the near-term, while enhancing our national commitment to creating a diversified, low-carbon economy, we make three overarching recommendations for ensuring a resilient recovery.“

Recommendations include: “any relief for the fossil fuel sector and/or fossil-fuel reliant platforms which are facing long-term structural challenges, must have stringent conditions to focus on workers, decarbonization and diversification, and not impede the transition to a clean energy economy.

And

these unprecedented investments pave the way to a more sustainable, net-zero emission economy and avoid measures that lock us into a high-carbon future or risk stranded assets. Periods of high unemployment and low interest rates are precisely the right time to focus on new low-carbon investments and infrastructure, including those required to support and accelerate the transition to clean energy.“

And

“We can use them to scale up investment in energy retrofits, renewable power production, storage and transmission, clean fuel production, electric vehicle and electric vehicle charging infrastructure deployment and measures to further green government.

The associations and the “clean energy program” within SFU signing this letter depend on tax dollars and favourable contracts from federal, provincial and municipal governments and seem to believe the private sector are bottomless pits of tax dollars that will fund their recommendations.

It appears from this vantage point, the numerous eco-charities trying to further influence the Liberal government are worried!  The flow of grants from the Federal ministries and donations from the “foundations” supporting them may slow or dry up. They will then be forced to find a real job in competition with those they denigrate in the oil and gas sector and its supply chain.

Their claimed “charitable” work is a misnomer serving only to harm this once thriving part of the Canadian economy contributing so much to Canada’s employment and tax base.

The time has come to change the definition of a “charity” to eliminate those bloodsuckers!

*Berman’s husband Chris Hatch, is a “reporter” for the National Observer and it receives funds from several of the charities who want to shut down Alberta’s oil and gas sector.