Vote ONPC to stop wind turbines that are not “green”

The belief that wind turbines are “green” and reduce CO2 emissions is an Ontario Liberal myth! In fact, some would say that claim is an outright lie.

For proof, take a good look at the above image. Given that three six-foot tall men are standing on the rebar it becomes obvious just how huge that turbine foundation actually is. In fact, the base is reported to require some 45,000 kg of reinforcing rebar and 480,000 litres of concrete to fill and cover it — 20% of the volume of an Olympic sized swimming pool. And that is before you even add the turbine itself!

Think about that and multiply that hole by hundreds of such spaces and what they would do to a rural and farm environment. Of course, the Ontario Liberals don’t worry about such things because turbines are primarily placed in Ontario Progressive Conservative (ONPC) ridings.

During the 2011 provincial election, for instance, the Ontario Liberals, then under Dalton McGuinty, moved two partially built gas plants, one in Oakville and one in Mississauga, out into ONPC territory, because Liberal voters didn’t want them. That gas plant move ended up costing nearly a billion taxpayers dollars.

Similarly, also in 2011, the McGuinty Liberals cancelled a 60 turbine project that was to be off shore near the Scarborough bluffs, which is at the Eastern end of Greater Toronto. But, live in a PC riding, and the Ontario Liberals really don’t care what you think.

The worse part, as we now find out, is that wind turbines are not “green” as they do absolutely nothing for the environment, nor do they reduce emissions. Worse yet, add in the Ontario Liberal Cap and Trade tax and they make hydro unaffordable.

For example, the Toronto Sun identifies one manufacturer who got a recent monthly statement showing they were charged $13,060 for the hydro they used. Plus, on that same bill, they were charged a “Global Adjustment Fee” in the amount of $107,698.00. Can you imagine that? As the Sun states: “A ‘global adjustment fee’ is the term the Ontario government and energy companies use to describe the amount they tack on to businesses’ bills to cover the extremely generous and above-market rates the government has agreed to pay green energy companies in the province.

Meaning, all but the $13,060 is Liberal spin to cover Liberal “green” energy overspending. In other words, the $107,698.00 is a business tax that is going to kill jobs and destroy the Ontario economy.

Well, there is a solution and that solution is to elect a majority PC government in Ontario on June 7th, 2018.

The crux of the matter is, I believe, that under a Premier Patrick Brown, the Ontario economy will be turned around. As it says on the PC website, a PC government would reinvigorate the Ontario economy by cancelling the job killing Cap and Trade costs under the so-called “global adjustment fund”, as well as non-green wind turbine subsidies.

Oil & gas makes full employment & self-sufficiency possible for First Nations!

Credit Bloomberg. Click for FP.

A December 7th, 2016 CBC article by John Paul Tasker caught my attention this morning on Twitter (H/T @PipelineAction). It had the title “Environmentalists have impoverished First Nations.”

Yet, when I read the article, I found that where First Nations embraced the development of such natural resources as oil and gas (never mind forestry, fishing and mining), the reverse was actually the case — which has not always been so.

  • First, there were the anti-fur campaigns in the 1970s which eventually destroyed the Native way of life, not only for those who were hunters and trappers, but furriers and retailers as well.
  • Then, there was the anti-seal campaigns both off the coast of Newfoundland and throughout Europe.
  • Now, there is the 2014 pro-whaling fiasco by the anti-whaling Greenpeace. Known for stopping the whale hunt world-wide, Greenpeace recently supported the killing of a whale by the Clyde River Inuit in Nunavut even though whales are endangered in the Arctic. Given the destruction of the fur and seal trades of the past, I believe this latest turn of face is pure political theatre to try to turn public opinion in Greenpeace’s favour. The problem is that if whales are endangered in the Arctic, pretty soon there won’t be any left to hunt, traditional native values and way of life notwithstanding.

Anyway, the good news is that times are changing because there are forward-looking First Nations Chiefs who know that there can be a balance between care of the environment and providing jobs and wealth.

For example:

  • As I linked at the start of this post, Chief Jim Boucher of the Fort McKay First Nations in Alberta, recently spoke at an Assembly of First Nations Gathering in Gatineau, Quebec and is quoted as saying that: “His community … has an unemployment rate of zero, an average annual income of $120,000, and financial holdings in excess of $2 billion, thanks to its willingness to do business with Canada’s oil and gas companies.” Not only that, but as a result of this windfall, that band is self-governed, receiving only 4% of its revenue from the Government of Canada.
  • A similar good news story was recently heard from First Nation Chief Joe Dion of Frog Lake, Alberta. A quote from a BBC article, also dated December 2016, states that: “[Dion] heads up Frog Lake Energy Resources Corporation, which is wholly owned by the First Nation and manages the on-reserve oil and gas drilling facilities” which has been able to use oil production dividends to build homes, community and senior centres, as well as help fund education programmes.

Thankfully, then, history will not repeating itself if enough First Nations leaders realize that oil and gas and everything connected to those industries, if done right, can benefit their communities.

At the same time, however, caution and awareness is needed because there are still a lot of environmental activist groups that would have First Nations living in poverty, as illogical as that seems. For a full description of who wants to stop anyone from receiving any benefits from oil and gas resource and pipeline development, I would recommend reading a very detailed Vivian Krause October, 2016 article in the Financial Post.

Anyway, let’s look forward with confidence.

The crux of the matter is that First Nation leaders and their communities in both Canada and the U.S. can benefit financially and purposefully from oil and gas extraction and pipeline infrastructure on their traditional lands — with business development and full employment and all the positive outcomes resulting from those activities.