ONTARIO GOTHIC (per Ontario Wind Resistance)

Ontario Gothic is a reference to Mary Shelley’s gothic story, Frankenstein, in a report by Rick Conroy in the Wellington Times, one that is very apropos the Industrial Wynne Turbine monsters.

If Shelley wrote her gothic horror story, “the work of a dark imagination fuelled by opioids“, Conroy naturally wonders, “what was Kathleen Wynne and her government smoking when they let loose their own man-made monsters across rural Ontario—in the form of industrial wind developers and speculators?

He reports, “Even if you buy the sentiment that their motivations were well-intentioned, the undeniable outcome of the Green Energy Act is that Kathleen Wynne and Dalton McGuinty have spawned armies of amoral monstrous corporate creatures and have let them loose to roam unfettered across the province. To wreak havoc in rural communities. To despoil the environment. To slaughter endangered species. To make folks sick“.

He goes on to observe how the McGuinty-Wynne axis (my description) has prepared the way for this by denying local democracy, by eviscerating environmental legislation to fast track developments what would otherwise have been rejected by local councils and defeated by existing laws. To put trademark its monster, the Ontario government has facilitated a rubber-stamp appeal process to ensure a blood supply to its monster (not to belabour a metaphor).

Near Chatham, folks believe the wind developer working nearby has poisoned their wells—allowing toxins into their drinking supply. They have done the testing. They have spoken out. They have protested. Marched on Queen’s Park. Kathleen Wynne has ignored them.“. Eschewing the name of, “Frankenstein” for their spawn (do doubt worried about copyright), they view it as a “necessary evil

Left without the protection of the province—without the safeguards that would protect them from any other development— these folks took matters into their own hands. In August, they began blockading the construction site— neighbours joining together to form a line against the threat to their drinking water.“. The Wynne-lose government, turns out, were able to rely on their legal cronies to set matters right: “…in a cruel blow, the developers— a Korean conglomerate and its American partner—won a court injunction barring any further blockades of the project. The judge said he wasn’t trying to muzzle opponents, but to “prohibit unlawful acts”.” Guess who pays the Judge”s salary?

The horror is on-going (a McGuinty-Wynne Serial), “Untethered by moral, ethical or community concerns, these corporate beasts consume and ravage everything they can get away with. Folks who have fought for years to protect the things our government was supposed to safeguard, have been left gasping in despair. Lacking legal remedies or protection, some have begun considering other means to protect their families, their communities and their land. If the government won’t protect them, they will do it themselves“.

$1B worth of energy wasted last year: engineers

ARE WE SURPRISED?! Are we? ARE WE?

$1B wasted! Toronto Sun Report
The Ontario Society of Professional Engineers, a non-partisan body, which represents the province’s engineers, says it has crunched government hydro numbers from 2016 and they show that 7.6 terawatt-hours of clean hydro went down the drain that year. That’s equal to the amount required to power 760,000 homes – or $1 billion worth of electricity – said the group’s past president Paul Acchione.

A 58% increase over the previous year!

Colin Nekolaichuk, spokesman for energy minister Glenn Thibeault, slammed the Tories for voting against the government’s 25% hydro rate reduction plan and not having a plan of their own. He did not address the analysis of the OSPE in a statement to the Toronto Sun.

Water fuel tax: $2.7 billion and climbing

Can you believe it? Another hidden tax! No, what?

The “water rental fee” is hidden in the electricity line on our bills to pay for the water used to generate electricity! I didn’t realize that the government, not nature, supplied the water over the falls, in the lakes and rivers to generate electrical power!!! So, I guess the tax is justified?

Parker Gallant writes:
As it turned out, in 2015 the water fuel tax was $345 million for the generation of 30.4 terawatts (TWh) and represented a cost to ratepayers that amounted to $11.35 cents per megawatt (MWh) or 1.14 cents per kilowatt hour of electricity generated. While the current government didn’t institute the tax, they have significantly raised it over the years. Back in 2002 the tax was $116 million for the 34.3 TWh generated or $3.38/MWh and 0.34 cents/kWh so it is now 3.3 times what it was the year before the Liberals gained power. …
One has to wonder how many other taxes and fees are hidden within our electricity bills that will come to light if we actually get an explanation of the GA [Global Adjustment] that is truthful and fully transparent!

No wonder Amazon is choosing Montreal for its Canadian operations: Power bankrupts…absolutely… in Ontario.

Wynne’s McGuinty Mistakes

No Real Fixes, so writes Parker Gallant. While the Wynne-lose Premier of Ontario beats her breast about “her mistake” concerning rising unaffordable consumer energy costs (that produces real energy poverty for many people), she also exhorts us to join the Renewable Energy revolution:
[PG] It is apparent that the people at Environmental Defence — the same ENGO that was a participant in the creation of the Green Energy Act — somehow believe they are superior energy planners than those with qualifications. Beyond Environmental Defence, the 100%RE group includes the usual suspects such as the David Suzuki Foundation, Pembina, Greenpeace, the Ontario Clean Air Alliance, Physicians for the Environment, the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario and several lesser known names, including the Toronto Environmental Alliance and TREC. The latter were responsible for the Toronto Exhibition Place wind turbine used by countless Ontario Liberals as a photo-op but which generates almost no usable power and whose control now rests in the hands of Toronto Hydro. TREC have placed a plaque at the base of the turbine with the names of the people who invested in the turbine and have no hope of ever seeing a return on their money. One of the names on the plaque is Dianne Saxe, the current Environmental Commissioner. (It appears supporting industrial-scale wind turbines that kill birds and bats did not deter the Ontario Liberal government from appointing Ms. Saxe as commissioner of the environment.)

[PG] Premier Wynne’s “mistake” will continue to drive up our bills for some time. If she pays any attention to the dreamy musings of Environmental Defence and their ilk in the drive for 100% renewables, those heart-wrenching stories will become a daily occurrence.

New taxes coming of the Crap-and-Trade variety, Carbon tax , etc. The more things change… Thanks also go to Dalton the Dolt and Georgie Porgie. I’m, SORRY, from a politician means, NOTHING.

Shafted

I had almost given up blogging (breaking wind), when Ms Wynne-lose gave us all a reason to keep blogging on (KBO, as Churchill used to say).

Never trust a Liberal, however, when he, she or it makes a promise. The Wynne-lose government never outdoes itself when it says it is helping the consumer, this time by reducing Hydro Bills by the 8% PST (rates will go up by more than that in the coming round of rate hikes, even more when added to the pending Carbon Tax.

We are still getting shafted, and have been shafted continuously from the initiation of McGuinty’s hare-brained Green Energy policies. I am still chafed by the fact that the gov’t’s “fart catchers” (as the defunct Frank magazine used to call them) never blinked when those policies produced legislation that eviscerated local political autonomy by imposing a Green Energy Act that disenfranchised electors from the process by prohibiting them a yea or nay in the planning, placement and operation of Wynne Turbines and Solar farms. Such a totalitarian imposition WAS PROOF ENOUGH THAT A BOGUS SYSTEM OF POWER GENERATION WAS BEING FORCED ON AN UNWILLING CITIZENRY (except in the “progressive” urban areas where no one was going to be affected by the monster whirlygigs, nor was anyone going to tell them that the monsters would produce unneeded power). Part of the Fart Catcher contingent was going to profit immensely from the scam, the wind developers. All of this was done by robbing tax payers and then giving away the product at less than the cost of production so that the billions wasted could never be recouped.

Ontario Wind Resistance has demonstrated how rural Ontario has been shafted, lo these many years, by a lying, cheating and stealing government of some of the people: “They overrode local planning rights by passing the Green Energy Act of 2009 under Wynne’s predecessor, Dalton McGuinty, then rammed industrial wind factories down their throats.” Then there are the human costs, the health problems, the deep destruction of flora and fauna, and the list goes on.

Yes, the end is still far, but now a little closer (if the main Opposition in Provincial Parliament can stop stumbling over its own stupidity).

What Else Is New?

Ontario Signs Up for More Expensive Power, expensive and unreliable power, writes Tom Admas in the FP:
“But rather than heed […] warnings, the government barges on. Under the current version of the FIT program, the government will buy wind power from small projects at a 50 per cent premium over the competitive wind price, and solar power at a 30 to 90 per cent premium over competitive solar prices. Other bonuses available to FIT producers allow them to add even higher charges to the bill by, for instance, finding First Nations to accept ownership positions with their projects.”

It gets worse: you are paid for power you produce (it goes without saying, unneeded power) AND then paid for power you could have produced if the Grid hadn’t been overloaded:
“New wind and solar contract holders will likely be paid not only for how much power they actually generate, but for a significant portion of their “deemed generation” — that is, what they didn’t produce but might have had the grid been able to accept all of their production, but instead ended up “curtailed” because the grid was oversupplied.”

And WORSE: “Not only are Ontario ratepayers burdened with payments to generators to not generate, but as the auditor general [wat dat?] has pointed out, our losses on exporting surplus power keep growing. Net exports in 2014 equalled 10 per cent of Ontario usage — well over half of Toronto’s total usage, sold to the U.S. at a fraction of the price that actual Torontonians paid. In 2015, net exports hit 12 per cent of Ontario’s usage.”

Then, there will be the Carbon Tax yet to come, all invented as get-rich-quick schemes through the boondoggle of global warming and climate change for developers of so-called alternative energy (there is no alternative, it’s being shoved down your throat). Alternative to what? Alternative to cost-effective and proven power generation like Hydro, Nuclear, and, yes, even, Coal. Oh, forgot to mention, CO2 is a living-giving gas…

HORSE MANURE

One of the main, if not the defining one, reasons for Green Energy is the Climate Scam (based on normal changing weather patterns as interpreted by all the (rich) Chicken Littles of the World). As a result, Ontario suffers terrible economic, social and medical problems because of Green Energy and we all suffer under this heavy load of Horse Manure (Goldstein, Toronto Sun). A heavy load dumped by Canada’s new Boy King and the Wicked Witch of the East, his fairy godmother:
Wind and solar power are simply not ready to replace the use of coal, oil and natural gas to produce energy. [and hydro & nuclear]
They aren’t reliable or efficient enough to deliver the power required to fuel modern industrialized countries like our own, or developing nations that want to become part of the first world, like China and India.
[and let us not forget the Towers of Power require diesel engines to run}

But we know this already, those of us who rail and demonstrate against the Whirligigs of the McWynne Mandate. It bears repeating, over and over again. And there was a similar scare in 1898:
…the Chicken Littles at the Paris conference should remind us of another gathering of similar worthies at the world’s first urban planning conference held in New York in 1898.
Back then, the delegates weren’t obsessed with fossil fuels but with horse manure. Literally.
In New York in 1898, 200,000 working horses each produced an average of 24 pounds of horse manure daily, meaning almost five million pounds of manure were being dumped on city streets every 24 hours.

The stuff was piled 60 ft high in city streets, and then came the electric street car and the gasoline engine to save the day (and eliminate the health problems posed by that much horse do-do). Science (not the bogus consensus “Science” of today’s climate crap), it is hoped, will save us from the Manure excreted at the Paris Conference and the regular dumps made by the UN. And let us not forget the BS and horse manure that passes for government in Ontario…

Corporate Welfare is Green

The Ontario Liberals in Opposition used to go on about corporate welfare (subsidies from government to corporations) to match the NDP rants on the same.

The Ontario Liberal Government in power created the Green Energy policies that are now regulated law in the province. They hand out tax subsidies in the billions to Green Energy development of wind turbines and solar panel arrays. The beneficiaries of these handouts are almost exclusively corporations in the business of building the euphemistic Alternate Energy Generation.

The Consumer Policy Institute has published a paper (by Brady Yauch) detailing the scope of the Greening of Corporate Welfare in Ontario:
While the province’s renewable energy policy was presented as a win-win for local communities and regular Ontarians, the benefits from that policy have accrued to a small group of companies. Nowhere is this more evident than in the subsidies going to companies that own the windmills now dotting the province’s countryside.
Some 82% of all subsidies to wind generators have gone to foreign, out-of-province, or
multinational companies with annual revenues of more than $1 billion. Nearly 60% of all
wind subsidies have gone to companies with more than $10 billion in annual revenues.
Less than 10% of all subsidies to wind generators have gone to small-scale or local
owners


The multinational companies and other big businesses receiving the lion’s share of these
subsidies have little to lose in the current environment. They receive a fixed, abovemarket
rate for their power, while ratepayers are left footing the bill – whether or not
such output is needed. Rather than becoming an engine of a new green economy, green
power has become a drain on ratepayers’ pockets.

Green-Washing Corporate Welfare to the Tune of $1.7 Billion
The reality of the province’s support for the wind sector – both before and after the Green Energy Act – has been exclusive and not one that includes all Ontarians. Big business, international corporations and their subsidiaries have received billions of dollars in wind subsidies as part of Ontario’s push to replace coal with renewable power. Using data from the province’s electricity market operator, this joint study by Energy Probe and Consumer Policy Institute1 estimates that at least $1.7 billion in wind subsidies have been given to wind farm operators in Ontario since 2006, the earliest date for data. 2 Eleven companies have received 90% of those subsidies. Around 82% of all subsidies to wind generators have been handed out to nine companies (or subsidiaries of those companies) – seven of them based outside of either Ontario or Canada – with annual revenues in excess of $1 billion. Nearly 60% of all wind subsidies have been funnelled to six companies with more than $10 billion in annual revenue. Small-scale and local wind generator companies have received 10% of all subsidies.

To see how prices are set and subsidies spent, download Report (PDF)
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The colour Green is GREED in Ontario.

FOLLOW UP on how when subsidies are cut Green Energy Investment declines or dries up.

And the Oscar for, Worst Politician, goes to…

His fatuous and wild decision to “green” Ontario’s energy production throws up new failures and costs every day. In the early days of this hollow fascination he forbade municipal governments from assessing or interfering with his projects. He virtually shut down one whole order of government. Democracy? Green was imposed; local objections be damned. – Rex Murphy

The award goes to… guess?

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