Ontario, The Have Nuts For Brains Province

The reigning government of Ontario loves to give away its wealth and it assets.

It sells off scam-produced Greed Energy at a loss, and it’s preparing to give away its power company, Hydro One. It gives away its tax revenues willy-nilly in pursuit of bad policy, like subsides for Greed Energy to feed greedy developers who are the friends of the ruling Party.

To prove it has nuts for brains, and nuts in charge of the brain trust, it also gives away the same revenues in the in order to preserve its penchant for bad policy, such as the huge power rate increases that have closed down a lot of industrial Ontario.

Once more into the breach, money thrown away to feed off-shore economies at the expense of the local! This time $40 million to a Chilean company in preference to an Ontario company in the same business, and, just as bad, it’s not even going to a Canadian company in another province where there is industry that does the same work.  AND, there’s a company in St. Catharines, Ontario, that can do the job, too!

When you read the governments rationalization for the decision to send its work off-shore, it does not even make sense. Maybe somebody in the Ontario government or close to it holds shares in the offshore company, probably, because there is no rhyme nor reason to this decision, except to penalize the company in Wheatley, Ontario: “…the two-year project would have provided 300-person years of employment, creating 75 direct jobs and more than 50 indirect jobs.”

Wheatley builder left high and dry after $40-million contract awarded to Chilean company, that’s the headline. No way would the Government of Chile do the same to one of its industries.  Worse, the end-product has to be delivered by water down the PACIFIC COAST, THROUGH THE STRAITS OF MAGELLAN UP THE EAST COAST, and down the St. Lawrence, through Lakes Ontario and Erie.  That’s an expensive trip!  But the GO does not save money, it wastes it, like water, obviously.

The government is in the business of killing jobs. Only in pitiful Ontario!!!

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From Scotland, Wind Farm Action, a site where the posts are informative and eye-opening. Worth your visit.

Quote of the Decade
“The trouble with wind farms is that they have a very large spatial footprint for a piddling little bit of electricity. You would need 800 turbines to produce the output of a coal-fired power station.”
Sir Martin Holgate, Chief Scientist at the Department of the Environment of the British Government – October 2004

Einstein on Consensus in Science
As Einstein once said,”It does not take a hundred scientists to prove me right (a consensus?). It only takes one to prove me wrong”

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.

Tyrannical Law in Ontario

The Ontario Liberal Government’s Green Energy Act not only shuts down democracy by crippling local government in matters Green but also hobbles human and civil rights of citizens who have no legal recourse when they are aggrieved by Wind Turbine developments. Meaning, you can’t fight City Hall and you can’t take its buggers to court.

National Post: anti-turbine families $340000 legal bill from wind-farm companies: to quote
A demand that four Ontario families pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal costs to billion-dollar companies is a thinly disguised warning to anyone pondering a challenge to industrial wind farms in Ontario, the families say.
The lawyer in the case says: “It’s not just a bar to justice, it’s actually a terror tactic,” Falconer said in an interview. “This is not about money. The idea is to send a message: ‘We will wipe you out if you challenge us.’”

One has to believe he advised his clients that practice is loser pays the costs. But the Developer’s defence? The companies say the high-stakes court challenge forced them to deploy considerable legal resources to defend projects they say are safe. Nobody is forcing them, their projects are protected by government policy, they are gouging in order to punish. They are entitled to costs for their defence but they can ask for less.

In any case, the wind turbine developers have a government protected monopoly insulated by provincial law. Effectively, the provincial law is effecting an unfair estoppel that prevents recourse and remedy for injured parties who would otherwise have recourse to but for the unjust estoppel. The government should be forced to pay the costs of every failed action against developers because the government levelled the playing field against aggrieved citizens. And to add acid to the matter, the government pays the developers tax dollars levied from citizens and then forces citizens to fend for themselves where wind and solar are concerned. There oughtta be a law… wait, there is a law! A bad law.

Ontario Green Energy

…policy and law are the child of a failed and false myth called, Global Warming.  An Ontario premier and an Ontario Cabinet minister decided they wanted to leave a legacy, the one for posterity, the other for political advancement.  Both are gone, but what they have wrought is still here, still wasting hundreds of millions of dollars and costing people their health, their wealth and their wellbeing.

Lawrence Solomon writing in the Financial Post (Jan.09/15) makes his predictions for 2015: “The global warming enterprise provides one example. Since 2008, I have been predicting that the warmists, whose cause at root is based on faith and sustained by deceit, will fail to make the case that carbon represents a danger to the planet. Although the elites have mostly bought the deceits — all ultimately resting on jigged computer models — the masses mostly have not, as seen in public opinion polls throughout the world. The public’s rejection of the global warming orthodoxy then led politicians to slash subsidies to renewables and to scrap plans for carbon taxes. Political parties that high-handedly ignored the public by pushing global warming measures, such as Canada’s Liberal Party in 2008 and Australia’s Labour government in 2013, went down to crushing defeats.”
“As renewables lose momentum in 2015, fossil fuels will gain it. It can’t really be otherwise. If the glut we now see in oil and gas continues, the low prices that result will spur consumption. A rise in prices, on the other hand, would only further spur shale gas and oil development. Up or down, I predict, the environmental lobby loses the energy war, even if — should President Obama veto the Keystone XL Pipeline — it wins some battles.”

[also blogged by MAWT]

Thanks to this politically correct fiction of Global Warming, Ontario and its citizens continue to pay for the vanity of the original formulators of the province’s Green Energy illusions.

TV Turbine Report in Niagara Region

The Ongoing Controversy over Turbines continues, is the gist of this CHCH TV report [also blogged on OntWindResistance]. TV reporter, Lisa Hepfner tries to examine both sides of the issue in West Lincoln (which will soon be metal porcupine country with a total of 77 IWT’s). The IWT’s will stretch from West Lincoln to Wainfleet.
The reporter quotes residents who are being bombarded with noise & health issues. She also quotes OPA on the issue, whose spokesman tells what amounts to a duplicitous lie: Shawn Cronkwright, Ontario Power Authority: “With wind turbines, you have to pay to install the equipment, but after the equipment is installed the cost of the fuel is zero. Wind actually is a key piece of keeping prices lower in the entire portfolio.”
The zero cost of “fuel” is disingenuous, to say the least. There’s the huge cost of accessing that “fuel” paid for with tax dollars in the billions; there’s the huge cost of paying for the consumption of that “fuel”, and the huge cost of re-selling that excess “fuel” to other jurisdictions at a less than the cost of production. Then there are the hidden healthcare costs caused by the effects of that “fuel”, the transmission costs (hydro has to shut down to allow wind energy onto the Grid); the air pollution costs caused by the diesel engines needed to operate the turbines; and the costs of lost agricultural production from the industrialized land needed to erect these 60 story towers.
And let’s not even mention the slaughter of millions of flying creatures the earth needs to keep its balance.
Or the Charter Rights being breached by forced acceptance of turbine development. Or the loss of land value. Or increased carbon emissions.
Wind energy is not “free” or “clean” or “green”; these words are government and industry mantras aimed at deluding the public into thinking that the outmoded technology of wind is cutting edge. The edge has been dulled in Europe and the many countries that are abandoning it. Landowners who give their land over to the production of wind instead of crops will be disappointed when their “windfall” lasts much less than 20 years, when the landscape will be dotted with stopped and rusting turbines. But the thieves who run this scheme will have had their money and others will have left office.

Wind Farms: Saving, or Killing Us?

Wind Farms and wind turbines, saving us or killing us?.

James Delingpole writes another article in the Daily Mail (UK) to nail the wind development industry with “a provocative investigation” that claims thousands being sickened by living close to IWT’s.

Below are quotes from his article:

“The sleepless nights caused by its humming were only the start of their problems. Far worse was the impact on their health.
Aileen, a diabetic since the age of 19, found her blood glucose levels rocketing – forcing her to take more insulin and causing her to develop a cataract, she says.”

“Here is what the official trade body RenewableUK has to say on its website: ‘In over 25 years and with more than 68,000 machines installed around the world, no member of the public has ever been harmed by the normal operation of wind farms.’
But in order to believe that, you would have to discount the testimony of the thousands of people just like Aileen around the world who claim their health has been damaged by wind farms.
You would have to ignore the reports of doctors such as Australia’s Sarah Laurie, Canada’s Nina Pierpont and Britain’s Amanda Harry who have collated hundreds of such cases of Wind Turbine Syndrome.”

“In December 2011, in a peer-reviewed report in the Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society, Dr Carl Phillips – one of the U.S.’s most distinguished epidemiologists – concluded that there is ‘overwhelming evidence that wind turbines cause serious health problems in nearby residents, usually stress-disorder type diseases, at a nontrivial rate’.
According to a study by U.S. noise control engineer Rick James, wind farms generate the same symptoms as Sick Building Syndrome – the condition that plagued office workers in the Eighties and Nineties as a result of what was eventually discovered to be the Low Frequency Noise (LFN), caused by misaligned air conditioning systems.

“But if the problem is really so widespread, why isn’t it better known?
The short answer is money: the wind industry is a hugely lucrative business with millions to spend on lobbying.
What’s more, until recently, it benefited from the general public mood that ‘something ought to be done about climate change’ and wind power – supposedly ‘free’, ‘renewable’ and ‘carbon-friendly’ – was the obvious solution.
‘For years among the metropolitan elite it has been considered heretical to criticise wind power,’ says Heaton-Harris.” 

Dalton and his gang have relied on the urban population of Ontario to ram through Green laws that are seriously harming health and destroying arable land in the province.  The article goes on to describe who makes money and how much on these projects designed to be “Green”, while backed up by non-green power, and the health issues.

“A 1997 report by the U.S. Air Force Institute For National Security Studies notes: ‘Acoustic infrasound: very low frequency sound which can travel long distances and easily penetrate most buildings and vehicles.
‘Transmission of long wavelength sound creates biophysical effects, nausea, loss of bowels, disorientation, vomiting, potential organ damage or death may occur.’
Yet as Dr Phillips notes, instead of protecting the public, governments are actually complicit by encouraging wind farm development via generous subsidies.
‘It’s ridiculous. Here is an industry which is putting the health of tens of thousands of people at risk. If this were a pharmaceutical company sales would have been suspended by now. ’
His views are shared by orthopaedic surgeon Dr Robert McMurtry, once Canada’s most senior public health official: ‘Whatever you think about climate change, you can be sure that wind energy is not the solution.
‘There is an abundance of evidence to the show that infrasound from wind farms represents a serious public health hazard. Until further research is done, there should be an immediate moratorium on building any more of them.’”

Especially compelling is Delingpole’s description of a ghost town in Australia created wholly by the presence of a wind farm.

“‘Wind farms are destroying people’s lives, destroying the environment, destroying the economy – but instead of opposing it, all three main political parties are committed to building more of them.
‘And it’s not accidental. This is a stitch-up between the wind lobby and its friends in Parliament and it’s an outrage.
‘It’s the biggest health scandal of our age and the metropolitan elite just don’t care.’”

While it is a truism to say that politics is artful hypocrisy, it is more true to say there is good hypocrisy and bad hypocrisy.  Green Energy, along with global warming, is the worst of the bad.  Harmful, hurtful, anti-democratic and based entirely on a connection between public subsidy and private development, it is greed that OVERFLOWS itself.

“Newspaper columnist Christopher Booker called wind farms ‘the greatest political blunder of our time’ and ‘a monument to an age when our leaders collectively went off their heads’.”

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/moslive/article-2199284/Wind-farms-Are-wind-farms-saving-killing-A-provocative-investigation-claims-thousands-people-falling-sick-live-near-them.html#ixzz2DczxY3e6
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“Failure of Duty” – Time to Sue the Government of Ontario

Definition: (ref: Legal Dict.)

breach of duty
  1. The failure to perform a legal or moral obligation owed to a person or to the public.
  2. The failure to act as required by the law.
  3. The failure to exercise the care that a reasonable person would exercise in the same or similar situation.

This is the route being taken by one European. He’s suing the government for “Failure of Duty”. This is a Tort action that alleges the government failed to act in the best interests of its citizen(s) by not protecting that citizen(s) from the consequences of its negligence.

If you read the above definition, you can easily see how the government of Ontario has failed in its moral and legal obligation to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of its citizens, and how it has failed to exercise due care as might the reasonable person (the proverbial man on the Clapham omnibus) with regard to finances, health, safety, welfare; and most especially by a refusal to place a Moratorium on further development until all these issues are settled by studies and public enquiries. We know about adverse health effects, and property devaluation, and wasted subsidies that have increased hydro rates, of excess generation of power that has to “exported” to others (we pay them to take it), of injurious affection and the list goes on. Not to mention the breach of duty to citizens to safeguard their right to local democracy… and the list goes on. And the breach of Charter rights… and the list goes on. And the duty to safeguard the environment, breached by Bill 55 which has eviscerated the Natural Resources and Wildlife Act… and the list goes on… and on.

Rookie MPP Fights Greed Energy

MPP, Lisa Thompson, Huron-Bruce has thrown down the gauntlet in front of Ontario Energy Minister, Chris Bentley (who will likely loose his seat in the next election): an open ultimatum to shape up or get out. During Question Period, she stood up to state that if the Minister cannot handle his portfolio, he should give it up, calling the government’s failed Green Energy policies an “energy nightmare”.  Stating the Province is broke, she reminded the Minister that the only way the government can stop losing money is by ending the subsidies to alternative energy. In other words, fighting to kill Greed Energy, already abandoned in other countries.  Read about it in the Sun Times.