GUNTER: There is no magical energy transformation for Canada

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Photograph taken on Tuesday September 27, 2016 near Strathroy, Ontario west of London. Mike Hensen / Mike Hensen/The London Free Pres

There are two things we can say about “renewable” energy: It seldom produces more energy than it takes to capture and release its energy — meaning many renewable projects have energy deficits. And renewables almost always cost more tax dollars than they bring in; meaning budget deficits.

Ontario’s 10-year “green” energy experiment under the former Liberal provincial government proved that. At least $50 billion in added debt, doubled electricity bills and tens of thousands of manufacturing jobs lost to the States where energy inputs weren’t so pricey.

And according to the Ontario auditor general, no net new energy produced and few if any emissions saved. Put simply, lots of economic losses, few environmental benefits.

Yet somehow the True Believers of the Ecocult — the Greta-nistas — have convinced themselves Canada stands on the verge of a magical energy transformation. We can pivot out of this pandemic into a world without fossil fuels.

(We’ve all heard people are having more colourful dreams during the pandemic. Perhaps that’s behind this fanciful unicorns-and-rainbows thinking.)

Maybe it’s as George Orwell wrote in his essay Notes on Nationalism, to believe the truly absurd, “one has to belong to the intelligentsia … no ordinary man could be such a fool.”

All through the pandemic and the ongoing Saudi-Russia oil-price war, eco radicals have been insisting this would be a great time to transition Canada away from oil and towards sustainable energy sources. (As if it were as simple as flipping a switch.)

Quite apart from the impossibility of doing so (the engineering and technology simply do not exist), how would we get through the pandemic without the petrochemicals and plastics that go into ventilators, shields, masks, gloves and medicines?

How has the supply chain that has kept our grocery shelves stocked kept itself going? Solar-powered tractor-trailers? Oxcarts?

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Source: Lorne Gunter | Toronto Sun

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