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Old May 25th, 2016, 02:35 PM   #1
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costs of Ontario’s climate plan are no bargain

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Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP) will spend $7-billion to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2021. If that proves to be the ultimate cost of the program, it might be a bargain. But like its predecessor, the Ontario Green Energy Program (Green Energy Act), its costs are largely hidden.

Recall how the Green Energy Act (GEA) is funded by electricity surcharges rather than a provincial budget line item. Ontario’s Auditor-General estimated that Ontarians will pay $170-billion extra for electricity between 2006 and 2032. This $6.8-billion a year represents 4 per cent to 5 per cent of provincial government revenue, or about 1 per cent of provincial gross domestic product.

The proposed CCAP risks repeating these errors by hard-wiring Ontarians’ choices as “good” versus “evil,” and by burying the true costs of climate change mitigation.

Under CCAP, “good” is electricity. The plan prioritizes “geothermal” energy, “air heat pump” systems, “solar panels” and vehicles that run off electricity. Electricity is so good that electric cars will be subsidized by $14,000 rebates a car and $1,000 a house to install home chargers, the purchases of electric school buses, waiving of HST and the installation of government-mandated free charging stations on new buildings and at government institutions.

But this isn’t about just any electricity. It’s about grid electricity administered by Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator and provided mainly by Hydro One and affiliates that are now in severe surplus after the GEA resulted in some of the highest electricity rates in North America. The plan identifies other products as having “good” characteristics, such as “renewable” liquid biofuels such as ethanol and biodiesel, and gas from agricultural and waste products that will be imposed on the market through “renewable” fuel mandates.

Remarkably, CCAP-funded program activities apparently will not be dynamically, continuously and publicly evaluated in terms of the metric that truly matters: the per-tonne cost to reduce GHG emissions. There is an estimate of each line item cost and the amount of GHG reduction expected from the program. But such static, a priori assessments are notoriously uncertain.

For example, the GEA never delivered on its promised “green” jobs, but it did deliver the costs to Ontarians. Those arbitrary choices of “good” options of grid electricity and “renewable” fuel mandates are not likely to yield the best GHG reduction value for money. There is no discussion, let alone appropriate metrics, to assess the true life cycle for GHG emissions from the favoured options.




The costs of Ontario?s climate plan are no bargain, and largely hidden - The Globe and Mail


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Every time I advocate government regulation, I add a disclaimer related to intelligent. And some governments can do it.

The current Ontario government is questionable.

But equally well, the Glob and Mule as we refer to it is the official mouthpiece of the Central Canada conservative movement, you know, the crazy folk.
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Every time I advocate government regulation, I add a disclaimer related to intelligent. And some governments can do it.

The current Ontario government is questionable.

But equally well, the Glob and Mule as we refer to it is the official mouthpiece of the Central Canada conservative movement, you know, the crazy folk.
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