McGuinty says loss of jobs, 70% hydro price increase good for Ontario

Posted: July 30, 2007 in Appeasement & Cowardice, Corruption, Election 2007, Headlines, Home Grown Terrorism in Canada, Jeff's Blogs, Liberals, McGuinty

As part of a last ditch effort to find something he can say he did during his reign as Premier, Dalton McGuinty is once again promising to close coal fired hydro plants including Canada’s largest in Nanticoke. This was one of his many promises during the 2003 election campaign.

Once in office, Dalton ignored his promises to the people in order to focus on the things that really matter to him such as creating new taxes, banning a breed of dog, trying to get junk food out of elementary schools, making the problems in Caledonia much worse, spending Millions on a pre determined Ipperwash Inquiry to justify his critisism of former Premier Mike Harris, and most importantly creating new taxes.

During the election, the closing of coal fired plants sounded like a good way to get the vote of environmentalists no doubt but it proved to be very poorly researched and extremely impractical. At the Nanticoke plant alone, there would be 600 jobs lost, and the price of our hydro would skyrocket due to low supply and high demand, so the plan was scrapped.

This was at the time one smart move he actually made as Premier because it would have had a disasterous effect on the economy. Now that he’s back in election mode, the environmentalists are screaming about the broken promise so McGuinty is once again talking about simply closing all coal fired power plants. The following was front page news in the Simcoe Reformer several days ago:

Premier Dalton McGuinty says electricity rates may rise when the province closes its coal plants, but that’s the cost of cleaner air. A CIBC report is predicting electricity costs could rise up to 70 per cent when Ontario starts shutting down its coal-fired plants – including Nanticoke. McGuinty says he doesn’t know what will happen with electricity prices but says the cost of doing nothing is too great. He says closing down the plants is essential to clean up Ontario’s air and reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. McGuinty says the province is also making it easier for people to be more energy efficient in order to keep their bills down. Conservative critic John Yakabuski says the province should be putting scrubbers on the coal plants which would help clean up the air and keep electricity flowing.”

The report clearly states that hydro rates will increase up to 70% but McGuinty’s answer is that he doesn’t know what will happen. Are we to believe that nobody told him?

So a good reward to Ontarians for being more energy efficient is a 70% increase in the price of our hydro? Does he think promising to ban inneficient light bulbs by 2012 will decrease our usage by 70%?  McGuinty already drove the buisness at many bars, restaurants, and entertainment minded establishments into the ground by deciding that nobody has the right to choose if their establishment should allow smoking or not, and now those same places will have to deal with a 70% increase in their hydro bill. How exactly is this good for Ontario again?

Oh yes. It’s good for Ontarians because this kind of talk will help McGuinty gain support from the environmentalists in the upcoming election, and according to Dalton, it would be good for Ontario to have him as Premier for 4 more years.

In a scenario that’s really stretching it where McGuinty does win re-election and he does implement this ridiculous plan and all of the coal fired plants in Ontario are closed, how much better off will we be? The supposed logic is that our air will then be clean. How will closing our plants stop the flood of pollution pouring into our skies from the States and increasingly floating through the atmosphere from as far away as China which is reportedly building coal fired power plants at a record pace?

There are 2 possible explanations for this statement from McGuinty. Either he’s lying through his smiling teeth yet again, or he fails to realize that the industrial world we live in is not going to stop because he shuts down some power plants, and the pollution everyone complains about is not going to go away.

I’m no expert on global warming, or the environment but this I know for sure. In the grand scheme of things, Ontario is barely a blip on the radar of the worlds pollution problems.

I for one am going to give McGuinty the benefit of the doubt this time and assume he’s not lying. So when you go to the polls in October remember that a vote for McGuinty is a vote for a 70% increase in the cost of a service you need.

Jeff Parkinson
Caledonia Wakeup Call
  1. Lisa says:

    I would like to know if Mr. McGuinty or his representatives are prepared to tell us the real truth about nuclear power plants. What they are not telling you is the comparative cost of nuclear versus making coal fired plants environmentally friendly.

    What I want to know is what is the construction cost of nuclear power plants?
    What are the ongoing maintenance costs of nuclear power plants?
    What are the downtime costs of nuclear power plants (in other words what’s the cost of hydro replacement when nuclear plants are offline)?

    At the same time what is the cost to make coal fired plants environmentally friendly?
    What are the ongoing maintenance costs of coal fired plants?

    We are not hearing the true story about nuclear power plants. They are expensive and their offline record is very high compared to other generation methods. This policy is based on misinformation and lies.

  2. caledoniawakeupcall says:

    Hi Lisa,

    There has been some discussion of Nuclear Power in Norfolk County in light of the possibility of Nanticoke closing. The same thing happens every time it comes up. People fail to ask questions and generally scream Chernobyl. Personally I think people should research exactly WHY chernobly happened and understand it was a combination of everything that could go wrong happening at the same time, and a direct result of deliberate human error in an 80’s soviet regime.

    Having said all of that, I agree with you that we need much more information.

    Have you noticed the commercials popping up on TV here and there talking about how Nuclear power is a clean, safe alternative? They have Liberal written all over them as there’s no real information at all, and we are simply told to believe that Nuclear power is the answer to environmental problems.

    Studies regarding a nuclear plant at Nanticoke (which have been ignored because people are too busy screaming about a meltdown) have established that the cost of maintaining the existing coal fired plant is vastly lower than building and maintaining a Nuclear one. The reality is that they could be made somewhat more environmentally friendly by installing “scrubbers” but that option never seems to get any serious discussion.

    In a more costly move, the existing plant could be upgraded to Natural gas which would eliminate a huge amount of the pollution. This would still be far less expensive than building a brand new nuclear plant, but McGuinty has balked at the idea.

    The bottom line for me is that on a clear day you can go to any number of places along lake Erie such as Long Point and look at Nanticoke and yes there is pollution coming out of there. Then you look across the lake at the States and the filth belching out of just what you can see from that distance on the US side alone eclipses anything being produced by Nanticoke. Long Point is known to residents to be a place that becomes engulfed by smog some days and it’s not from Nanticoke. It’s from the Ohio Valley.

    If someone gets the numbers that answer your very good questions, I’d be happy to post them.


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