Boondoggle: How Ontario’s pursuit of renewable energy broke the province’s electricity system

Back in 2010, deep green environmentalist Rick Smith, then head of Environmental Defence Canada, hailed Ontario’s Green Energy and Green Economy Act regime as a cost-free operation that would catapult the province into the big leagues of renewable energy. Through fat subsidies and high prices offered to wind, solar and other renewable industry players, jobs and growth would boom and Ontario would be free of its dirty coal plants. It was the End of Coal, the government said. The birth of a renewable miracle.

Asked whether the plan might lead to higher prices for consumers, “No,” said Dr. Smith — he likes to be called doctor in recognition of his PhD in biology. “No. Not at all.”

  • ontario john

    That’s homophobic! Besides all that matters in Ontario, is that its Islamic Heritage Month! Happy Islam to everyone! And everyone should forget about the traditional Thanksgiving service at church, and attend a mosque. Besides, if your a united church member, you don’t believe in God anyway.

    • Gary

      The United Church and islam don’t believe in Jesus as the messiah for almost 2 billion people , plus they are both Pro-abortion and hate jews.

  • Gary

    That was another scandal by George Smithermen and yet he walks free and has a good job thanks to his buddies in the Liberal Party .

    So much for being told how great and Just society would be if gays were in charge. Wynne is an islamophile that’s going to get hundreds killed in gay bar first and then massive Jihad bombings on Public transit since the TTC has a history of hiring jew-hating pro-jihad followers of islam.

  • Yo Mama

    It has been provent that green energy has reduced the poverty……. of some.

    Former federal Liberal Party of Ontario with no electrical engineering background went from a upper-middle class lawyer to being worth 8 figures thanks to the green energy companies he was part owner of that the Ontario Liberal government gave all sorts of lucrative contracts to.

  • Clink9

    All involved should be flogged on the steps of Queen’s Park.

  • Waffle

    Despite warnings from experts and independent government agencies that adopting wind and solar would be unworkable, kill coal remained the Liberal objective, and the focus shifted to wind and solar as renewable replacements — although the cost-benefit analysis never looked at the economic costs of a transition to renewables.

    Something else at play here — follow the money.

  • simus1

    Used in this context, “rampant” is the short form for “blatant and steadily escalating”.

  • Maggat

    I think Kakistocracy better describes Wynne and her band of thieves.

  • Bataviawillem

    Just received me hydro bill, it was one and a half times higher than last bill.