Hoping plan won’t blow up

Premier Kathleen Wynne and Environment minister Glen Murray are going to save the planet with their new “Climate Action Plan.”
After the Ontario legislature begins its summer vacation, the “action plan” will be released. They really don’t want any embarrassing questions asked in the House.
Well, Ontario residents had better start saving to stay warm in future winters. A good warm pair of boots also will be needed when the electric battery powering your “green” car or truck fails somewhere between Atikokan and Thunder Bay, or Warroad and Winnipeg, and your extension cord can’t reach the next power station.
Ontario Hydro probably will decline to put electrical outlets on all of their poles in rural Ontario, although the province is planning to add more fast-charging spots at GO stations, LCBOs, and Service Ontario outlets.
The issue is that a “fast charge” takes about eight hours to charge a vehicle. It is a long fill-up.
Faster chargers are available but they require a 480-volt source and draw 125 amps. Whole cities would have to be rewired to support that demand.
They can charge a vehicle in 30 minutes but the line-ups would be long.
Some blue-sky dreamers believe Ontario residents should not build any homes after 2030 that use natural gas or oil heat. And by 2050, all homes should be converted to electrical use (the province still will have gas turbine plants producing electrical energy).
Fossil fuel-operating vehicles all will have to be banned.
We all know what has happened with the Wynne government’s energy action plan. Energy minister Bob Chiarelli has encouraged Ontarians to conserve electrical energy by improving the insulation in their homes and switching to very low energy LED lighting.
The energy action plan was successful as electrical energy use in Ontario dropped dramatically. The result was that Ontario Hydro had to raise electrical rates for the drop in usage.
And, oops, we now have a surplus of electrical power that we can’t give away.
Enbridge has contracted to build a huge gas electric plant in Nepean while another company is building a similar huge plant in Sarnia—both to supply electrical power for decades to come to Ontario Hydro.
As such, we will have even more power. Why would an energy company build a gas-fired electric plant that will be phased out in a decade? Did the premier and the minister forget about those projects?
The solution now is to ban homeowners from using natural gas to heat their homes and instead insist they buy electrical power to heat their homes and power their thermal heat pumps.
And the Wynne government is promising to provide huge subsidies to homeowners, businesses, government operations, and industries to eliminate gas heating from their buildings.
The government also will subsidize renewable energy that comes from agricultural, forestry, and waste products. But ethanol from corn or wood requires more energy to produce than it produces.
New building codes will be introduced. The “Golden Horseshoe” will have more fast trains to speed workers in and out of Toronto.
The list is long and endless, including electric buses for school boards and transport trucks.
Mr. Murray and Premier Wynne both must be riding high, or are in their hydrogen-filled balloon hoping this plan can fly and that it won’t blow up in their faces.

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