Green side up

Ontario was once the wealthiest province in Canada, back when I used to live there, but no more. It is in the process of proving that while there may be much ruin in a great nation, eventually you really can ruin the place if you work at it long enough and hard enough. Australia is apparently going to go down that same path: Dual threat to energy guarantee from ALP and conservatives. Here then is a cautionary tale proving there are some people for whom no level of ruin is ever enough: $312 Billion: Green Energy Makes Ontario the Most Debt-Ridden Province on Earth. Not long, worth your time, and here is something to get you started.

A major issue has been crippling energy and environmental policies. It began when, in 1992, then-premier Bob Rae appointed businessman and former UN Under-Secretary-General Maurice Strong to be chairman of Ontario Hydro. At the time, Ontario was a prosperous, economically sound province. Strong changed that when he applied the energy and environmental policies he proposed for the entire world. In 1992, he introduced them through his creation of the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) and the conference he chaired in Rio de Janeiro.

At the conference, Strong introduced his creation of Agenda 21, a global energy and environment policy of world-shattering implications, and got it ratified. It was at the same conference that world leaders signed the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The UNFCCC set the ground rules for the UN’s climate science body, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). In Article 1 of the UNFCCC treaty, it specified:

“Climate change” means a change of climate which is attributed directly or indirectly to human activity that alters the composition of the global atmosphere and which is in addition to natural climate variability observed over considerable time periods.

It is a definition that predetermines the outcome of the IPCC’s work. You cannot isolate human causes of climate change without knowledge and understanding of natural changes and mechanisms. The fact that we cannot forecast the weather beyond 72 hours demonstrates how little we understand about natural climate change and its causes. Accurate forecasts require accurate science, and yet the science is still highly immature.

To further his anti-development agenda, Strong needed “science” to isolate and prove that increasing carbon dioxide emissions from industrial activity, a natural outcome of increasing production, would cause runaway global warming. Once the science was determined, the bureaucracies of national weather offices such as Environment Canada (EC) could push policies to cripple energy production, industry, and development. It is not coincidental that Gordon McBean, later assistant deputy minister of EC, chaired the founding meeting of the IPCC in 1985. Other countries and regions were slow to adopt these principles, but in Ontario, Strong was able to use his position at Ontario Hydro to implement with impunity the crippling policies he orchestrated in Rio.

You’ll never guess what happened next.

Might mention that the title is from a Canadian joke about the instructions you have to give to environmentalists who are laying sod for a new lawn.

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30 Responses to Green side up

  1. Confused Old Misfit

    How, in the name of all that is good and holy, do you get this through to politicians who seem bent on following the dictates of Maurice Strong (Even if most of them would not know him or his objectives from a bar of soap)?
    The only party with stated objections to the direction being taken by the major parties is the Australian Conservatives and they have little chance of forming an effective blocking unit in the senate. And likely, by the time they are able to do anything it will be, as in Ontario’s case, when the situation is almost irretrievable.

  2. Nicholas (Unlicensed Joker) Gray

    Why should you need to put the green side up? Maybe the biota on the other side should be given a fair go! We should stamp out greenophilia wherever we find it!

  3. .

    Here then is a cautionary tale proving there are some people for whom no level of ruin is ever enough: $312 Billion: Green Energy Makes Ontario the Most Debt-Ridden Province on Earth. Not long, worth your time, and here is something to get you started.

    Holy cow that is a crippling level of debt.

    23k per Ontarian (13.6 mn). This is not per worker.

    Per worker (7.2 mn), the figure is 44.4k per Ontarian.

    Canada has 1.4 trillion in debt and Federally has a debt to GDP ratio of at least 77%.

    (The interventionist response to/excuse to have a lack of restraint since the GFC in the G7/OECD is going to lead to a devastating debt-fuelled recession. It will be absolutely brutal.)

  4. Bruce of Newcastle

    You cannot isolate human causes of climate change without knowledge and understanding of natural changes and mechanisms.

    Anyone who looks at the natural changes can easily see that about 0.3 C of the 0.74 C* rise last century was due to the natural ~60 year cycle in the oceans, which is now reversing course. Another 0.3 C or so is due to the effect of the Sun on cloud cover. Solar activity is also falling, which is why there has been no global temperature increase this century in the satellite data.

    Remove 0.6 C out of the 0.74 C and you have only a fifth remaining due to CO2 and everything else. That is why the empirical climate sensitivity is about 0.7 C/doubling not the 3.5 C/doubling that the IPCC assumes. Therefore CO2 is almost entirely harmless.

    The IPCC doesn’t include these natural components in their models, which is why they run hot. If they ever did so the climate scam would end, and the money would dry up.

    Australia therefore should cease this catastrophic destruction of the energy grid immediately, before more people are harmed by insanely high electricity prices.

    * 0.74 C is the IPCC figure from their AR4 report.

  5. egg_

    $312 Billion: Green Energy Makes Ontario the Most Debt-Ridden Province on Earth.

    Is this a laissez faire Frog attitude?

  6. max

    our figures are bad as well:

    GDP 1991 = 0.45 T
    GDP 2018= 1.8 t

    total debt:
    1991 = 0.8 T
    2018 = 6.8 T

  7. Under the tutelage of Pierre Elliot Trudeau, Canada’s national debt snowballed. Then, after several years with the sane in charge, surpluses were gradually eroding that monstrous debt.
    Then the voters put another Trudeau at the helm, and now it is out of all proportion.

  8. egg_

    Anyone who looks at the natural changes can easily see that about 0.3 C of the 0.74 C* rise last century was due to the natural ~60 year cycle in the oceans

    Interestingly, rapid pulses in sea level rise appear to have a duration c. 120 years.

  9. struth

    It’s enough to make you so sad, your eyebrows will fall off your face.

  10. Habib

    The fact that all of these cretins are living in fat city rather than been hurled into the ether via the cargo door on a Chinook illustrates how far down the road to serfdom we are. These people are clearly our enemy, and a re rewarded for their sabotage.

    Uncle.

  11. Confused Old Misfit

    Australia therefore should cease this catastrophic destruction of the energy grid immediately, before more people are harmed by insanely high electricity prices.

    How does one get this message through to the people who can do something about it?

  12. Biota

    This is what concerns me about those who think Australia needs a hard dose of Shortenomics. Nothing is enough for the left so if it doesn’t work try harder with more OPM. See Venezuela and now Ontario.

  13. Confused Old Misfit

    Is this a laissez faire Frog attitude?

    The late premier of Ontario was an anglo-saxon lesbian socialist. A watermelon.

  14. Confused Old Misfit

    And yes, there is a great deal wrong with that on ALL levels!

  15. egg_

    Is this a laissez faire Frog attitude?

    4.2% French speaking.

  16. John Bayley

    …Ontario the Most Debt-Ridden Province on Earth

    And here I was thinking Queensland was within a cooee of that honour.
    Well never mind; we’re still working on it.
    Comrades!

  17. max

    not related but interesting:

    Three people in a polyamorous relationship recognized as legal parents of a child in Canada

    “Society is continuously changing and family structures are changing along with it,” Justice Robert Fowler wrote in his decision. “This must be recognized as a reality and not as a detriment to the best interests of the child.”

    Only one of these men is the biological father of the child;

  18. Speedbox

    Three people in a polyamorous relationship recognized as legal parents of a child in Canada.

    The real damage to the poor little girl/boy will be when the three people split up. Kid will have to endure access weekends roundabout not to mention one in three birthdays, Christmas, holiday periods etc with each ‘parent’.

    When this crap becomes more widespread, we will create a whole new class of individuals requiring on-going psychiatric care.

    How does one get this message through to the people who can do something about it?

    The problem COM, and you know it, is that there are precious few who recognise the danger or perhaps more accurately, are prepared to do anything about it. Appeal to our Prime Minister? Appeal to the Energy Minister? Perhaps we could alert the media? Too many vested interests and/or ideological chasms to cross. Never going to happen.

    I marvel at how “we” have screwed this country in such a short time. The last 10 years (in particular) have been an orgy of destruction in terms of the loss of lifestyle, increased household costs, decimated manufacturing, increased tax, stripping of Australian culture, increased surveillance and loss of personal freedoms. Absolutelyfuckingamazing.

  19. Confused Old Misfit

    I marvel at how “we” have screwed this country in such a short time. The last 10 years (in particular) have been an orgy of destruction in terms of the loss of lifestyle, increased household costs, decimated manufacturing, increased tax, stripping of Australian culture, increased surveillance and loss of personal freedoms.

    And a lot of it can be laid at the doorstep of people like Justice Robert Fowler. “Society is continuously changing and family structures are changing along with it,” is a cop out. Lazy, ill considered reasoning; made to ensure his “woke” credibility in the ranks of the elite who will never have to deal with the social fallout of this and other similar decisions.

  20. DaveR

    The only politician in Australia who can do something about Australia’s long march down the road to Ontarian socialism (marxism) is Tony Abbott. He can remove Turnbull, and shut down the coalition in the House of Reps, almost by himself, let alone with some support. Tony – do something, for the sake of aus all.

  21. Aynsley Kellow

    There are a couple of errors in this.
    1. There was no IPCC in 1985 – it was established in 1988.
    2. Agenda 21 was never ‘ratified’ – because it is not an agreement and is a non-binding action plan, This is why it has been rather insidious: it has been invoked when convenient, but its legal status is that it was ‘noted’ by governments.
    I studied Ontario Hydro during this period, and it was an expansionary monster that wanted to expand its nuclear plant, and was quite happy to invoke climate change, acid rain, etc to advance that cause. There is an obvious reason why Canada hosted the 1988 Toronto Conference: Ontario Hydro had nuclear plans, and had take-or-pay contracts for Ontario uranium in excess of its needs; Canada had Candu technology it wished to develop and export, and an FTA with the US so export tot he US was an attractive possibility.
    Strong was one solution – but very much a iatrogenic remedy!

  22. John Bayley

    The real damage to the poor little girl/boy…

    You forgot to mention “xe”. They seem to be everywhere these days. /sarc

  23. Gerard

    Strong’s objective was the destruvtion of Western economies. He made that very clear.

  24. Confused Old Misfit

    Labor is warning that a government proposal to impose 10 years of legislated emissions cuts on the electricity sector will be too weak and will undermine its support for Malcolm Turnbull’s signature ­energy policy, which also faces the prospect of a backbench rebellion led by Tony Abbott…

    Details of the national ­energy guarantee released last week ­revealed the 100 biggest users of electricity — those with a peak load of more than 5 megawatts — would be accountable for the reliability of supply, sparking concern from the Ai Group and Energy Users Association of Australia.

    Mr Abbott yesterday signalled he could oppose the proposed ­NEG even if it was approved by the COAG energy council in ­August. He likened it to a “carbon tax in disguise” …

    This is a policy to punish big energy users and to effectively subsidise green power, all with zero effect on temperatures and with costs passed on consumers. Why is the Turnbull Government doing it?

    Simon Benson:

    Likening the national energy guarantee to a carbon tax was a naked attempt from Tony Abbott to raise the stakes in his personal battle with Malcolm Turnbull.

    It was a pointed reminder to colleagues that Turnbull has been down this road before…

    Many of Turnbull’s colleagues … have been prepared to give him the benefit of the doubt over the NEG, based on assurances from Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg that it would not be an energy intensity scheme.

    But the release of the draft ­detail design report for the NEG — the nuts and bolts for how it will work — appears to have confirmed that it will indeed be an EIS, if not by name then by its effect…

    Even Labor has confirmed that, as far as it is concerned, it is an EIS, to the extent that it will adopt it and inject it with steroids because it doesn’t think it goes far enough in the setting of emissions targets.

    This is the political danger with which Turnbull is now presented. He and Frydenberg will be asked to explain to the Liberal party room today why they think it won’t be an EIS, after promising that it wouldn’t be.

    Via Andrew Bolt
    Turnbuckle & Fryerboy are two lying POS.

  25. Dr Fred Lenin

    The present parlours state of the West can be fully attributed to career politics , probably the most useless and dangerous fools who have ever lived . We must remove power from these fools ,rule must be by referendum, continual referenda on all subjects affecting the people . The abolishing of career politics could take two actins, Legistlation limiting political office to one term in a persons lifetime and the criminalising of political donations of all amounts , donations are really bribes and bribery is against the law . Along with voluntary voting by taxpayers only or former taxpayers retired , and no preferencial voting would be result in real rule of the people .

  26. .

    Too much “democracy” Dr F. The Greeks would still call that aristocracy.

    Sortition, recall elections and use of the initiative as a veto power. That might be technically called “demarchy”, but the Greeks thought that was democracy.

    Electing political dynasties as we do here in Australia, Canada and the USA is the mark of an aristocratic system.

    Mike Baird and Kim Beazley are our high born little lordlings.

  27. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Feels suspiciously like the decline and fall of the Roman Empire all over again.

    Thanks though Bruce of Newcastle for your excellent summary above of the over-hyped grand theory of anthropogenic global warming in relationship to other aspects of climatic variation. The resultant greenery from this over-hyping is currently one of the major problems in our coming downfall. That and loss of faith in the West, and in particular, the loss of stable families.

  28. JohnA

    max #2741601, posted on June 19, 2018, at 12:12 pm

    our figures are bad as well:

    GDP 1991 = 0.45 T
    GDP 2018= 1.8 t

    total debt:
    1991 = 0.8 T
    2018 = 6.8 T

    But max that is the wrong measure, designed to frighten rather than inform.

    Would you measure the current balance of your house mortgage (if you have it) against your annual household income?
    That is GDP (already a meaningless Keynesian figure, mind you) is a measure of the income generating capacity of the economy per annum, while the debt is a measure of the liabilities of the nation (or government, if that is what is being measured) at a point in time.

    It compares a P&L item against a balance sheet item, which is not meaningful. Or as the doomlord might say, comparing a state with a flow.

    A more useful ratio would be the annual servicing cost (interest plus repayment of capital) compared to the GDP. That is, how much of the revenue flow is available to satisfy the debt servicing burden? Then we would be comparing like with like: annual cash flow in vs annual cash flow out to meet the commitments.

  29. .

    The measure I like to analyse is the servicing cost compared to the monetary value of per capita GDP growth.

    From there, you can see if demand generally can translate into labour demand growth and hence higher real wages or job creation.

  30. Amadeus

    Tomorrow will be a catastrophic day for solar panelists….dadadutdadaaaaar……June 22…!!!! OMG…!!!!

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