Our friend Tyler Hamilton of the Toronto Star has coughed up another story, and boy does it stink!
There's just too much absurdness in his deranged essay to do anything but shake your head and weep softly. You cannot simply approach it and argue point by point, because there are no points to grasp on to. How can you respond to the flailing insanity, such as where Tyler explains why it's OK that the Ontario government is paying twelve times more for solar power than retail rate:
Yes, we are paying 80.2 cents per kilowatt-hour for small rooftop solar, a rate often cited by critics to stir up anger over the program, but let’s keep it in perspective. Small solar only makes up 1 per cent of all FIT applications and its current contribution to Ontario’s overall system supply is about .08 per cent – too small to register on your bi-monthly bill.
It's so expensive, but don't worry because we're buying only a really tiny amount! Ow, our brain cells! Oh, and this is the article he titles "FIT program a success" -- ow! ow! ow!
But this maddening moron also knows how to pull the wool. Check out deviously-crafted sentence structure:
At the end of the day the private nuclear operator, Bruce Power, gets what it was contractually promised, as do the operators of natural gas-fired plants, which fetch an estimated 8 to 14 cents per kilowatt-hour.
Youza! Quite a juxtaposition there. Bruce Power gets what it is contractually promised, and that is
The contract with the Ontario Power Authority fixes the price for electricity produced at Bruce A at 6.3 cents per kilowatt-hour.
Quite a ways from the 13.5 c/kWh the province guarantees wind farms, no? Maybe... less than half?
Wind, which makes up about two-thirds of the approved FIT contracts, fetches 13.5 cents per kilowatt-hour under the FIT. Build a new nuclear plant today and wind is more than competitive, with the added bonus that it doesn’t carry any radioactive baggage.
Yeah, sure. More than competitive.
Of course, the most egregiously dishonest part of this greenwash isn't what Tyler wrote; it's what he omitted.
That Ontario is already wildly successful at "greening" its electricity, deriving 3/4ths of its electricity from clean sources. The unhyped, soft-spoken clean sources of nuclear and hydropower, energy sources so cheap they allow Ontario homes to buy electricity for just 6.5-7.5 c/kWh retail. That these wind-and-solar toys are not only ridiculous but redundant. Ontario's "green transition", it already happened; the nuclear-and-hydro success story is the real one. It is fifty times bigger than Ontario's "wind success story". It is a thousand times bigger than Ontario's "solar success story". It isn't worthy of a footnote in Tyler Hamilton's paper.
It's as if the wind-and-solar delusion is to pretend the easy and obvious engineering solutions don't exist. (Oh, and maybe that's just what it is. Here's a footnote in my paper. This is Tyler Hamilton, advocating for very high energy prices for their own sake -- because they force consumption cutbacks. Yes, really.)