The entire country of Canada emits less CO2 than global air travel, which emits 2% of global CO2 emissions. Ontario’s carbon dioxide emissions are so small that they don’t exceed the range of error in the IPCC’s projections. They amount to a rounding error.
Minister Glenn Murray is like the mouse that sets out to kick the elephant’s butt in a fight… amusingly cartoonish but no more credible.
But of course this is not about reducing CO2 emissions or changing the climate – this is about seizing ever greater control of every aspect of our lives.
It will not end here. Obviously this is an incremental process. Like boiling a frog – it is essential the temperature be increased slowly and progressively otherwise the frog jumps out of the pot.
The modern globalist technocratic Fabians – inheritors of the Socialists’ long march through our institutions – see themselves as rulers by right of the population, free to conduct their social experiments in search of their socialist utopia and the perfectibility of man.
And if a few eggs, or an economy, get broken along the way?
Well that’s the cost of progress isn’t it? They and theirs will remain insulated from these adverse consequences, as despots always have, for they and their cause are too important to be inconvenienced by adversity.
So we see the Eurocrats give themselves life-long immunity from prosecution and the US Senators exempt themselves from the onerous ObamaCare they passed without reading.
Here in Ontario they are more subtle – or less confident – and so we have interminable OPP investigations lasting years unable to find evidence, ending quietly after the public’s attention span has been exceeded.
At least the Federal Liberals are more direct and – true to PM Trudeau’s love of the Chinese Communist system – his assault & battery on 2 MPs in the House of Commons will shortly be excused by a Liberal controlled Committee, the Supreme Soviet rubber stamping the Politburo’s every action.
We are not Europeans, but the globalists who espouse the UN’s vision of a world government run by unaccountable and unelected bureaucrats pursue their agenda on every continent. In the March 2016 words of Victor Orban, PM of Hungary:
“Today it is written in the book of fate, that hidden, faceless world powers will eliminate everything that is unique, autonomous, age-old, and national. They will blend cultures, religions, and populations, until our many-faceted and proud Europe will finally become bloodless and docile. If we resign ourselves to this outcome, our fate will be sealed and we will be swallowed up in the enormous belly of the United States of Europe.
We must therefore drag the ancient virtue of courage out from under the silt of oblivion.
First of all, we must put steel in our spines, and we must answer clearly, with a voice loud enough to be heard far and wide, the single most important question determining out fate. The question upon which Europe stands or falls is this:
Shall we be slaves – or men set free?” –
So far the voters that elected this Ontario government, fully knowing their policies and corruption, seem quite comfortable as they croak in their Liberal pot.
Ross McKitrick: Climate crazy Ontari-ari-ario’s no place to grow, but to get the hell out of
The latest news out of Queen’s Park is that Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals plan to deindustrialize Ontario. Of course they don’t call it that; they prefer the term “decarbonize.” But for an industrial economy, the government’s new climate action plan, leaked to reporters this week, amounts to the same thing.
The proposed scheme beggars belief. Having phased out coal-fired power, the province now plans to phase out natural gas, the only reliable alternative for non-baseload generation. Despite electric cars being extremely costly and unpopular, more than one in 10 new car sales will need to be electric, and every two-car household will have to own at least one electric car. All homes listed for sale will require a costly energy audit. Home renovations will have to be geared around energy efficiency as the government defines it, not what the homeowner wants.
Around the time that today’s high-school students are readying to buy their first home, it will be illegal for builders to install heating systems that use fossil fuels, in particular natural gas. Having already tripled the price of power, Queen’s Park will make it all but mandatory to rely on electricity for heating.
There will be new mandates and subsidies for biofuels, electric buses for schools, extensive new bike lanes to accommodate all those bicycles Ontario commuters will be riding all winter, mandatory electric recharging stations on all new buildings, and many other Soviet-style command-and-control directives.
The scheme is called the Climate Change Action Plan, or CCAP, but it would be more appropriately called the Climate Change Coercion Plan: the CCCP.
Reportedly there has been some pushback against this lunacy from within cabinet. While Environment Minister Glen Murray is driving it forward with enthusiasm, his colleagues with economic portfolios are expressing some reluctance. One imagines they have an intuitive sense the CCCP is misguided, but they struggle to say why.
Perhaps I can help. Even if one accepts mainstream climate science as interpreted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), it does not imply that carbon dioxide emissions impose infinitely high costs and should be driven to zero. It only tells us that such emissions may impose modest external costs on other people that emitters should pay for. Nor does it tell us that those emission-related costs are greater than the costs of trying to stop climate change. In fact, the IPCC reports strongly suggest otherwise. Chapter 10 of the IPCC Working Group II report concludes that at low levels of warming (up to two degrees Celsius) the costs will be small relative to the impacts of other economic changes in peoples’ lives, and may well be negative (i.e., a possible net benefit from mild warming).
Translated into practical economics, we could assume that emitting a tonne of carbon dioxide causes a small amount of harm to other people: roughly between zero and 20-dollars’ worth. So emission-reduction policies that cost less than $20 per tonne to implement could be justified based on mainstream science and sound economics. Policies costing more cannot.
The Murray plan however is laden with policies that will cost hundreds or thousands of dollars per tonne to implement — far more than the value of any environmental benefits they generate. They will drive away investment and employment, raise the cost of living and eliminate economic opportunities. No longer will Ontari-ari-ario be “A Place to Grow”; it will be a place to get the hell out of if you want a job and a decent standard of living.
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