September 09, 2004

Powering Ontario

Province hungry for power from Bruce - Toronto Star It appears the Ontario Liberal Government is putting their faith and our money back into private hands and nuclear energy. Despite all the problems that are well documented, globally, with private energy and nuclear reactors our government thinks this to be a smart move. The cost is $2 billion-plus. What does it take to prove to our government that this money could be better off being spent on something productive and beneficial for Ontarians? Another black-out? Or maybe more price-gouging on the part of private energy? Or the constant flow of bills after the generators are up and running again? Who knows? If the Ontario government is determined to spend a boat-load of cash on power than do it rebuilding a public power utility company which has shown to be, when managed properly, always more reliable than private. Possibly build a nice, big wind-generator farm that is more reliable than nuclear power plants which are just money holes and what got Ontario Hydro into trouble in the first place. This money could be better spent on starting a retro-fit fund as well. Strategically retro-fitting large buildings, homes, etc. can save on energy and reduce the concern about running out of power or having to buy it 2nd hand at very expensive rates. There are so many better alternatives to private power and nuclear generators. Our government, if it has found $2-billion to spend on energy, has to be smart. It needs to do its homework and not look for the easy way out. The easy way is what got Ontario into trouble in the first place, mainly under the previous Liberal government, and what set-up the easy sell-off under our previous Conservative government. This is a time to look to viable and clean alternatives other than nuclear and look to take power away from the private sector whose main concern is revenue and not the citizens of Ontario.

1 comment:

Paul Lehmann said...

I couldn't agree with you more...

"This money could be better spent on starting a retro-fit fund as well. Strategically retro-fitting large buildings, homes, etc. can save on energy and reduce the concern about running out of power or having to buy it 2nd hand at very expensive rates."

However, when you assert that a massive wind farm is the answer I am hesitant to jump on board. While wind power is very promising (you know how I feel about windmills) from what I've heard the viability analysis for turbine locations has been completed and the wind supply just isn't there... I was a little shocked when I first heard it but apparently it's true. I mean the great wind does blow everywhere but I guess its hard to find where it blows hardest and often...

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