Carson Jerema writes in the National Post, “it will keep getting worse. The cost of gas will continue to rise – and with it, the price of just about everything else. Once this pandemic-induced inflationary period has passed, the Liberals’ enthusiasm for forcing Canadians to lower their standard of living will only grow. Of course, they won’t phrase it that way. They will call it a ‘transition,’ or ‘putting a price on pollution,’ or Canadians ‘doing their part to fight climate change.’” However, he then said “The government might even believe some of it.” And the fact is, they believe all of it.
Jerema does not. He growls that “The reality is that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine showed that the indulgences of green-obsessed politicians in the West are a direct threat to the people of Ukraine, whose lives are being destroyed by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s energy-financed assault, as well as a threat to working people the world over whose ambitions include being able to afford rent and not freezing in the dark. Some countries are beginning to realize this and slow down or reverse their own ‘transitions,’ most notably Germany, which is busy seeking alternatives to Russian natural gas.” But people like Trudeau can’t see it, or if they can, they can’t see what it means.
Jerema tries to explain it to them:
“It would be one thing if there was a viable option to accelerate a transition to, but the choice isn’t between dirty oil and some clean, plentiful and reliable unicorn fuel. It is a choice between expanding the increasingly efficient extraction of oil and gas, supplemented by renewables, on one side, and a world full of shortages and higher and higher fuel costs on the other. Unfortunately, the government has been consistent and unyielding in its goals. After he was named environment minister last fall, Steven Guilbeault said, ‘Natural gas emits greenhouse gas and contributes to climate change. We have to reduce those emissions just like we have to reduce coal emissions.’”
After noting the government’s dodgy accounting on its carbon tax rebates, he adds “Trudeau’s goal of ‘accelerating the transition’ ignores the fact that it was an expedited shift to renewable energy driven by government fiat that left Europe vulnerable in the first place. Solar and wind power are still too unreliable and battery technology is not nearly advanced enough. Relying on renewables to replace energy from shuttered coal and nuclear plants while also being overly reliant on Russian natural gas has been disastrous.”
Thus “Trudeau’s policies will not bring stability, as he claims, but could, instead, force a replay of European energy politics over the last 20 years.” And instead of freedom from want and dependence on tyrants, we’ll be more beholden to them despite our fatuous hopes.
Exactly. What you see is what you get. Including the stupidity.
P.S. With Vladimir Putin deliberately targeting Ukraine’s energy sector in a murderous fit of petulance, you’d think people would get the importance of nuclear, fossil fuel and yes also hydro power. Instead someone actually commented on one of our videos (regrettably YouTube does not seem to permit the copying of links to comments) that “Russia is obviously concerned about renewables providing energy security. Russian missiles and drones have destroyed 90% of wind power and 50% of solar power facilities in Ukraine. Just like in the US, fossil fuels keep people dependent on entrenched power. Renewables by contrast provide a path to (low cost) energy independence.” To which we can only reply, with the Duke of Wellington, “If you can believe that you can believe anything.”