A Cautionary Tale on Coal
I was happy to read that at least two state attorneys general are pushing against the political persecution of ExxonMobil by climate activists, who want to use lawsuits, the threat of expensive litigation and possibly jail time to silence critics of global warming alarmism ( “Chilling heat: Two AGs counter brethren’s climate claims” ). Unfortunately here in Canada, my fellow residents of Ontario were too frightened of climate activists to oppose the plan to end coal-fired power generation.
Ontario was once an industrial powerhouse and the home of thousands upon thousands of well-paid manufacturing jobs. But the province lost at least 300,000 manufacturing jobs in the last 15 years when companies either went bankrupt or left Ontario.
That happened largely because our electricity prices have increased 318 percent since 2002, now giving us one of the highest rates in North America. The single most important cause for this staggering rise is that, in the name of “stopping climate change,” we shut down all of our inexpensive coal plants. In 2002, those plants provided about 25 percent of our electricity.
Things will likely be even worse for the United States if President Obama’s climate policies are continued by the next administration. After all, the country gets 33 percent of its power from coal. Pennsylvania gets 40 percent.
See the article here.
- On June 13, 2016