Monday, January 24, 2011

Hudak slammed over his non-plan for Ontario Energy

From The Star:

Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak...claiming that provincial investments in green energy will actually cost jobs... this conclusion is based on a flawed Spanish academic study and a subsequent paper from an Italian think-tank. The 2009 study has been widely and thoroughly discredited.

“The primary conclusion made by the authors — policy support of renewable energy results in net job losses — is not supported by their work,” states a white paper produced by an arm of the U.S. Department of Energy.

The critique goes on to note that the study “lacks transparency and supporting statistics and . . . fails to account for important issues.” That could easily be a reference to Hudak’s own energy statements.

He says, “we must create a strong, reliable and affordable energy plan that puts consumers first.” But Hudak has yet to indicate what he means by any of that. He condemns rising hydro bills but has not explained how he would pay to bring new power on-line (or even where it would come from) and upgrade transmission lines.

Instead of recycling discredited studies to launch yet more attacks on McGuinty’s government, Hudak would better serve Ontarians by telling us all how he proposes to keep the lights on.

We saw the Hudak agenda on energy - appoint cronies to important boards, and mismanage the system so badly with major brownouts and blackout, losing 1,800 megawatts of energy, as much as if Niagara Falls ran dry. Hudak's energyless energy plans would cost Ontario families jobs and move our economy and our environment backward.

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