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GUNTER: Here are more signs of how cultist our green thinking has become

Toronto Sun|Lorne Gunter|September 3, 2022
CanadaEnergy Policy

California is doing just what the Trudeau Liberals are doing – or rather what our Liberals are not doing. Neither California nor Canada is building anywhere near enough new power-generating capacity to fuel our “green” politicians’ eco-dreams. If you’re going to mandate an all-electric vehicle fleet, shouldn’t you at the same time be building power plants or solar farms or wind turbine forests here, there and everywhere? Insisting that all new light-duty vehicles (cars, pickups and SUVs) sold in the country must be electric within 13 years (and 65 per cent must be electric within eight years), will increase Canada’s power demand by at least a third and perhaps closer to one-half. Where’s all that added electricity going to come from?


Want a glimpse of just how cultist North American governments have become over all things “green,” especially electric vehicles? Vancouver is giddy about being the first city in the country to receive an all-electric fire truck.

How is that cultist?

Well, the new e-truck will cost $300,000 more than a comparable diesel model, pump 40 per cent less water and have such a short range (30 km) because of its enormous weight that it will have to have backup diesel power in case it runs out of juice on the way to a blaze.

But, the city points out, it won’t give off diesel fumes and will be much quieter than existing diesel fire trucks. Oh, yeah, cause that’s what I’m most concerned about when my house is on fire – that the pumper might be a little too loud and stinky for the neighbours.

Maybe the ultimate in eco-cultish thinking gone wrong, though, was on display in California late last month.

Taking a cue from our own “green” PM, Justin Trudeau, on Aug. 24 California Governor Gavin Newsom announced that internal-combustion vehicles could no ... more [truncated due to possible copyright]

     

Want a glimpse of just how cultist North American governments have become over all things “green,” especially electric vehicles? Vancouver is giddy about being the first city in the country to receive an all-electric fire truck.

How is that cultist?

Well, the new e-truck will cost $300,000 more than a comparable diesel model, pump 40 per cent less water and have such a short range (30 km) because of its enormous weight that it will have to have backup diesel power in case it runs out of juice on the way to a blaze.

But, the city points out, it won’t give off diesel fumes and will be much quieter than existing diesel fire trucks. Oh, yeah, cause that’s what I’m most concerned about when my house is on fire – that the pumper might be a little too loud and stinky for the neighbours.

Maybe the ultimate in eco-cultish thinking gone wrong, though, was on display in California late last month.

Taking a cue from our own “green” PM, Justin Trudeau, on Aug. 24 California Governor Gavin Newsom announced that internal-combustion vehicles could no longer be sold in his state starting in 2035 (the same year as Trudeau’s similar decree).

Then on Aug. 30, the agency that operates California’s power grid warned current electric car owners in the state to avoid charging them during the current heatwave out of fear that doing so could cause blackouts.

And that’s now, when a relatively small percentage (under four per cent) of vehicles in the state are EVs.

Irony of ironies: Golden State electric car drivers were warned especially not to recharge their vehicles at night because about eight per cent of the state’s grid is powered by solar and, well, the sun doesn’t shine at night.

California is doing just what the Trudeau Liberals are doing – or rather what our Liberals are not doing. Neither California nor Canada is building anywhere near enough new power-generating capacity to fuel our “green” politicians’ eco-dreams.

If you’re going to mandate an all-electric vehicle fleet, shouldn’t you at the same time be building power plants or solar farms or wind turbine forests here, there and everywhere?

Insisting that all new light-duty vehicles (cars, pickups and SUVs) sold in the country must be electric within 13 years (and 65 per cent must be electric within eight years), will increase Canada’s power demand by at least a third and perhaps closer to one-half.

Where’s all that added electricity going to come from? Do you see a lot of nuclear cooling towers going up?

How much farmland is going to be taken out of production for more wind and solar generation? How many provincial parks are going to have to be converted to alternate energy generation sites?

What will the conversion of agricultural land do to food prices, especially with Trudeau’s other recent decree that farmers must use one-third less fertilizer?

The prime minister wants Canadians to consume less meat and more plant-based proteins. He wants at least some of our fossil fuels replaced with biofuels. Both of which will mean crop yields in Canada have to increase by at least 20-30 per cent, which (if he has thought of it at all) Trudeau obviously imagines can be done on less acreage with significantly less fertilizer.

That’s the kind of unthinking, zealous belief that turns a movement into a cult.

Europe is gradually backing away from the cult of “green” as the energy crisis caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine settles in. As winter descends over Germany, France and others, I suspect the face-slap of a few nights with next to no heat or power due to over-commitment to wind and solar will wake more Europeans up to the nightmare their “green” dream has created.

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