Ottawa, Canada is following Germany’s failed climate goals

The city’s government has learned little from others that have inflicted huge electricity costs on their citizens

By Ronald Stein

Ambassador for Energy & Infrastructure, Irvine, California

Shockingly, just to reduce emissions to supposedly stop climate change, the city of Ottawa, Canada is following the lead of Germany, Australia, and California that now have among the highest costs for electricity because of their decarbonization efforts.

Ottawa is prepared to bankrupt the city and risk the safety of its most vulnerable citizens to put their plans in place to achieve its “net-zero by 2050” target, regardless of its impact on the lifestyles of its citizens.

The City is totally in sync with the ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) investments that are all the rage on Wall Street these days. Political leaders like Al Gore, billionaires like Michael Bloomberg, and more than 180 CEOs signed the Business Roundtable corporate purpose statement supporting ESG goals to divest from all 3 fossil fuels of coal, natural gas, and crude oil, just to reduce emissions. 

The domino effect of tinkering with the supply chain of fossil fuels is supply shortages and soaring prices for not only electricity, but for the thousands of products that support the entire medical industry, all branches of the military, airports, electronics, communications, merchant ships, container ships, and cruise liners, as well as asphalt for roads, and fertilizers to help feed the world.

What’s Ottawa’s motivation for encouraging deterioration of the oil infrastructure that is guaranteed to inflict irreparable harm to the supply chain of crude oil to refineries that manufacture oil products for the world’s infrastructures and it’s 8 billion people?

Who knows, but efforts to cease the use of crude oil would be the greatest threat to civilization, not climate change. It would result in billions of fatalities from disease, malnutrition, and weather-related deaths. Imagine the cold, misery, and loss of life under a scenario where cities attempt to generate 100 percent of their electricity from breezes and sunshine.

The ESG factors apparently driving Ottawa’s agenda and that of the banking industry are an attempt to bring us back to a world like that in the 1800’s when the world was truly “decarbonized.”  Back then, life was hard and dirty, and most people never traveled more than 100-200 miles from where they were born. With no coal or natural gas power plants, life expectancy was short and we had not discovered that crude oil could be manufactured into so many of the vitally important products that we take for granted today.

Indeed, the primary usage of crude oil is NOT for the generation of electricity, but to manufacture derivatives and fuels which are the ingredients of everything needed by our economies and lifestyles to exist and prosper. Energy realism requires that the legislators, policymakers, and media, most of whom demonstrate a pervasive ignorance about crude oil usage, start to understand the staggering scale of the decarbonization movement.

Europe’s obsession with breezes and sunshine has sent electricity prices rocketing. The average cost of electricity for delivery in the short term soared to record levels in 2021, rising over 200 per cent in Germany, France, Spain, and the UK, largely due to their excessive reliance on wind and solar power. 

The electricity crunches in Germany, Australia, and California are straining budgets and has become one of the biggest political challenges to protect vulnerable citizens and mid-sized businesses from price increases, fueling (no pun intended) inflation just as governments contend with the spread of the omicron virus variant.

Skyrocketing costs of electricity due to the intermittent generation from breezes and sunshine inflict massive damage on the less fortunate as an unwanted regressive expense. In addition, “green want-to-be” governments like that of the City of Ottawa remain oblivious to United Nations warnings about the negative consequences of the demand for exotic minerals and metals for wind, solar, and EV batteries that includes worldwide ecological degradation and atrocious human rights abuses.

They also appear ignorant of the fact that at least 80 percent of humanity, or more than 6 billion people, are now living on less than $10 a day and billions have little to no access to electricity. They would love to have the fossil fuels that have so blessed our societies. Yet Canadian and American politicians are pursuing the most expensive ways to generate intermittent electricity from wind and solar power, while subsidizing the working poor to hide the real costs of their plans. Third-world governments cannot subsidize themselves out of a paper bag. Their poor must bear the brunt of any virtue signaling their governments might engage in.

No wonder India, China and other coal-dependent developing nations rejected developed countries’ attempts to commit them to phasing out “unabated” coal-fired power at the UN’s climate change meeting in Scotland. India’s Minister for Environment and Climate Bhupender Yadav put it well:

“How can anyone expect that developing countries can make promises about phasing out coal and fossil fuel subsidies when developing countries still have to deal with their development agendas and poverty eradication?”

Similarly, Chinese COP26 Delegate Li Zheng asserted,

“To demonize fossil fuel will only hurt ourselves.”

In addition, Asians and Africans, many of them children from the poorer and less healthy countries, are being enslaved and are dying in mines and factories to obtain the exotic minerals and metals required for the green energy technologies Ottawa politicians and other western leaders so favor. The 2-minute video from Planet of the Humans illustrates the “blood minerals” needed for EV batteries, solar panels, and wind turbines.

Renewables do have a role to play in our energy usage. But we need to consider what they can do and what they cannot. Science shows that wind and solar can generate electricity, albeit intermittently, but science also shows us that wind and solar CANNOT manufacture the oil derivatives that are the basis of thousands of products we now take for granted.

Depriving its citizens of the more than 6,000 products that were non-existent before 1900, made from the oil derivatives manufactured from crude oil, as so many politicians across the developed world are planning to do, is immoral as extreme shortages will result in fatalities from diseases, malnutrition, and weather-related deaths.

As the City of Ottawa pursues electrification of it grid from breezes and sunshine, and electrification of all of its vehicles, at any cost, it remains oblivious to the real world needs of its citizens. To learn more about this travesty, please see “A CAUTIONARY TALE FOR GOVERNMENTS AROUND THE WORLD,” the January 19, 2020 report of the International Climate Science Coalition – Canada that thoroughly deconstructs Ottawa’s dangerous plans.

Ronald Stein, P.E.

Ambassador for Energy & Infrastructure

http://www.energyliteracy.net/

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climanrecon(@climanrecon)
January 25, 2022 2:15 am

Huh? Global Warming has been kind to Ottawa, changing its very-very cold winter nights to merely very cold winter nights, and doing very little to its summer days. Virtue signalling, obviously trumps common sense, especially when coupled with ignorance of the climate of the past.

Paul Hurley (aka PaulH)
Reply to  climanrecon
January 25, 2022 5:41 am

The low temperature forecast for Ottawa for tomorrow (January 26, 2022) is -27C/-17F. Even that dreaded 1.5C temperature increase won’t help.

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climanrecon(@climanrecon)
Reply to  climanrecon
January 25, 2022 12:56 pm

Ottawa winter daily Tmins (official homogenised data, from the Canadian Climate Politburo):

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RickWill
Reply to  climanrecon
January 25, 2022 2:39 pm

Would be interesting to see how much energy is consumed in proximity to measuring stations over those 130 years.

NH has a downward trend in winter sunlight over the past 400 years so the minimums should be decreasing, not increasing. My bet is UHI is influencing the measurements.

DMacKenzie
Reply to  climanrecon
January 26, 2022 11:46 am

Wow, Ottawa just keeps getting nicer and nicer, ‘specially at night…

Rob
Reply to  climanrecon
January 25, 2022 1:12 pm

If only that were true! The warm December of 2021 has been replaced by one of the coldest January’s. We have had a string of very very cold nights (below -25 C) with tonight forecast for -31. Fluctuation over the last 20 years I have lived here has been large, but there is no trend in overnight minima.

Ron Long
January 25, 2022 2:16 am

Looks like our northern neighbor, Canada, will cripple their economy and cause special hardship to the lower economic residents, and for naught. China will add far more CO2 to the atmosphere than Canada could possibly “remove” (not contribute?). Since China is enhancing atmospheric plant food, participating in the greening of the earth, they win twice. The last statistic I saw was that 80% of Canadians live within 100 miles of the southern USA border. You’d think they would welcome some more warmth so they could spread out a little.

Derg
Reply to  Ron Long
January 25, 2022 5:12 am

This ^

Greg61
Reply to  Ron Long
January 25, 2022 5:35 am

It’s being going on for a while. The last liberal government in my province of Ontario waged an 8 year campaign to close 8 coal generating plants, spending a vast fortune to build wind and solar via subsidies, and the back up natural gas plants needed at a 1-1 ratio. Of course, China added 8 new coal plants within 2 months after they announced this campaign.

Frank from NoVA
Reply to  Ron Long
January 25, 2022 6:35 am

“I saw was that 80% of Canadians live within 100 miles of the (northern) USA border”

Also a stones throw from Quebec, home of Quebec Hydro. Always amazes me that the most “green” political jurisdictions, e.g., Seattle and California, are careful not to cut their umbilical cords to secure and/or ample sources of hydro power.

DMacKenzie
Reply to  Ron Long
January 25, 2022 7:40 am

Canada’s economy has already been crippled. Oil exports from West Coast ports have been outlawed by an oil tanker ban ostensibly to protect whales, while US tankers sail past a few miles offshore. British Columbia approved a dozen LNG development sites but not a single one proceeded due to aboriginal Salmon fishing and land right legal claims financed by eco groups. Canada 0 LNG, while US became world’s largest exporter. The drilling industry was hobbled by tax rules brought in 2 months after Trudeau’s election that don’t allow exploration costs to be tax deductible that put all small explorers out of business and killed the drilling fund investments. So much damage can not be done without a plan…..

Bob Hunter
Reply to  DMacKenzie
January 25, 2022 9:01 am

90+% of Canada’s Fossil Fuel reserves are on the CDN prairies. And the CDN prairies elect very few Liberal MPs. It is that simple folks, especially when you have Liberal MPs and staffers that have a limited understanding of economics.

Reply to  DMacKenzie
January 25, 2022 9:34 am

FOREIGN DONORS OPENED WALLETS TO ‘HURT’ ALBERTA ENERGY SECTOR: REPORT
‘We have a right to be outraged,’ said Energy Minister Sonya Savage of the scale of foreign funds aimed at damaging the oil and gas industry.
Tyler Dawson Publishing date: Oct 21, 2021  •  October 24, 2021 
https://calgarysun.com/news/canada/foreign-donors-gave-1-3-billion-to-canadian-environmentalists-to-hurt-alberta-energy-sector-report/
Excerpt:
Of the $1.3 billion found to be donated by foreign groups, $897 million went to 31 Canadian environmental non-governmental organizations, nearly $22 million to six environmental legal organizations, and a further $6 million to other anti-Alberta resource organizations. A further $352 million, the report says, remained within the United States, but “focused on Canadian-based environmental initiatives.”
 
The Steve Allan report is technically credible – the Alberta politicians‘ spin is whitewash. I could interpret Canada Bill C76 as prohibiting foreign funding to influence Canadian elections and Canadian policy, especially when false statements are being made by foreign-funded entities.
 
USA leftists spent $1.3 billion to pay Canadian leftist NGO’s to vilify our energy industry, and the cost to Alberta and Canada in lost energy revenues excels $120 billion – all based on a pack of green global warming falsehoods.
 
Much-needed oil pipelines to the East and West Coasts have been blocked by the corrupt actions of phony-green Marxists, heavily-bribed bribed by foreign interests. Our idiot/corrupt politicians have sleep-walked through these destructive leftist schemes for the past decade, resulting in a financial loss to Canada of over $120 billion, equivalent to $1.2 trillion if it happened in the USA.
 
Notwithstanding this Marxist criminal activity, Canada remains the 4th largest oil producer in the world and the largest foreign supplier of energy to the USA. The cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline by the woke-corrupt Biden administration is another example of traitorous leftist energy policy.  At the same time, Biden pleaded with USA enemies Russia and Saudi Arabia to increase oil production to lower prices – more sleepwalking by traitorous American and Canadian politicians. A rational country would imprison-for-life all these traitors on Baffin Island and re-establish a rational strategic energy policy for our neighboring countries.  
 
Regards, Allan
 
 

Reply to  Ron Long
January 25, 2022 8:19 am

Thank you Ron for your good comments.
Justin Trudeau’s Brave New World plan for Canada is the Great Reset of the World Economic Forum, a Marxist group that has infiltrated almost all governments and other institutions in the developed world.
The same plans are being implemented all over the world, with the same objectives, by the same people.
The false crises of Climate and Covid have been used to manipulate the foolish and the gullible into supporting destructive policies that will destroy economies and cost many lives.
We have already travelled far down this Road to Venezuela, the road to poverty and dictatorship.
The plan includes energy poverty, economic destruction, and depopulation. It is clearly not an error, but a strategy. No rational person or group could be this wrong for this long.
The twin scams of Climate and Covid were developed and promoted by scoundrels and believed in by imbeciles. Our countries are being destroyed from within by traitors. The solutions and the penalties are well known.

January 25, 2022 2:41 am

IN PICTURES: SNOW BLANKETS ATHENS, GREEK ISLANDS AND ISTANBUL
Snow blanketed most of Turkey and Greece, including several Aegean islands.

More “global warming”…
Told you so, 20 years ago.

griff
Reply to  Allan MacRae
January 25, 2022 10:34 am
Joel O'Bryan(@joelobryan)
Reply to  griff
January 25, 2022 10:52 am

Let’s call them both what they are, winter and summer weather.

Reply to  griff
January 25, 2022 10:58 am

Hello griff,

Let’s not make this a long conversation. You appear to be a paid warmist troll.

Re your comment:
Global average temperatures will continue to cool by a few tenths of a degree through February 2022. This is minor cooling, but the greater harm to humanity and the environment is caused by major cold diversions toward the equator of the polar vortex, dangerous events that occur during the current period of low solar activity, such as the cold of last February that killed some 700 people last year in the mid-west USA or the extreme cold that is hitting the Mediterranean counties now..

These cold localized events are typically accompanied by localized warm events nearby – the heat has to go somewhere.

The problem is that the cold kills people and crops, whereas the heat does much less damage.
COLD WEATHER KILLS 20 TIMES AS MANY PEOPLE AS HOT WEATHER September 4, 2015
https://friendsofsciencecalgary.files.wordpress.com/2015/09/cold-weather-kills-macrae-daleo-4sept2015-final.pdf
 

January 25, 2022 3:03 am

Nothing about our governments’ woke programs for Climate and Covid ever made any sense – then woke “world leaders” linked the two false crises – and everything they did made things much worse.
There is a powerful logic that says no rational person or group could be this wrong for this long – it’s not an error, it’s a Plan – the economic Roadmap to Venezuela – Poverty and Dictatorship – and it is happening in Canada, the USA, Britain, Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany and many other countries all over the world.
 
IS THIS LEAKED INFO REALLY TRUDEAU’S CRAZY COVID PLAN FOR 2021? YOU DECIDE … – THE CANADIAN REPORT
 
Excerpts:
 
“That it won’t just be Canada but in fact all nations will have similar roadmaps and agendas.”
It can’t be just a coincidence that so many countries have all adopted the same failed, nonsensical policies on Climate and Covid.
 
“Projected SUPPLY CHAIN BREAK DOWNS, inventory shortages, large economic instability. Expected late Q2 2021.”
We are starting to see empty shelves in grocery stores. Simple foods from North America are just not there anymore.
 
I think the leaked document is credible – it is consistent with the paper that I published in 2019 that I know is legitimate.

Reply to  Allan MacRae
January 25, 2022 8:00 am

https://tnc.news/2022/01/24/safety-board-tight-lipped-about-two-pilots-in-flight-health-emergencies/

Well that’s just dandy! You’re flying along in this airplane and suddenly the plane starts to dip towards the ground because the pilot has had a heart attack caused by the toxic COVID-19 vaccines. The second flight officer intervenes, pulls the plane out of the dive, calls for help, passengers with a medical background respond, the flight returns to Calgary and the pilot is pulled off, defibrillated and taken to hospital.
What could possibly go wrong?
Thank you Justin Trudeau for furthering enhancing air safety.

Johanus
January 25, 2022 3:19 am

Who knows, but efforts to cease the use of crude oil would be the greatest threat to civilization, not climate change. It would result in billions of fatalities from disease, malnutrition, and weather-related deaths. Imagine the cold, misery, and loss of life under a scenario where cities attempt to generate 100 percent of their electricity from breezes and sunshine.

Perhaps that is the objective of liberals like Trudeau, to “save” humanity by getting rid of humanity.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planned_Parenthood#Margaret_Sanger_and_eugenics

Vuk
January 25, 2022 3:20 am

No, this is not in Canada, but in the tyny Mediterranean country of Monte Negro, a record low temperature, more typical for Central Siberia, of -33.2C (-28F) was registered. Country’s MetService has confirmed the measurement as accurate.

atticman
January 25, 2022 4:18 am

Another set of ignoramuses who don’t know the difference between MW and MWh! Proof, if it were needed that they don’t know what they’re talking about…

Peta of Newark
January 25, 2022 4:34 am

Quote:”Canada is following Germany’s failed climate goals
Why? why why why
Germany is only doing what they’re doing (the Energywendy) as a ‘virtue‘ and ‘goodness‘ signalling exercise.
Every German is tortured by memories of two World Wars and that Germany played a very significant role in both.
(Hence their seemingly illogical hatred of Nuclear Power)

Thus they are truly paranoid that should another world war break out, they want to be seen to be a million miles away from it.
Else they know that Germany will be erased from the map of Europe, its citizens forcibly scattered to the Four Corners and told, in no uncertain terms, Not To Ever Come Back

So what’s Canadia feeling guilty about?
Is its Exchequer completely bankrupt or does somebody have Tyrannical Tendencies?

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BigE
Reply to  Peta of Newark
January 25, 2022 5:12 am

All the while buying 50% of their oil from Russia who they will now be committing their lives to when the wind and solar panels are offline.

Dave Andrews
Reply to  BigE
January 26, 2022 6:15 am

And 49% of their gas supplies in 2020 up from 36% in 2018

bonbon
Reply to  Peta of Newark
January 25, 2022 5:20 am

Ottawa has reportedly sent elite troops to assist both Canadian diplomats and the Kiev government
and now :
Canadians told to avoid Ukraine
So why is Canada trying to start yet another world war in Europe? Maybe something to do with :
Chrystia Freeland: Rhodes Scholar Trustee of the WEF, Deputy PM of Canada and the Failure of the ‘Super Elite’
https://canadianpatriot.org/2021/02/11/chrystia-freeland-rhodes-scholar-trustee-of-the-wef-deputy-pm-of-canada-and-the-failure-of-the-super-elite/

Ukrainian connections, anyone?
Right now Germany opposes Estonia arms shipments to Ukraine, and the Brits fly arms to Kiev instead over Denmark, not daring to ask German airspace permission. How many Germans remember the Ostfront?

And yes the entire transatlantic is utterly and hoplessly bankrupt, especially since the 2008 debacle. As the last time the British Oligarchy is going for war again. After all Canada’s status as Dominion is evident.

The infamous German Energiewende (Great Transformation) author is Sir John Shellnhuber, CBE, dubbed personally by the Queen at the Berlin Embassy in 2004. The Merkel Coalition adopted this science advisor until his outspoken view that world population should be 1 billion max, became too embarrassing. He was fired in 2014. These views were the CBE qualifier. The damage was done, however.

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MarkW
Reply to  bonbon
January 25, 2022 9:43 am

OstFront, that would be the fort that was only 30% finished and manned by retirees and children who weren’t issued enough guns or ammo when they were sent to the fort?

bonbon
Reply to  MarkW
January 25, 2022 10:35 am

More like this : From Library of Congress :

iiif-service_gmd_gmd7_g7064_g7064v_ct000790-full-pct_12.5-0-default.jpg
Mr.
Reply to  Peta of Newark
January 25, 2022 9:20 am

Peta, I have similar thoughts about why Germany is so into self-flagellation – still on a guilt trip over WWII.

Consider also their enthusiasm for hosting illegal immigrants from Islamic regions.
Just to show that they don’t bear any malice towards non Aryan people of certaint ancient religions?

fretslider
January 25, 2022 5:13 am

Matters Net Zero will never be a part of a public consultation let alone a referendum; this is very true in the UK where every party and just about every MP is signed up to it. So there’s no choice and no voice. I would imagine Canada to be similar. They dare not ask the Demos.

“Ottawa is prepared to bankrupt the city and risk the safety of its most vulnerable citizens to put their plans in place to achieve its “net-zero by 2050” target, regardless of its impact on the lifestyles of its citizens.”

As an Englishman I’m keenly aware that it’s all the fault of me and my kin…

“We started this industrial revolution in Britain: we were the first to send the great puffs of acrid smoke to the heavens on a scale to derange the natural order.” – Boris Johnson, CoP26

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/ng-interactive/2021/sep/23/boris-johnsons-climate-speech-annotated-what-he-said-and-what-he-meant

All the third/developing world has to do is guilt-trip the West – for everything that has made everybody’s lives so much better.

The UK has issued an energy (blackout) warning…

“David Sheppard of the Financial Times warned that: “These notices are triggered when there’s <500MW of capacity between expected available demand and available generation.”

Millions of Britons at risk of energy blackouts as emergency supply alert sent | Science | News | Express.co.uk

The grid is sailing close to the wind – ha! And we have hardly electrified anything yet.

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bonbon
Reply to  fretslider
January 25, 2022 5:42 am

The so-called developing world is not interested in group therapy gulting, instead in the Belt an Road Initiative, the BRI, or New Silk Road.
China, whose natural order BoJo failed to mention was deranged by Britain, has not forgotten. COP26 was a last hurrah, ending in Sharma’s whimper – he could not deliver the $100 TRILLION Marc Carney (ex BofE) demanded to bail out the swamp.

Paul Hurley (aka PaulH)
January 25, 2022 5:24 am

A brief clip from Tom Harris of the International Climate Science Coalition Canada:
The incredible costs of Ottawa’s ‘climate emergency’ scheme

griff
January 25, 2022 5:26 am
Derg
Reply to  griff
January 25, 2022 5:36 am

Cleanenergywire.org? I get my news from http://www.fakenews.net. Or CNN 😉

michel
Reply to  griff
January 25, 2022 5:44 am

From your own links…

The US:
“The average residential retail price per kilowatt-hour (kW h) is $0.14 as of August 2021.”

Germany
“The average power price for households and small businesses in Germany stood at 32.16 cents per kilowatt hour (ct/kWh) in 2021, according to an analysis by the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW). More than half of the price was due to politically determined components, such as taxes, levies, and surcharges.”

bonbon
Reply to  michel
January 25, 2022 6:10 am

Looks like data only to 11/2021 :

https://www.bdew.de/service/daten-und-grafiken/bdew-strompreisanalyse/
and gas :

https://www.bdew.de/service/daten-und-grafiken/bdew-gaspreisanalyse/

Other than that I never saw a more green site…

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fretslider
Reply to  griff
January 25, 2022 5:45 am

Griff my energy bill in London (Octopus) is ~£140/month and Germany is far more expensive than England.

How the cost of energy in the UK compares to other European countries, in five graphs – Carbon Brief

£140 = 167.23 EUR

And they are paying much more than that.

Reply to  griff
January 25, 2022 6:03 am

Tell us how you will compare average bills by country without used kW/h ?
Only by the total amount of the bill ??
You are mucht dumber that I thought.

MarkW
Reply to  Krishna Gans
January 25, 2022 7:21 am

griff has an agenda that he wants to push. All that matters to him is to push that agenda. Accuracy and honesty don’t matter.

rhs
Reply to  griff
January 25, 2022 6:06 am

Thanks for posting sources.
The cost of my electricity per kwh is $0.0995. Last bill was $108. However, $30 was franchise and maintenance fees.
I used roughly 680 kwh last month. For a family of 4 in a 2,500 square foot house north of Denver.
How many kwh does the average German use? I doubt anywhere near as much.

rhs
Reply to  rhs
January 25, 2022 6:12 am

Nevermind, I found it for you. Less than 3.2 kwh/day. Even if we rounded up to 100 kwh a month, their prices must be close to 6.5 times what I pay.
I’ll keep my methane based electrical generation.
Here’s a link to my source:
https://www.iamexpat.de/housing/real-estate-news/energy-consumption-germany-falling-prices-continue-rise

Out of curiosity, how much do you pay per kwh and how much do you use?

michel
Reply to  rhs
January 25, 2022 6:23 am

I suspect its a mixture of house sizes and air conditioning. Northern Europe residential you really don’t need air con.

bonbon
Reply to  michel
January 25, 2022 6:40 am

Ok, it is not Dallas, but plenty offices EU I know are unbearably hot in summer. Newer offices have no aircon, just some from the ’60’s, effectively banned.
Aircon consists of opening school and office windows in subzero because COVID.

rhs
Reply to  michel
January 25, 2022 6:49 am

I certainly didn’t use AC this past December, it was fricken cold.
The single biggest cost was the furnace and it’s blower. My wife was home a lot and she likes the house temps closer to 71 during the day when I let the fall to 65.

Don Perry
Reply to  griff
January 25, 2022 6:16 am

Well, Griff, I live in the midwest and pay about $80 per month. Maybe if you don’t include California in the averaging, things would look different.

MarkW
Reply to  griff
January 25, 2022 7:20 am

US homes are a lot bigger than German homes.

Just comparing total bills is dishonest. But then again so are most climate alarmists.

3x2
Reply to  griff
January 25, 2022 7:40 am

Last I looked, Germans were paying some 40 cents/kWh. You would need to head for somewhere like Hawaii to come even close. Whatever you do though, don’t be visiting N. Dakota.

You are a real propagandist. “Average” electricity bills indeed.

Incidentally Griff, care to comment on the fact that, of the 42GW the UK currently requires, Wind is providing 4GW and Solar is a rounding error? Where are the other 38GW coming from exactly?

Joao Martins
Reply to  griff
January 25, 2022 8:16 am

… and your conclusion is? …

IanE
January 25, 2022 6:06 am

“Imagine the cold, misery, and loss of life under a scenario where cities attempt to generate 100 percent of their electricity from breezes and sunshine.”

Be fair, they also allow the use of Moonbeams (no, not Moonbat) and Unicorn farts!

tonyb(@climatereason)
Editor
January 25, 2022 6:13 am

Electrification of vehicles in such a vast and cold country as Canada is surely madness?

An EV with heater, fans, headlights, wipers, entertainment all on, driving through extreme cold weather with several people and a load on board are only going to do a fraction of the mileage that will be claimed for it under perfect laboratory conditions.

tonyb

fretslider
Reply to  tonyb
January 25, 2022 6:17 am

Pass the popcorn…..

MarkW
Reply to  tonyb
January 25, 2022 7:24 am

How do you charge the EV’s. They can’t be charged if the battery is colder than about 30F to 40F, and you aren’t allowed to charge them in your garage because of fire danger.

Reply to  tonyb
January 25, 2022 7:26 am

EV needs 13 freezing hours to get 650 km with 3 charging stops and no heater
German car reporter bought a new VW e-Up car in Wolfsburg and drove the 650 km to Munich. But the weather was freezing and to get further on each charge Lisa Brack kept the heating off most of the time. She still needed three charging stops and took 13 hours to get home.

fretslider
Reply to  Krishna Gans
January 25, 2022 7:39 am

13 hours!

Time for a Satchmo tune….

“We have all the time in the world…”

Reply to  fretslider
January 25, 2022 8:04 am

Saving the world will cause some inconveniences, at least 😀

Nick B.
Reply to  tonyb
January 25, 2022 4:52 pm

It was a research Trudeau’s government ordered some time ago from industry professionals. The report explicitly mentioned that it would be not possible to switch to fully electric cars in at least 50 years in Canada. Few months later transition to electric cars was approved by government. Unfortunately did not save the report, could not find it.

Bruce Cobb
January 25, 2022 6:53 am

Renewables do have a role to play in our energy usage.

Eh?They are costly, unreliable, and ruin the electric grid. They hurt the economy, and people. Granted, they do make greedy Greenies richer.

MarkW
Reply to  Bruce Cobb
January 25, 2022 7:26 am

If you include hydro, I would agree that renewables do have a role. As far as wind and solar, their only role is to power places that are too remote to connect to the grid.
Even wind and solar are cheaper than a diesel generator run on diesel hauled in by dog sled.

John Garrett
January 25, 2022 7:16 am

More than a decade ago, V. Putin expressed his puzzlement over European energy policies, posing the question,

“The German public does not like the nuclear power industry for some reason, …But I cannot understand what fuel you will take for heating. You do not want gas, you do not develop the nuclear power industry, so you will heat with firewood? Then you will have to go to Siberia to buy the firewood there,” he said, adding that Europeans “do not even have firewood.”

joe
January 25, 2022 7:39 am

here is last months bill. 1500sf ranch in s.e.michigan. this includes running a genset for two hours on ng during an outage. note jan 2021 and jan 2022 gas usage are close to same. installed about 6″ of blown on cellulose last spring. may have helped. 95% all lighting led. wife worked from home often which may have bumped up a/c consumption. not as bad as others here but totally going in the wrong direction and soon out of control. at the present ,i have no means of producing heat in my home should the ng be interrupted, other than a/c space heaters. genset can be fueled from ng, lpg, and gasoline. on the up side i did get the senior discount. $4.00

I suspect that push back to the climate jackals will come when pipes freeze and rupture.

joe

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joe
January 25, 2022 7:41 am

sorry, can’t seem to post two images to same post

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cgh
January 25, 2022 7:57 am

It’s failed in Ottawa in every sense of the word. At this time, the city is attempting to bring into service a subway system. The project is at least three years late and has been held up by severe technical and basic civil engineering problems. There is no credible estimate of what the system will cost when it’s finally fixed, and there’s no credible date at which it will be operational. It was started in 2013 and supposed to be finished in 2019.

The project has long since blown the entire budget and the Province is thinking about canceling some of its share of the project financing. Worse, the current Mayor and his gang of morons deliberately selected a higher bid in the selection process which failed to meet the technical criteria of the bid.

This litany of abject and complete failure is the principal reason why Bobby Watson isn’t running for Mayor again this year. The disaster of the Ottawa subway provides some reasonable expectation that Ottawa’s doubling down on stupid will go just as badly if any of it is actually attempted. But the real item here is that this is an election year. It’s likely that the grifters in office are just trying to burnish up their CVs for the irritated voters.

joe
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January 25, 2022 8:33 am
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willem post
January 25, 2022 9:17 am

Germany’s has failed climate goals?
You don’t say

You mean the ENERGIEWENDE is in trouble?
Germany will not be shutting down coal and nuclear plants in 2022?

See URL
https://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/the-plot-is-thickening-with-germany-and-france-no-longer-in

Suppose Russia decided not to supply gas to Europe, due to:

1) Decades of “defensive” encroachments of NATO

2) US/UK instigated/encouraged color revolutions, etc., the latest ones in Belarus and Kazakhstan,

a Mercedes, or Audie, or Volkswagen, or anything else made in Europe, could suddenly become up to 50% more costly.

About 1903 additional LNG carrier loads would be required, with a carrier load assumed at 170,000 m3, equivalent to 76,500 metric ton.

In 2020, world LNG demand was 360 million metric ton, equivalent to 4,706 carrier loads.
The immediate increase in carrier loads would be (4706 + 1903)/4706 = 40.4% 
  
https://www.rivieramm.com/opinion/opinion/lng-shipping-by-numbers-36027
https://www.shell.com/energy-and-innovation/natural-gas/liquefied-natural-gas-lng/lng-outlook-2021.html#iframe=L3dlYmFwcHMvTE5HX091dGxvb2svMjAyMS8If

That condition would be in place for about 10 years, because it would take that long to build up additional: 

– Gas production capacity 
– LNG production plants and sending ports
– LNG carriers; average capacity 170,000 cubic meter (compressed and cooled) 
– LNG receiving ports and gasification plants 
– Connections to existing onshore pipe systems, all while:
 
1) Inflation would be off-the-charts
2) Germany’s exports would drastically dwindle.

Germany is currently buying gas from Russia, under long-term contracts, at about $280 per 1000 cubic meter of gas, or $7.93/million Btu

Germany would be buying gas, for many years, at spot prices of at least $1500 per 1000 cubic meter, or $42.47/million Btu 
https://www.reuters.com/business/energy/russian-gas-flows-germany-via-yamal-europe-stop-gascade-data-shows-2021-12-21/

That cost adder would totally ruin Germany’s world competitiveness, and very large trade surplus.

Fighting climate change, closing gas and nuclear plants in 2022, would be on the back burner in the EU

NOTE: 1000 m3 contains 1000 x 35.315 ft3/m3 x 1000 Btu/ft3 = 35,315,000 Btu

markl
January 25, 2022 10:45 am

Lemmings.

Andy Pattullo
January 25, 2022 10:50 am

As a Calgarian in Western Canada I am quite happy for Ottawa to lead by example. I hope they truly commit to this foolish exercise and stay on mission till everyone of those civic politicians is hungry and shivering in the dark. I am pretty sure the citizens they represent will reward them for their efforts in a highly appropriate manner.

Joel O'Bryan(@joelobryan)
January 25, 2022 10:50 am

By trying to limit the capital-intensive Western oil and gas companies and their exploration and development, all the ESG movement does it bring much happiness to OPEC and Russia.

Indeed Russia’s Putin is quite happy now that oil and his natural gas prices are high and thus are filling the Russian treasury with foreign currency so he can fund his military reconquest of Eastern Europe.

Mike Jonas(@egrey1)
Editor
January 25, 2022 12:23 pm

There is a solution to the variability of renewable energy. If, for example, solar energy is high at 3pm while there is little demand, but demand is high at 9pm when there is little solar energy, the length of the supply lines can be increased so that the solar energy arrives at the time that it is needed. For a 6-hour delay, a supply line only 0.4×10^10 miles long would do the trick. 0.4 doesn’t look like much at all, and you can ignore the rest of the formula because no poltician could ever understand it anyway. So, with a bit of wire and a few switches to provide different time delays, the solar panels could deliver energy whenever it is needed.

It’s simple, and it would work just as well as anything else that has been proposed.

David Blenkinsop
Reply to  Mike Jonas
January 25, 2022 5:45 pm

Mike J., I note that when the New Horizons craft approached Pluto in December, 2014, it was taking about 4 1/2 hours for a signal from the spacecraft to reach Earth.

If only they had thought to have New Horizons trail an extension cord to be slung around several of the giant planets on route, they could have had a closed loop power cord that would store power just as you say.

Of course, this could be a big problem for eco-alarmists, introducing an artificial magnetic loop or ‘coil’ into the solar system like that. I mean, if you magnetically end up subtracting too much energy and momentum from, say, Jupiter’s motion, it could come crashing down onto the Earth, etc.

RickWill
January 25, 2022 2:35 pm

or more than 6 billion people, are now living on less than $10 a day 

It is the inequality that is the problem. The easy solution to correct the inequality is to lower the income across the globe. Only unelected elite like those in the UN deserve and command higher incomes.

Mike
January 25, 2022 7:41 pm

Justin Trudeau is the most corrupt, incompetent “leader” in the world, including Biden and Kim Jong-un so it should come as no surprise that Ottawa is committing energy suicide.

Geoffrey Williams
January 25, 2022 10:00 pm

Excellent article Ronald. Problem is that the green left has control of all western governments and they ar e hell bent on carrying out theis destructive policies at all costs.

observa
January 26, 2022 4:44 am

China shrugs off the ambition enhancers abnormal lifers and usual suspects
Xi Jinping warns China’s low-carbon ambitions must not interfere with ‘normal life’ (msn.com)

January 28, 2022 4:17 am

To further publicize our new report on the City of Ottawa’s dangerous climate change plans, we just had a press release put on the PR Newswire wire. It is at:
 
https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/ottawa-s-climate-plans-a-blueprint-for-disaster-that-will-leave-city-polluted-fragile-and-bankrupt–857212865.html.
 
Since this applies to governments across the world, I hope you can share this with as many of your contacts as possible.
 
Thanks for your interest!
 
Tom Harris, B. Eng., M. Eng. (Mech.)
Executive Director
International Climate Science Coalition – Canada (ICSC – Canada)

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