The absolute best face that the Ontario Liberals can put on the decisions to cancel gas-fired power plants in Oakville and Mississauga, at a cost of hundreds of millions of dollars to taxpayers, is that the government was “responding to local concerns.”
That is indeed one way to put it. One man’s “crass political opportunism” can be someone else’s “listening to residents.”
The irony, though, is that the gas-plant affair takes place against the backdrop of an energy-planning strategy, and the Liberals’ signature Green Energy Act, which was specifically designed to override local concerns about generation facilities. It also put far too much reliance on the feasibility of renewable energy projects, completely disregarded the impact on consumers, and imagined a world in which coal-fired plants, long a staple of Ontario’s energy system, could be replaced by sunshine and the breeze.
That scenario has simply not come to pass. And while…
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