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Climate Change Risk Over Board Competancy?

This report challenges the claims of the recent SHARE 1 document: “Taking Climate On Board – Are Canadian energy and utilities company boards equipped to address climate change?” which is founded on the premise that “…in a post-Paris world, the legal and financial risk associated with climate change must be a board-level issue.” The naïve world-view that climate can by controlled by politicians is dangerous to the safe, reliable and profitable operation of energy and utility companies and destructive to the Canadian economy. Climate changes naturally and CO2 emissions are not the main driver of recent climate changes.

A Solution to Success - Destroying Low Cost Energy

An essay by Jeff Id: America is voluntarily shutting down its energy production after only a little more than a century since the industrial revolution. In fear of a nearly undetectable amount of warming from CO2, in the face of massive and well known benefits of this particular gas in the atmosphere, we have decided that fear of the unknown will dominate and destroy our progress. Coal powerplants have been regulated out of existence. There is no ‘renewable energy solution’ in existence. What is worse, there NEVER will be.

Ontario’s Costly Coal Phase-out Did Not Significantly Reduce Air Pollution—a Lesson for Ottawa

Shuttering Ontario’s coal-fired power plants had very little effect on reducing air pollution, helped fuel skyrocketing energy costs, and should serve as a lesson to policymakers across the country, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute. In Toronto and Hamilton, the reduction in fine particulates was statistically insignificant. In fact, had the province completed its modernization of the coal-fired plants, instead of shutting them down, fine particulate reductions of the same size could have been achieved at a much lower cost. In 2005, all electricity power generation—including coal—comprised just 0.7 per cent of fine particulate emissions in Ontario.

Letter: Electrical Costs Spark Action in Alberta

A letter written in response to a Southern Alberta Newspapers article called for: a) An inquiry into the true costs of wind power including transmission, b) A moratorium on wind development until benefit, if any, can be established. The letter shows that "Wind generation in Alberta has cost about $5 billion, of which about $2 billion (so far) have been paid for by customers for underused transmission dedicated to wind." Expensive transmission lines have to be overbuilt by 300% because the annual wind power output is only 32% of the designed capacity. Wind power is notoriously variable and unreliable requiring 100% backup by conventional power plants.

Dire Consequences: Destroying Alberta's Affordable Power Advantage

A critical review of the claims of accelerated Phase-out Coal Activists. Affordable energy is an Alberta Advantage, one we have enjoyed for years, thanks to an abundant, high quality coal supply (which Albertans own), willing investors, responsible industry and ever-improving, sensible air quality regulations and mitigation techniques. We challenge the claims of the Alberta government and anti-coal activist advisors like the Pembina Institute and their recent report “Breathing in the Benefits.” Will we face the dire consequences of energy poverty, industrial collapse, and burdensome taxes as we have seen in Ontario, the UK, and the EU?

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