Hudak’s plan to kill green energy wrong direction for Ontario
Ontarians stands to lose an opportunity to become a world leader in green energy if Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak is elected Premier on October 6th.
“The best we can say about Mr. Hudak's intention to scrap the plan to develop 2,500 megawatts of wind and solar power in Ontario is that at least he has come out of the closet,” said John Bennett, Executive Director of Sierra Club Canada.
Using disinformation to mislead the public, Hudak tells them their high hydro-bills are a result of green energy initiatives when the reality is these new sources of power aren’t even feeding into the grid yet.
“Ontario’s currently high electricity rates can be clearly attributed to a failed nuclear legacy, and Hudak knows this,” said Bennett. “While there may be a temporary increase in rates in the future as Ontario develops it’s wind and solar industry, it’s simply dishonest to state that current rates are a result of green energy.”
"The world needs to know Ontario is serious about green energy – there can be no uncertainty,” said Bennett. “If this deal is killed, not only will the environment suffer a huge setback, Ontario will lose a chance to become a world leader in green energy and thousands of good-paying jobs (present and future) will be lost.”
Sierra Club Canada believes Hudak’s plan to scrap the Samsung deal is just the tip of the iceberg, and that the real target is the Green Energy Act.
“Hudak and his Conservatives want to go back to the Harris-Walkerton days of hidden subsidies and sweetheart deals for a failed and discredited nuclear industry,” said Bennett.
John Bennett, Executive Director
Sierra Club Canada