Back on June 20, 2013, the Ontario Ministry of Energy under Bob Chiarelli put out a press release that listed “Quick Facts” including this one:
“Ontario’s Green Energy Act has attracted billions of dollars in private sector investments and created 31,000 jobs since 2009.”
On November 10, 2015 the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Glen Murray tweeted that Ontario is a leader in clean technology. He included a blue chart asking, “Did You Know?” followed by a list of reasons why he claims we are leading. One of the answers to the question posed was: “Over 20,000 clean energy jobs have been created since 2009.”
So, 31,000 jobs were there in 2013 but in 2015, there are only 20,000 “clean energy” jobs? Does this mean that, despite the addition of thousands of megawatts of wind and solar generation since 2009 and the price of electricity rising by 76 percent,1. 11,000 clean energy jobs were lost!
Perhaps it is time for the Ontario Liberal government to recognize that adding renewable energy does nothing more than impact our cost of living in a negative way, does nothing to save the world from climate change, and—apparently—is even causing clean energy jobs to be lost.
Time to call in the Auditor General!
November 12, 2015
The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily represent Wind Concerns Ontario policy.
- Reference: OEB Historical Electricity Prices.