By Friends of Science, Special for USDR
The global warming and climate science review organization Friends of Science released a report entitled “Renewable is Not So Doable,” calling on the City of Calgary to rescind its Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reduction plan. The city’s plan was developed by the Pembina Institute, a renewable energy think-tank, and was based on “Climate change and its local and global impacts …”
“Canada revoked its endorsement of Kyoto last year. What is the reason for our city and provincial government to contravene a Federal Policy?” asks Len Maier, President of Friends of Science, a retired engineer and tree farmer.
This month the province of British Columbia closed its scandal-plagued Pacific Carbon Trust.
Likewise, at the Warsaw COP-19 Climate Conference, enthusiasm for climate change GHG reduction targets appears to be waning. Australia is being labelled as ‘anti-climate’ by various world media, for not sending a representative and repealing its carbon tax.
The Friends of Science report challenges climate change assumptions.
“The City of Calgary has three major climate related plans – PlanIt, ImagineCalgary and the Community GHG Reduction Plan,” says Ken Gregory, research director of Friends of Science. “All of these are falsely premised on carbon dioxide from human use of fossil fuels causing global warming. Global warming stopped in 1998. Despite a continuing rise in carbon dioxide there’s been no global warming in 16 years. These programs should be rescinded.”
Alberta’s installed wind capacity forced EnMax, the city owned electrical utility, to build a $2 billion gas power plant to manage the capacity of ‘free’ wind power; wind power being a key recommendation in the GHG reduction plan.
“The City of Calgary’s steep GHG reduction targets do not reflect current scientific evidence on climate change, or cost-benefit evaluations of renewables,” says,” says Gregory.
In September 2013, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation revealed Freedom of Information and Privacy files that showed the City of Calgary had paid the Pembina Institute some $341,000 to prepare a Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reduction plan.
Pembina Institute prepared a report for the Ontario government entitled “Plugging Ontario into a Green Future: ARenewable is Doable Action Plan” in 2008.
Ontario implemented many recommendations for wind and solar in their Green Energy Act. The province has since been faced with dramatic increases in energy costs to consumers and increasingly angry protests against wind turbines.
Gregory notes that GHG reduction targets in Europe and the UK have forced average citizens into “heat-or-eat’ poverty, due to massively subsidized renewables and carbon taxes.
In Germany, once the bastion of the ‘green’ movement, some 25 coal plants are being built in an attempt to restore reliable energy supply and cost-efficient power for consumers and industry alike.
“In Alberta, we have vast reserves of reliable coal, excellent modern coal fired generation plants and lots of natural gas,” says Gregory. “Attempting to reach unnecessary GHG reduction targets by instituting wind farms instead will put Alberta in the same boat of near bankruptcy as Ontario.”
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Friends of Science have spent a decade reviewing a broad spectrum of literature on climate change and have concluded the sun is the main driver of climate change, not carbon dioxide (CO2).