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The case against the case against conventional energy, Presentation given to the International Symposium on Wind Turbines and Health
The case against the case against conventional energy, Presentation given to the International Symposium on Wind Turbines and Health

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The case againstthe case againstconventional energy
Ross McKitrick, Ph.D.Professor of EconomicsUniversity of Guelph
Presented toSociety for Wind Vigilance –1
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International SymposiumOctober 31 2010, Picton, Ontario
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The case against conventionalenergy
Air pollution from coal-burning power plants isgetting worse and worse
Power plant emissions cause thousands of cases ofillness and death each year in Ontario
Cutting carbon emissions from power plants isnecessary to stop global warming
We can create jobs and economic growth bydeveloping the green energy sector
 
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A general principle fromeconomics
Force the proponent to clarify what they are concernedabout.
Presumably we are not interested in wind energy for its ownsake.
What are you
really 
interested in? –let’s target that directly
If it’s air pollution, we regulate air pollution
If it’s greenhouse gases, we can regulate GHG’stoo
If it’s economic growth, we already try to promote that
But in none of these cases does the
stated 
concern lead tothe conclusion that we should pursue wind energy
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A general principle fromeconomics
In particular:
Air pollution has fallen dramatically in Ontario since the 1960svia regulationand emission control technology.
Even if power plants had to fully offset GHG emissions they would not resortto wind or solar energy as a compliance strategy.
Wind energy subsidies and F-I-T’s do not create jobs, they destroy themthrough higher energy prices and higher taxes.
Therefore, if these are your concerns, wind energy is not a solution.
The only people who want to push wind energy for its own sake arethose who expect to profit from it.
 
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Air pollution from coal-burning powerplants is getting worse and worse
Nanticoke “coal-firedemissionsrose150% from 1995-2002: OCAA
Source: Ontario Clean Air Alliance Pamphlet
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Power plant emissions causethousands of cases of illness anddeath each year in Ontario
1,900 deaths per yearfrom air pollution; 9,800hospital admissions: OMA
250 deaths from coal-plants annually: RNAO
550,000 Asthma attacksand hundreds of deaths:OCAA

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