If a coincidence is something that wasn’t planned or arranged, but seems like it was, then we can consider ourselves ‘coincided.’

On the lighter side of this darkness we’re all facing, we have the start of the baseball season to look forward to — a game where an umpire decides whether a pitch falls within his vision, or at times, a version of a strike or a ball. That’s the job of an umpire.

This, coincidentally, is the day of another carbon tax increase, (no it’s not an April Fool’s joke), which has been ruled by our very own judicial umpires, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC), and falls within the rules of the Canadian Constitution.

Strike three, and the Canadian consumer is out………… of pocket that is.

The final ruling said, in part, that climate change, “is a threat of the highest order to the country.”

In my opinion, this is like an umpire running the bases. Umpires are not asked to run the bases and the SCC is not asked to politicize a decision on a tax. It is either a legal tax, or it’s not a legal tax.

As I see it, the consensus that Ottawa has determined that this carbon tax will reduce demand for fossil fuels and encourage the development and acceptance by the taxpayers for renewable alternatives.

Most notably, these are the triumvirate of wind, solar, and battery energy sources.

Let’s start off by remembering that all three of these energy options are made from non-renewable resources.
A battery required for today’s electric on-road vehicle weighs a half a ton or 1,000 lbs. To produce this battery will require the removal of 250 tons of earth somewhere on planet Earth.

The world’s largest battery plant would take 500 years to make enough batteries to store enough electricity for one day of U.S. electricity consumption. Battery manufacturing requires the mining of rare earth metals such as lithium, copper, cobalt, iridium, and dysprosium. Once mined they are gone forever, not renewable!

Building just one of the required 100-megawatt wind farms to power 75,000 households requires 30,000 tons of iron, 50,000 tons of concrete, and 900 tons of non-renewable plastic. After 20 years, both wind and solar operations become waste. According to the International Renewable Energy Agency, by 2050 the disposal of all of the worn-out solar panels will double the global plastic waste tonnage.

Where are the environmental alarmists?

These numbers are alarming in terms of cost to the consumer, and planet Earth.

It seems easy to be sold on renewables until you have to step up to the plate to pay for it.

We better be able to hit a curveball.

– Roger McKnight – B.Sc., Senior Petroleum Analyst

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