Clean Electricity Lessons for Canada…from Hawaii. Really?

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This video concerns a recent CBC story wherein Binnu Jeyakumar of Pembina Institute was interviewed and said that Canada should set ‘carrot and stick’ policies like Hawaii was doing to force 100% clean electricity standard to meet Net Zero targets.

However, neither Binnu, nor the CBC reporter, provided any context concerning the differences between Hawaii’s situation vis a vis electricity generation and needs, or those of Canada.

There was no research comparing solar insolation in both places, for example, which might show that setting such standards would not provide reliable power for Canada.

Neither was there any comparison of Canada’s electricity demands and industrial needs versus those of Hawaii. In short, there was no reasonable research done by either party and CBC is just ‘gaslighting’ citizens by suggesting that Canada can learn lessons from Hawaii about power generation and renewables – or renewables standards, when Canada is the 4th largest hydro power producer in the world and already has 61 times the installed wind capacity of Hawaii.

This analysis by Michelle Stirling, Communications Manager for Friends of Science Society, references some existing materials from Friends of Science reports, and taps into publicly available data that either CBC or Binnu Jeyakumar could have easily found – except of course, their argument would have fallen apart.

Canadian taxpayers pay over $1 billion a year for this kind of shoddy reporting at CBC. And CBC never bothers to ascertain whether the environmental groups they parrot are foreign-funded, by whom or for what objective – and whether that means there is a conflict of interest at play with foreign funders skewing Canadian energy policies via environmental groups like Pembina Institute and their faulty claims about renewables.

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