McKitrick Study Slams Wind Energy for Sky High Costs and No Beneficial Climate Change say Friends of Science - Halt Pending Wind Deal in Alberta

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The Fraser Institute's report by Dr. Ross McKitrick shows that Ontario's Green Energy Act intended to stop global warming, is causing energy prices to soar with the plan now 10 times costlier than alternatives that would have yielded the same environmental benefits. Friends of Science ask Alberta School Boards and Alberta government to halt pending long-term 25 year wind power purchase deal with BluEarth Renewables, Inc. due to financial risks to taxpayers.

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Dr. Ross McKitrick

Wind is an extremely expensive, unreliable method of power generation. Wind power requires costly 100% back-up generators 24/7 and expensive transmission lines. They are using misleading statements that this energy source is ‘free’ when it is not.

Climate change science reviewers Friends of Science Society is calling for the Alberta government to halt the contract negotiations between Alberta Schools Commodities Purchasing Consortium and the new company BluEarth Renewables, Inc.

“The proponents are claiming on their website that ‘wind energy is free,'” says Len Maier, President of Friends of Science. ‘This is completely untrue.'”

According to BluEarth’s website: “Wind power is the ideal source of energy to meet the needs of the CPC because it has no fuel-price risk (wind is free!), and therefore it has long-term cost predictability.”

Friends of Science point to the recent Fraser Institute study by Dr. Ross McKitrick. He found Ontario’s Green Energy Act (which emphasized wind development) has caused energy prices to skyrocket and wind is sold at a tremendous loss.

“School board money is taxpayer’s money. Taxpayer’s dollars should not be funding an unproven new company. Wind is an extremely expensive, unreliable method of power generation. Wind power requires costly 100% back-up generators 24/7 and expensive transmission lines. They are using misleading statements that this energy source is ‘free’ when it is not,” says Maier.

Alberta has the dubious reputation of being the first place that Enron, the failed energy giant and proponent of deregulation tried its ill-fated wind plan. Enron tested its market manipulations, reportedly making $45 million in one day.

About Friends of Science
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). The core group of the Friends of Science is made up of retired earth and atmospheric scientists. Membership is open to the general public.

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Friends of Science
P.O.Box 23167, Connaught P.O.
Calgary, Alberta
Canada T2S 3B1
Toll-free Telephone: 1-888-789-9597
friendsofscience.org
E-mail: contact(at)friendsofscience(dot)org

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