The line between news and unpaid political advertisements for the NDP is always blurred in the London Free Press, and Chip Martin delivers on the equivo-advocacy. Howard Hampton, leader of the Ontario soviet, addresses the energy problems in the province:
Instead of spending billions for new nuclear power plants, energy-short Ontario should retrofit poorly insulated apartments and homes and replace old refrigerators, Ontario NDP leader Howard Hampton told London civic leaders yesterday.If we're going to compare government energy programs, then in other words it will cost twice that at least. As usual with socialists, the perceived problem is with demand not supply — rationing is always the result of socialist rationality. What perplexes me is how rationing has come to sound so rational to so many of us who would not identify themselves as socialists — it would seem we have become so accustomed to the idea of regulated self-sacrifice in the name of arbitrary authority and irrational political decisions in the guise of economic planning that the idea of self-sacrifice in the name of personal economy or what an individual holds dear to himself appears now secondary. It's also important to remember that the altar of sacrifice on which we are expected to lay ourselves here is not dedicated to the celebrated red herring of conservation but to the preservation of a public monopoly on power generation and distribution — in other words, the retention of power in the hands of bureaucrats and union workers to determine the methods, structures and protocols of energy production — an ideal that Howard Hampton promoted in much of the last election's campaign despite the fact that this monopoly has been responsible for the vicissitudes of Ontario's energy supply. If you can't make it, stop people from using it. And what's a little central economic planning without some regulation thrown in.
Hampton said the provincial government should require retrofitting and insist all new homes be built to R2000 energy-efficient standards.Couldn't we just let them pay the cost of their energy consumption? How soon I forget! There's not enough electricity being generated for them to consume. And too simplistic as well, I suppose, when you can just take other people's money and spend it for them.
Nowhere in the article are Hampton's suggestions for increasing the supply of electricity — that's because there aren't any. In the spirit of capitalism, then, I'm with Gods of the Copybook Headings:
[T]urn up the juice. The current inadequate supply of electricity in the province of Ontario is a direct result of government control of both the production and distribution of power. While generations of Ontario political leaders were able to keep expanding the electrical power supply at a pace broadly equal to that of demand, over the last two decades this has not been the case. Environmentalist panic over nuclear power, and the increasing pressure on provincial fiscal resources from health care and education, have combined to limit the amount of funds directed toward building new plant.
Friday, July 22, 2005
Posted by MapMaster on Friday, July 22, 2005