What are you doing about the “climate emergency”?

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The focus of Fred Ryan’s editorial “The next disinformation campaign?” (December 15, 2021), is the "growing climate catastrophe". Mr. Ryan states "None of these alternate facts are truthful”, including claims that alternative energy is too expensive, unreliable, and polluting with its batteries.

The focus of Fred Ryan’s editorial “The next disinformation campaign?” (December 15, 2021), is the "growing climate catastrophe". Mr. Ryan states "None of these alternate facts are truthful”, including claims that alternative energy is too expensive, unreliable, and polluting with its batteries.
As someone who worked for 35 years in Ontario in the field of generating electricity, I’ll present some raw data that’s indisputable. The costs to Ontario consumers in 2007 was 3 cents (off peak hours); 7 cents (mid-peak hours) and 8.7 cents (high peak hours). In 2021, these costs were 8.2 cents (off peak); 11.3 cents (mid-peak) and 17 cents (high peak). The increase in the hourly rates were mostly attributed to lucrative solar and wind contracts (20 year duration and protected from government overreach). Solar and wind accounted for less than a 1% increase in output over 24 hours of generation.
The municipalities where these projects are located are entirely responsible for disposing of the turbines and solar panels after their useful life. Turbine towers can’t be recycled since they’re made of a composite material (currently just landfilled). Presently, there’s no recycling facility for solar panels that’s economically viable.
Our society expects all electrical-driven devices to work without interruption 24 hours a day and 365 days per year.
Since there are many days without sunshine and/or wind, it’s essential to have a backup plan for solar and wind, currently provided by gas turbines, powered by natural gas.
A daily report – Sygration.com/Ontario – shows exactly how much electricity is provided/needed. Electricity has to be produced as needed on a large scale and battery technology is improving, but we are many years away from it being sustainable. This subject requires more rational discussions of the raw facts and a progressive way forward. The science is NOT settled; science rarely is.
If we are in a "climate emergency", I have one question: what are you personally doing about it?

Robert G Barber
LUSKVILLE