Trudeau’s EV mandate threatens to collapse Canada’s power grid
03/25/2024 // Ethan Huff // Views

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wants to ban the sale of new gasoline- and diesel-only powered cars after 2035, forcing everyone in the nation to purchase an electric vehicle (EV) instead. Doing this, though, will collapse Canada's power grid, warns the Fraser Institute, a fiscally conservative think tank.

According to G. Cornelis van Kooten, a senior fellow at the Fraser Institute and author of "Failure to Change: A Critical Look at Canada's EV Policy," requiring all new vehicle sales in Canada to be electric in just 11 years "means the provinces need to substantially increase their power generation capabilities, and adding the equivalent of 10 new mega-dams or 13 new gas plants in such a short timeline isn't realistic or feasible."

"Canadians need to know just how much additional electricity is going to be required in order to meet Ottawa's electric vehicle mandate, because its impact on the provinces – and taxpayers and rate payers – will be significant," Van Kooten added.

(Related: Did you know that the Trudeau regime punished a Canadian detective for trying to get to the bottom of an apparent link between mRNA COVID "vaccines" and infant deaths?)

EV mandates unrealistic

Van Kooten conducted an in-depth analysis of Trudeau's impending EV mandate, released on March 14. It estimates that in just 11 short years, Canada's electric generation capacity will need to increase by 15.3 percent, which is a tall order.

No less than 10 new mega hydro dams would need to be constructed nationwide, or at least 13 new large natural gas plants – which, what is the point if natural gas is one of the "bad" earth-based fuels that the "green" cult says needs to go to protect the planet from global warming?

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Canada would also need another 5,000 new wind turbines to power all those vehicles, which also have to be backed up by natural gas generators during times when the wind is not blowing as desired.

All of this is just about impossible. The construction of one new natural gas plant alone takes many years due to red tape, costs and various other factors, which Van Kooten says is too long, all else considered, to ever make this a reality by the deadline.

"The major obstacle relates to the likelihood of constructing sufficient power generating capacity to meet the anticipated demand EVs would impose on electricity grids," Van Kooten says.

"The real-world situation is not as easy as merely replacing current ICE vehicles with EVs, and there are many obstacles to be overcome on the path of electrifying the personal vehicle fleets within Canada."

Considerations must also be made about the type of electricity that goes into the grid. Many jurisdictions throughout Canada would need to drastically increase their electricity production capacities to work with green sources that are capable of meeting the additional hourly load requirements. It is a complex matter, in other words, that the Trudeau regime has obviously not considered in its rush to go "green."

Van Kooten says he considered what each Canadian province would specifically need to do to make this all work, and it is simply impossible by 2035 based on his assessment.

"It took approximately 10 years to plan and pass environmental regulations, and an additional decade" to build British Columbia's new hydroelectric Site C dam, he warns.

The European Union (EU), by the way, is aiming for the same deadline to completely phase out gas- and diesel-powered cars.

"The reality is that electric cars cost thousands more to make and buy, are not suited to Canada's cold climate, offer poor range and long charging times (especially in cold weather), and have batteries that take tremendous resources to make and are hard to recycle," warns LifeSiteNews.

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