Green Energy Act Paradox

The Ontario Green Energy Act, passed in May 2009, is extremely popular with the public notwithstanding both its infringements on basic individual and democratic rights, and also the substantially higher electricity rates it will cause. This post suggests that close coordination between government, renewable energy businesses, and environmental organizations, particularly government funding of environmental groups, helps to explain the political success of the legislation. This video was part of a panel presentation by Tom Adams at a York University Osgoode Hall Law School Professional Development conference June 15, 2009.


  1. I really liked this video Tom. I have started to look more closely at these non-profit groups and am seeing the connections. You know to receive funding from the Community Power fund you need to be a member of OSEA, which only have some 1500 members. Also the majority of the CPF fund providers are members of OSEA.

  2. Tom,

    Cannot thank you enough for all of the great myth breakers you’ve published over the years.

    Keep up the good work.

    Jules Roy

  3. Thanks Tom, a great companion to your GEA testimony. It seems that the self-interested are heard the most.

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