Today, after several days of saying this isn't the time for politics, Ernie Eves' party has opened up the debate about provincial energy policy and the blackout.
In a press release, they have taken a shot at the Liberal's plan to shut down Ontario's polluting coal-burning plants by 2007. The criticism? "He wants to shut those plants down, in three-and-a-half years, with no workable plan to bring more energy online... Until last Thursday, Dalton's plan looked harmless to many. Today, we know better."
The Tories are trying to create a false choice -- either we can have clean air, or we can have electricity, but not both.
But let's get things straight -- when the Tories were elected they eliminated Ontario Hydro's $3 billion energy-efficiency program, as government waste (kinda like water testing, schools and other such wimpy ideas.). Conservation programs (like those that were successful in cutting California's demand over 10%) and wise energy development over the past 8 years (rather than just the past few days) could have helped us reach a point where we could safely eliminate coal today.
So, in other words, it is the Harris-Eves Tories' fault that we are being forced to choose between breathable air and reliable power.