I nearly forgot to do my next 'fact check'.... The other day I posted some links regarding how Calgary has shown up as #5 on the UN Hit List for worst emissions-per-capita-city in the world. I noticed in several of the news stories that Calgary's LRT was listed as '100% Wind Powered'. You can read that in the CTV link HERE (about half way through the article). Or for your enjoyment here: """Right now, the LRT is 100 percent wind powered. We're on track by 2012 to have 100 percent green energy producing for the City of Calgary operations so that puts us far ahead of our [Kyoto] targets," says Rick Ciezki."" Ciezki is apparently Calgary's manager of environmental assessment and liabilities ( according to FFWDweekly.com).
But my brother's friend worked on Calgary's 'Ride The Wind' campaign and he told me that it's not true - Calgary's LRT is not 100% wind powered.He wrote ""Even the claim that the c-train is 100% wind powered is wrong. The city ran an advertising campaign a few years ago called "Ride the wind". It wasn't saying the c-train is wind powered, it was saying that because the train is electric powered, it could theoretically be wind powered. I know this because I knew a girl who worked on that campaign. The trains power comes from the city's power grid..."" So here I was, a confused citizen again. People on the LRT campaign even said it was not 100% wind powered...
....But Rick Ciezki says it is, and CTV CBC and other news organizations quoted that in their articles...
So I went to the city's Ride The Wind website and found this quote in a section for teaching school children about the LRT....""Explain that Calgary's C-train system is not powered exclusively by wind power, but that the electricity comes from a variety of sources, including coal and natural gas-fired power plants, hydroelectric stations, and others. Note that the City of Calgary has agreed to purchase enough electricity from wind energy providers (21,000 megawatt-hours of power) to supply the C-Train's needs on an annual basis.""
Okay so the Ride the Wind campaign website says it is NOT powered exclusivley by wind power, but a city services manager says it is "100% wind power". Oh. Um. What? I am confused .... again.
Ohhhhhh I get it now... so basically, the city buys 21,000 MWH from Vision Quest (check the site, that's the company they use, through Enmax)... anyway they buy this and then it gets put into the general city grid. It does not go directly and exclusively to the C-train, it goes to the GRID. So, if you are splitting hairs, technically the city buys enough wind power from turbines south of the city to power what the LRT currently uses. But, it is misleading to say that the c-train is 100% wind powered and that's what I take issue with. This is as bad as flipping statistics around until you like how it looks. People reading the article would think that there was a special wind turbine farm set up with wires heading to the LRT. Maybe that's their fault for not thinking harder, or maybe it's mr Rick's fault for deliberately misleading, or maybe it's the media's fault for taking that one quote and spreading it across the entire planet (I saw it on BBC and some Italian paper too, plus the US)... without providing 'the whole story'.
Makes me wish everyone in the media, govt offices, municipal offices, etc had to swear TO TELL THE TRUTH... THE WHOLE TRUTH... and NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH. then maybe citizens could have an idea of what is really happening to their country/province/city/etc.