Landowners would regain ownership to whatever resources may
lie in the earth under their property. Neighbours would have
the freedom to connect power lines across shared property
lines. Recent breakthroughs in solar photovoltaic technology
promise to drastically reduce its cost and increase its
versatility. New developments have occurred in wind power
conversion and include kites that generate power while
remaining aloft in the wind. New designs of water turbines
that can be installed in fast moving streams and generate
small amounts of power are being tested worldwide.
It is possible to produce small amounts of power from low-grade
geothermal energy during some seasons in some parts of
Canada. Property rights would bypass the red tape of
centralized control and give large numbers of people the
freedom to install such technology on their premises and to
sell power to their neighbours. Provincial governments may
balk at the idea of owners of private property connecting
power lines across shared property lines. The alternative
would be to use an emerging new wireless technology that can
transmit small amounts of electric power over short
Such technology was originally conceived by Nikola Tesla and
is beyond the scope of provincial power regulation across
Canada. Federal telecommunications regulation focuses on the
broadcasting of information and not electric power. It would
be totally counterproductive for any provincial authority to
seek or be granted regulatory powers over the airwaves.
People need to be free to engage in peaceful and mutually
beneficial trade. Peaceful people are quite able to do so in
an environment that is free from state economic control.
New types of megapower generation technologies are emerging
that are carbon free. One such technology is being developed
by Clean Power Systems of California. The fastest way to
introduce such technology into Canadian service is to allow
it to operate in total freedom from economic regulation. A
large carbon-free power station could serve the needs of an
entire region. Ontario will need to replace several of
its aging thermal power stations over the next two decades.
Ontario's refusal to allow carbon-free power stations to
operate without economic regulation could see such power
stations being built elsewhere in Canada.
Such a power station could theoretically be built on an
island in the south of Hudson Bay and export electric power
or hydrogen to either Quebec or Ontario. It is possible for
oceanic turbines to be installed in some of the channels in
Hudson Bay where powerful tidal currents occur. Those
turbines along with the power station could produce hydrogen
that could be carried in an undersea pipeline under Hudson
Bay and under James Bay to markets in Ontario and Quebec.
Such an undersea pipeline already carries natural gas from
Norway to the United Kingdom.
The total economic deregulation of carbon-free power
generation in Canada could be viable. It could also avoid
the massive malinvestment that is likely under a regime of
state regulation of carbon emissions across Canada. A regime
of property rights could theoretically take care of
atmospheric pollution since nearby property owners could
initiate class action lawsuits against the polluters. Global
warming on Mars suggests that since the phenomenon does
exist elsewhere in this solar system, its cause on this planet may be
something other than atmospheric carbon emissions on earth.