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The Premier kept talking as 75 municipal representatives walked out of his keynote speech at the ROMA event yesterday, but maybe he shouldn’t have bothered: we’ve heard it all before.

He promises more consultation about wind power facilities in future and to do a “better job” of incorporating the “local perspective” on the industrial power projects. We’re listening, he said.

But, he didn’t say he is going to give local land use planning control back to municipalities where renewable energy projects are proposed, and that is really what the communities are asking for. He didn’t say he is going to get rid of the Green Energy Act, which supercedes 21 pieces of legislation passed in the Ontario Legislature over decades to protect Ontario’s people and beauty, like the Conservation Act, the Heritage Act, and the Environmental Protection Act.

He didn’t say he was listening to the people of the north shore of Lake Erie, or Prince Edward County where proposed wind power projects will certainly kill thousands of migratory birds and alter the eco-system of North America.

In North Gower-Richmond, the 20-megawatt project will be far too close to homes and our school.

Property value studies are showing decreases in value up to THREE MILES in the U.S., and certainly within 2 km.

There are so many reports of health effects now, that some commentators (like Carl V. Phillips) say it isn’t necessary to do more studies: we know there is a problem.

And on top of it all, the province says this is all to replace “dirty coal” when in fact closing Ontario’s coal plants will make such a small difference as to be impossible to measure, says the executive director of the Climate Science Coalition (Ottawa Citizen, February 27), and no fossil-fuel power plant has ever closed anywhere in the world because of wind power. Nowhere.

We revisit a paper written in 2008 by University of Toronto professor of law and economics Michael Trebilcock (who actually helped an earlier government with its energy policy). He had five objections to the then proposed Green Energy Act. They were: industrial wind turbines have minimal impact on carbon emissions;industrial wind turbines are uneconomic; industrial wind turbines cause insufficiently researched health effects;industrial wind turbines have adverse effects on adjacent property values; and, the decision-making process in Ontario is undemocratic and will undermine efficient regulation.

Nothing has changed.

Why not write to Mr  McGuinty and tell him how you feel. And Energy Minister Bentley while you’re at it. (Write to them separately and be sure to include your mailing address–otherwise, they don’t have to respond.)

dmcguinty.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org
cbentley.mpp@liberal.ola.org
 

Email us at northgowerwindactiongroup@yahoo.ca and check news stories through the day at

http://www.windconcernsontario.ca

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Yesterday we posted a summary of the international conference in Picton (prepared by Lorrie Gillis), but we would now like to add some points of emphasis.

1. Dr Michael Nissenbaum demonstrated absolute proof that there are health effects as a result of exposure to the noise and infrasound from industrial wind turbines. Even he was surprised at the extent of it. His study is relatively simple to duplicate, and there are plans to do just that in Ontario.

2. Dr Carl Phillips said that claims that there is no research are spurious and agenda-driven. There is quite enough evidence, he says. Much of the studies done to date that show there are no health effects are very “poor” and done by people who have no understanding of epidemiology.

3. Economic professor Ross McKitrick called into question the Ontario government’s cry that “dirty coal” is a health hazard, and showed that in fact, pollution has declined in Ontario, dramatically, due to “Clean Drive” and other programs and technology. In one moment that would have been hilarious were it not for the fact that it is an indication of how set this government and the wind industry is on misleading people, Dr McKitrick showed that using the statistical model employed by the Clean Air Alliance, the Registered Nurses Association, the OMA and others, if you applied it back to 1965, more people died from air pollution than actually died. If your model is giving you unreasonable numbers, he said, then there is clearly something wrong with it. Income and smoking are the important factors in respiratory health, he said, not air pollution. [Note: the Ontario Power Authority’s own VP Communications, Ben Chin, has said this on occasion: air pollution in Ontario comes from the U.S., and cars]

Last, lawyer Eric Gillespie update the progress on the Ian Hann challenge to the Green Energy and Green Economy Act, and predicted that there would be plenty of litigation on the horizon: as the proponents/wind energy developers meet with resistance from municipalities, they’ll be threatening legal action, and, as property owners/rural residents face health effects and declining property values, they will be pursuing legal action against the landowners who have leased their land for turbines.

Ignorance, wilful misleading of the public by both government and industry, and neighbours pitted against neighbours: this is Ontario today.

November 18th is when the Ontario Power Authority announces the next round of FIT agreements.

To contact the North Gower Wind Action Group, email northgowerwindactiongroup@yahoo.ca

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