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In the current issue of Rural Voice, publication of the National Farm Union of Canada, is a column by Ontario resident Robert Budd.

Right off, he puts the boots to the notion that we must bring in wind power because people are dying from coal. In Ontario right now, less than 3 % of our power is produced from coal-fired power generation … and we’re only using coal because we need to keep the plants on in case of a high peak of demand. Mr Budd notes that Denmark uses far more coal to create power, and comments, “If people are dying in Ontario from 4 percent coal use, it’s a wonder the Danes aren’t extinct…”

Indeed.

If only these arguments were just silly, and not a horrendous excuse for industrializing communites, wrecking scenic vistas in a thoroughly beautiful province, crushing property values and actually making people ill.

Read Mr Budd’s column here … and be inspired to write something yourself!

http://freewco.blogspot.ca/2012/06/why-green-energy-doesnt-always-make.html?showComment=1339189964480

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New South Wales in Australia is being blanketed by industrial wind turbines, in spite of health concerns, rising electricity costs and even a full Senate inquiry into wind power generation.

The effects have been devastating. Here is an interview with sheep farmer Anne Gardner, whose home is a shocking 90 meters from a wind turbine and whose farms is near a wind power generation project, on what has happened to her. She farms sheep for wool and had produced a quality of wool among the best in the world.

The disgust and anger is apparent in the interviewer’s voice as he concludes, we hope that the people will win out eventually.

Our view: legal action is the only resort left to us, when we are fighting the combination of big business and our own government.

Take a few moments to listen to the radio broadcast here: http://www.2gb.com/index2.php?option=com_newsmanager&task=view&id=12922#.T8Q_ITCNCMQ.facebook

If you have a few more minutes, check out this TV news interview, also from Australia: every single point to be made about wind power generation and its effects is in this interview. http://www.todaytonightadelaide.com.au/?page=Story&StoryID=1394

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An interview with Premier Dalton McGuinty was published in The Belleville Intelligencer. In it, the premier states that he doesn’t want “the headaches” associated with wind power generation projects going into communities that don’t want them.

The article is here: http://www.intelligencer.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3533375

This represents a substantial change from the Premier’s words in 2009 when he said one of the purposes of the Green Energy and Green Economy Act was to prevent “NIMBY” communities and citizens from blocking wonderful green energy projects.

Hmm.

Could it be that the Premier is looking for a way out of this disastrous policy, that even Ontario’s own Auditor general has said was embarked upon without proper study or cost-benefit analysis? That analyst after analyst is saying will bankrupt the province? And maybe, with the contracts in place or in process, he’s pretty close to his goal anyway?

It’s not like communities across Ontario haven’t spoken up with their objection to being steamrolled by big wind companies and the provincial government. Dozens have passed bylaws and motions and resolutions, they’ve written to the Premier, held demonstrations and more…it all fell on deaf ears.

Let’s hope the Premier is genuine and that now, what communities want–what the PEOPLE want–will really count for something.

In the meantime, e-mail your elected municipal representative and tell him/her what your wishes are. In North Gower/Richmond that is Mr Scott Moffatt, at scott.moffatt@ottawa.ca

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Word is getting around: the very successful branding of wind power by the global wind power development industry as “clean” and “green” and “good” is finally giving over to some common sense.

Industrial-scale wind power is not good for the environment, it doesn’t save lives (if Ontario wanted to turn off its remaining coal plants because they are killing people, it could. Right now. Today.) and it is a job killer, not a job creator.

This week’s Manotick Messenger editorial by Jeff Morris puts Ontario’s push for wind power in the context of Ontario’s financial picture. “Aside from basic mismanagement,” Morris writes, “one of the black holes of tax money is the government’s wind energy program.

“As one Conservative politician told us this week, the wind energy situation is ‘like the government paying $100 for a loaf of bread, and buying unlimited loaves of bread, then turning around and boasting about how many bakery jobs they have created.’

“Simply put,” Morris concludes, “wind energy was a good idea, but it doesn’t work. It’s impractical. It’s too expensive. People don’t want it. Nobody can afford it.”

In our view, wind power (the wind itself is the energy which can be converted into power) at this scale was never a good idea: smaller scale applications work fine, but the colossal wind turbines at 400+ feet (what’s proposed for Ottawa is 600+ feet) are overkill, and do not belong in populated areas.

Mr Morris bemoans the state of Ontario’s finances but then says he doesn’t want an election. How are we going to get out of this mess if the McGuinty Liberals aren’t taught the only lesson they will ever understand? Total defeat at the polls.

Because the chances of them looking realistically at what they’ve done, and heeding the advice of Ontario’s own Auditor General and consultant Don Drummond, and deciding, Hey, we made a mistake, folks, sorry! are very very slim.

It is time for an election. Ontario simply cannot continue its downward slide under this government.

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P.S. We are often asked if the wind power generation project planned for the North Gower/Richmond area of Ottawa will affect Manotick. Yes. At 626 feet or 190 meters with flashing red lights, the wind power factory will certainly be visible from a great distance. Health effects are being observed due to the environmental noise the machines produce at distances as great as 5 km. And bear in mind, the 8-10 turbines proposed would be just the start. Wolfe Island was supposed to be 20, it’s now 86; Kincardine’s Arnow projects was 40, it’s now 90; Shelburne was supposed to be a few dozen, they now have over 100 with dozens more proposed.

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Important Protest against wind power subsidy by Ontario Citizens

April 3

The Ontario Feed In Tariff or FIT program has been responsible for unbridled industrial wind power development throughout Ontario. The results? Huge profits for wind power developers. And unreliable, inefficient and expensive wind power that Ontario doesn’t need, despoiled rural communities, dropping property values, diminished tourism potential and worst of all, serious health effects for some people in Ontario.

 

Now, the Wind Industry Barons are blowing into Toronto for the Ontario Feed In Tariff Forum April 3 & 4th  at the Metro Convention Centre, 255 Front Street West.

 

ONTARIO CITIZENS WILL BE ON THE STREET TO TELL THEM FIT IS A “BAD FIT”
FOR ONTARIO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Protest Date Tuesday, April 3rd

Time – gather at 11:30

Speakers – 12:00

Protest March 12:30

Place – Simcoe Park on Front Street, beside CBC building and opposite Metro Toronto Convention Centre

 

It is time to stand up for Ontario!

 People are coming from all parts of the province. Bring signs to identify where you are from. 

 

Arrange a bus or use public transit, subways, GO trains to Union Station.  See you there.

Directions: From the main lobby of Union Station (look for signs to railway and GOTrain station to get to main lobby), exit at Front Street, go west (left) on Front St. past York St. and Lower Simcoe St.  Simcoe Park is about 300 meters further west right next to the CBC building on the north side of Front St. 

For more details, check the Wind Concerns Ontario website at http://www.windconcernsontario.ca

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Power Hungry author Robert Bryce has remarked in the past that, besides being inefficient, expensive and unreliable, industrial-scale wind power was a waste of resources because it takes up so much land that could otherwise be used for food. “Wind power is energy sprawl,” he told the audience when he was a luncheon speaker at the International Symposium on the Global Wind Industry in Picton, Ontario, in 2010.

Now Bryce has expanded his thoughts on that issue and added some very interesting statistics, in this excellent article in City Journal. http://www.city-journal.org/2012/22_1_environmentalism.html

Not included in this article but a fact in Ontario, when wind power developers counter the claims that property values are going down near wind power projects by saying that farm prices are going up, they’re not quite telling the truth (Mr Segal of Prowind, you’re included). The rise in some farm property values is because of the price of corn.

The developers’ claims that only an acre or two is taken out of agricultural production due to wind turbines is also not quite true: land is taken for access roads, transformers and other equipment.

News daily at http://www.windconcernsontario.ca and regularly here.

PC Energy Critic Vic Fedeli, former mayor of North Bay, is beginning his energy tour of Ontario and is in Strathroy tonight; he’ll be in Ottawa March 22nd for a pub night at the Swan on the Rideau, and doing a news conference with the North Gower Wind Action Group and Wind Concerns Ontario March 23rd. Details to follow.

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Here in North Gower-Richmond, we have the support of MPP Lisa MacLeod, who is not only going to vote FOR the private member’s bill being presented by Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson next week, she is going to rise in the Legislature to speak to it.

What can you do? Add your name to an online petition asking for Ontario to stop expensive wind projects that are crippling our economy, wrecking property values and making people ill. Go here to add your name:

http://www.ontariopc.com/petitions/support-wind-turbine-moratorium/

Thank you.

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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
 

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http://www.windconcernsontario.ca

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From today’s National Post:

Anne Murray, Tim Hortons’ magnate Ron Joyce tee off over wind farm

Sarah Boesveld Feb 21, 2012 – 11:55 PM ET | Last Updated: Feb 22, 2012 12:06 AM ET

 

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Canadian music legend Anne Murray, left, and Tim Hortons co-founder Ron Joyce disagree on the impact a proposed wind farm, similar to the Alberta wind farm pictured at the top of the page, will have on the economy of picturesque Pugwash, N.S.

Almost every year from July to October, Canadian music legend Anne Murray returns to picturesque Pugwash, N.S., where she spent her summers as a child. She practises her swing at the local first-class golf course and marvels at the way the little place she’d visit to attend church on Sundays has blossomed into a tourist destination — a jewel along the Northumberland Strait.

Nearby is Fox Harb’r, the luxury golf course and resort owned by Tim Hortons’ magnate Ron Joyce, another kid from Nova Scotia’s northwestern shore made good.

Now, the area’s two most celebrated icons are publicly disagreeing over wind turbine construction in the area after the Snowbird singer publicly spoke out against a 12-turbine wind farm proposed for two kilometres outside Pugwash.

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“Pugwash is my favourite place in the whole world…. It’s more important to me than any other place,” the celebrated singer said by phone from Jupiter, Fla. “I just think it’s the wrong place [to erect a wind farm]. The government would be shooting themselves in the foot to take a community that’s growing and thriving and put a stop to it.”

Ms. Murray worries the whirring and thumping of wind turbines, which can stand up to 40 storeys high, will repel people from the area, turn tourists away, claw back property values and damage animal habitats.

On Monday, she sent a letter to Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter warning that a wind farm would have a “catastrophic impact” on the economy and environment in the area.

Though the singer and golf enthusiast says she has not spoken with neighbour Mr. Joyce about the project and doubts it would affect his business, she said a wind farm at Pugwash would “just be the beginning, because it will go all the way down the coast. That’s what the fear is.”

Mr. Joyce, who was born in nearby Tatamagouche, N.S., and invested in the first Tim Hortons doughnut shop in 1964 and built it into an international chain, said he’s unfazed by wind farm concerns in a province that already has 26 wind farm projects, according to the Canadian Wind Energy Association.

“I am aware of Anne’s ongoing negative comments on wind farms,” he said in an email to the National Post. “I personally am not a supporter of her argument. [T]he world is moving forward for a better source than fossil fuels…. I see no major negatives in countries that have them.”

Her letter comes just weeks after the province registered an assessment of the Pugwash Wind Farm, to be developed by North Cumberland Wind Farm LP. Ms. Murray and the Gulf Shore Preservation Association, a local citizens’ group, are worried the province accepted an incomplete environmental assessment that failed to carry out archeological, bat and migratory bird studies and first nations consultations. They say five of the turbines will be built in wetlands — a “clear contravention” of the province’s environmental laws, Ms. Murray said.

 

The Gulf Shore Preservation Association has called for Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau to suspend the 30-day public comment period, which opened the day the assessment was registered, Feb. 6, based on 17 “deficiencies” they identified. After 30 days of public input, Mr. Belliveau will decide whether to approve the environmental assessment, deny it or ask for further study, ministry spokesperson Lori Errington said.

“Nothing’s written in stone at this point,” she said. “Certainly we’ll be considering all the aspects the wind farm would involve.”

She confirmed Mr. Dexter received Ms. Murray’s letter and his office will respond. The singer’s letter will also be included in the public consultation dossier, Ms. Errington said.

Richard Gray, treasurer of the Gulf Shore Preservation Association, said he hopes Ms. Murray’s public objections will turn the tide in their favour. She’s been speaking out against the project since 2007 when the proposal was first made — Ms. Murray said that she was at first supportive of the wind farms because she favours alternative sources of power, but soon learned it is important they be placed far from communities.

The last time Ms. Murray spoke out, her comments were “distorted” to read like “‘It’s too bad wealthy Anne Murray won’t be able to play golf anymore,’” Mr. Gray said. “That’s not her position. I know Anne well … this goes back to her childhood. She’s very sensitive to fragile economies being destroyed.”

Ms. Murray grew up in the nearby coal mining town of Springhill, N.S. which suffered three mining disasters before that resource could no longer fuel the local economy.

Even now, the singer isn’t sure her activism will make any difference. But she swears she’ll do anything to protect her community (she rejects accusations of NIMBYism because her home is too far away from the proposed wind farm site to suffer any personal impact).

“If this doesn’t work, I certainly will have done everything I can to help the process along,” she said. “It could be falling on deaf ears everywhere, I don’t know. But I had to do something.”

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Wind Concerns Ontario’s website today features an interview with biologist and educator Dr Scott Petrie of Long Point Waterfowl. See the full story at http://freewco.blogspot.com/2012/02/wco-exclusive-scientist-university-prof.html

Dr Petrie says that now, under the Green Energy Act, wind power developers only have to follow the very inadequate regulations set out in the act and in the Ministry of the Environment’s renewable energy application process. Wind turbines are being built in some of the “worst” places in North America, he says, which will have an effect on bird populations throughout the continent. “You can’t build office towers there,” he says, “so why can developers build wind turbines?”

Ontario’s government is not only NOT protecting the environment, it is actually sacrificing it for business interests.

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