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After the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) announced it had serious problems with Ontario’s renewable energy policy, especially wind power generation which is being forced onto communities throughout Ontario, there has been plenty of reaction. Citing the expense of this unreliable power source and the fact that wind projects are dividing communities, the OFA asked the province to STOP until a plan was in place to deal with the many, serious problems.

Hardly surprising, the wind developers’ lobby, the Canadian Wind Energy Association/CanWEA, said it was “disappointed.” Interesting, that: people are losing the value in their homes, communities are being ripped apart by controversy, friendships and even families affected by the greed of a few, and worse, people are being made ill from the environmental noise produced by these huge machines (But CanWEA doesn’t want us to call them “industrial”), and the corporate lobby group is “disappointed.”

From this week’s The Advance, the following editorial comment:

Wind turbines, once touted as the answer to all our energy ills, are spinning in limbo. There was a time when agricultural energy experts saw the wind turbine as not only a source of inexpensive and renewable energy but also as more revenue for the farmer’s bottom line. The turbines could redeem all the usable wetlands on farmers’ properties that cannot be used to produce much in the way of crops.

The Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) has waded in on the controversial topic of wind turbines on agricultural land, despite the temptation to believe that the giant windmills may be the answer to everyone’s energy problems. While urban residents south of Ottawa have been of two minds regarding wind turbines near their homes, farmers and the OFA have been quietly looking at the pro’s and cons of wind turbine use.

These slow economic times may be a blessing in disguise as rural Ontario takes a breath to think over the wind turbine issue.

In a recent note of caution from the OFA the province is asked to pay special attention to the developing tensions between rural residents and community neighbours rergarding this alternative energy source.

The OFA wants issues such as health, pricing, the efficiency of wind power, setback issues and the loss of municipal input about industrial win turbine projects to be placed on the table for discussion. The province is not about to run out of power in the foreseeable future but the OFA’s request for resolution or at least a very loud argument about wind power may be just what the area needs to set the stage for what comes next.

It is time to make a plan.

Well, thank you. But it must be noted that the Auditor General’s Annual Report for 2011 pointed severe criticism at the Ontario Government, not for not having a plan but rather, for having a plan that benefitted  few companies in terms of huge profits while pretending to create jobs (it won’t, said the AG), won’t save the environment (wind needs back-up, most likely natural gas) and won’t create a stable electricity system for Ontario (wind actually destabilizes the system and produces power exactly when it’s not needed). In fact, the AG said, Ontario launched this plan without doing ANY sort of cost-benefit analysis, and without looking at the effects on the economy (every “green” job created comes at a huge cost in subsidies and acually results in job losses) or the environment.

The OFA was being very low-key. The truth is, Ontario’s plan to push wind power onto rural Ontario’s communities is a monstrous “boondoggle” that will wreck our landscape, ruin our economy, tilt our electricity system toward expensive undependability, and make hundreds of people ill, while slashing property values for young families and others.

It needs to stop. Now.

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Here is a news release from the Ontario Liberal Party, released yesterday. Some of it is news, but we submit that calling the Leader of the Opposition a “dodo” is not. Here is the news release, comment below.

Mike Harris Latest Senior PC to join Ontario’s Clean Energy Economy

TORONTO, July 4, 2011 /CNW/ – Former PC Premier Mike Harris is the latest high profile Conservative to break ranks with Tim Hudak and join the parade that is growing behind the birth of a clean renewable energy economy in Ontario.

Harris is the Chairman of Magna International, and a member of the board of the Aurora based company since 2003. In that time, he has helped shape the company into a leading manufacturer of both solar and wind systems.

In what is a major blow to Hudak, Harris, his political mentor and someone he worships, has positioned Magna as a player in Ontario’s clean energy revolution through the Feed-in-Tariff program:

“Solar Income Fund has entered into an agreement with Magna Closures, a division of Magna International, to purchase 14 dual-axis trackers for a series of solar energy installations under the Ontario FIT Program.” (April 4, 2011)

Harris’ support for clean energy also extends directly to the Samsung Agreement as Magna is leasing a facility to Siemens in Tillsonburg to produce wind blades for Samsung, a facility that will create 700 good local jobs.

Unlike Harris and Magna, Tim Hudak has failed to understand the days of dirty coal-fired electricity generation have gone the way of the dodo bird, and has promised to kill 50,000 jobs by scrapping Ontario Feed-in-Tariff program, Samsung’s $7 billion investment in Ontario jobs, and all the gains Ontario manufacturers have made in this forward-looking growth sector.

Mike Harris isn’t the only senior PC who sees the advantages of Dalton McGuinty’s plan to build Ontario’s clean energy economy:

  • ·                  Veteran MPP Frank Klees sits on the board of Tribute Resources – a company proposing to build a huge wind farm on the Bruce Peninsula – and holds stock options in the company
  • ·                  Senior PC MPP, Ernie Hardeman is scrambling to save jobs – and directly contradicting Hudak – by saying a Samsung agreement could stay under a PC government. (St. Thomas Times-Journal, May 11, 2011)
  • ·                  PC MPP Toby Barrett has warned local landowners with wind and solar projects to finalize their contracts as soon as possible – because he’s worried Hudak would kill them. (Simcoe Reformer, May 16, 2011).

While Tim Hudak is only in it for himself and his election, his pledge to kill clean energy jobs and take us back to the dark days of dirty coal will hurt Ontario’s economy and our environment.

For further information:

Fahim Kaderdina

Mike Harris’ apparent “defection” from PC principles and particularly, from support of Tim Hudak is surprising—or is it? Look at the list of people like Harris and Klees who are supporting the FIT program for wind and solar power: they are all in it for the money. Nothing else. They don’t care about the environment or air pollution; their interest is simply in the bottom line. And whose money is that? YOURS.

Fact: the estimates of jobs being created are vastly overstated. Most jobs will be short-term, and once the government subsidies are eaten up as projects are finished, the employers will simply move on to the next government offering such subsidies (though none is as rich as what Ontario has offered). Fact: each job is subsidized by the taxpayer to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars for each job. This is not realistic and cannot continue. As for Hudak being a “dodo” we’ll see about that when we deal with the aftermath of a wind and solar power industry that cannot meet its promises, cannot produce reliable power, and will never make a difference to air quality, jobs, the economy or anything else.

Once again, there is no mention of the effect of declining property values throughout the province, among properties adjacent to industrial wind turbine power generation projects.

This is going to be a very very unpleasant election campaign, especially with the Liberals doing anything, saying anything, to try for re-election.

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