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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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“Power Hungry” author and journalist Robert Bryce, who recently was the special luncheon speaker at the international Symposium on the Global Wind Industry and Health Effects, appeared on the Lang O’Leary Exchange program on CBC’s New Now network, last evening.

In his calm, matter-of-fact way, Bryce outlined all the reasons why developing power from wind energy makes no sense. It’s “low density” he says, meaning it takes up too many resources, particularly land, for the minimal power it produces. Plus, he says, it doesn’t do ANY of the things wind energy proponents say it does: it doesn’t reduce greenhouse gases (industrial scale wind turbines actually require fossil fuel back up) and it certainly doesn’t help the environment. (Consultants for the David Suzuki Foundation noted in 2002 that industrial-scale wind is LAST on a list of energy solutions because it is high environmental impact for low return.)

Industrial scale wind turbine developments are “energy sprawl” Bryce says. Plus, there ARE health effects. The Texas-based journalist has spoken with people all around the world who are exposed to wind turbines, and the symptoms they report are identical.

In closing, Amanda Lang asked Bryce if he was associated with any group or had any particular agenda or “spin” in criticizing wind energy development. “My book is based on math and physics,” he said. “It’s not about ideology.”

“Power Hungry: the Myths of Green Energy and the Real Fuels of the Future” is on sale currently at Chapters for $23.43, less if you are an iRewards member.

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

Power Hungry: The Myths of Green Energy and the Real Fuels of the Future

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While we are counting the moments until the big march begins at Queen’s Park today, we must consider what we are up against in terms of the wind industry and their claims about the environment. Why is a struggle for health meeting such resistance from our government that is supposed to protect us?

A review appeared in the Wall Street Journal yesterday on the new book Power Hungry and may contain some answers: wind turbine developments, author Bryce says, use 45 times as much land as a nuclear power plant to produce as much energy. Efficient? No: wind energy is an instant snack when it’s working and akin to “famine” when it’s not. Factor in the amount of resources used for construction, the potential for damage to the environment and wildlife, and the last thing wind development is is “green”.

“People are dying from coal”? Not hardly: we know that isn’t true in Ontario, where over 90% of the emissions come from south of the border and much of the rest from cars.

We have to look at “the big picture” in terms of saving the environment? Well, wind turbine development is a pretty sad big picture.

So WHY does the wind industry keep coming up with these statements which are patently untrue?

Money.

Dr John Harrison said that each industrial wind turbine represents about $500,000 a year in revenue to the developer. We did the math for North Gower-Richmond and he’s about right, just over $400,000 a year. Per turbine. (The landowners, who have sacrificed their community and relationships with friends and neighbours for money, typically get $7,500 to $10,000 a year, per turbine. Is it worth it?)

So that lets you know what we’re up against: big money. Very big money.

Forget the talk of “community involvement” and “saving farm life” and saving the environment.

What happens at Queen’s Park today will show the Ontario government how people living in rural communities feel about what’s happening to our lives, in the name of money.

To get in touch with us, email northgowerwindactiongroup@yahoo.ca

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