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We just visited Prowind’s website for an update—there is none, there never is–and were delighted to see the little sidebar of facts about wind power is still there. Cute little factoids pop up like, Wind power development  increases by 30% every two years.

Here are some facts of our own.

Wind power generation efficiency declines by 2 percent a year; by the end of the 20-year contract, the turbines are producing next to nothing, unless they have undergone expensive replacement of the nacelle and the blades.

Wind power efficiency is about 24 percent; solar is about 13, and nuclear is about 80 percent for 40 years. However, wind power developers typically peg the efficiency rate much higher. Algonquin Power, for example, claims an efficiency rate of 37 percent for some of its projects, and depicts a straight line rate of efficiency throughout the 20-years of its contract for government/taxpayer subsidies. This is not illegal; it’s up to investors to do their own research and discover the pie-in-the-sky claims.

Each large-scale wind turbine contains over a ton of “rare earth,” a material that is being mined in China with disastrous environmental consequences, and which is causing people to be made ill. At the end of the life of a large-scale wind turbine, the rare earth and all the toxic hydraulic fluids in the nacelle must be disposed of as toxic waste. With Ontario heading for more than 6,000 of these machines, where are we going to put all that stuff.

Wind turbines leak oil: just Google that and see the photos of the brown-streaked turbine towers.

Wind power developers claim that farm owners can farm right up to the turbines and can treat it just like a “very big tree,” said one company. The most of Ontario’s valuable farmland that is being used is 2 acres, they say. Not so: farm owners are finding out that despite the contract terms, as many as 12 acres of land are being used up, for access roads and equipment.

North American insurance companies are starting to have to explain to people who have leased land for large-scale turbines that they are no longer insured for property insurance or third-party liability. The risk is too great and, the insurance companies say, the property owners have no control over who’s coming on their land and when, so–no insurance! Specialty insurers will probably take over, at much greater premium costs.

The taxpayer-paid subsidy for the average large-scale wind turbine in Ontario si about $500,000 per turbine, per year. In return, the people of Ontario are getting: higher electricity bills, the bill for the transmission lines being built to service the wind power, the bill for power not to be produced when we don’t need it, lowered property values, dead birds and bats, and reduced attractiveness of some of Ontario’s most beautiful landscapes.

Email us at northgowerwindactiongroup@yahoo.ca

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A recent tongue-in-cheek article by someone with the pen name “Ben Dover” puts forward the idea that maybe, since Toronto is already noisy and people are up all night, industrial-scale wind turbines should be put in key positions right in downtown Toronto. It’s where the power is needed anyway. No expensive transmission lines!

The interesting thing is the use of photos; when done like this the pictures look like the turbines are crazy big … which of course, they are. Here is an excerpt of the article…no idea of the source, which is not something we normally do, but this brings up a number of points. And shows that the demonstration turbine at Exhibition Place is really just a (non-functioning) toy.

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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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Please check the maps in our documents and links page to see what the Marlborough wind project in North Gower-Richmond looks like, in terms of impact on the community.

One map shows the 2-km impact; this is based on the recent announcement by the Society for Wind Vigilance–a group of international scientists and health care professionals–that a 2-km setback is the MINIMUM for health and safety.

The other map shows the impact out to 3.2 km on property values.  This is based on the 40% AVERAGE property value loss determined by U.S. real estate appraiser Michael McCann.

If you live in North Gower-Richmond, be sure to be sitting down before you look at the maps.

And then remember that then-president of Prowind Cathy Weston wrote to a news paper last year that “wind farms” have the effect of protecting agricultural land from further housing development. No kidding.

Email us at northgowerwindactiongroup@yahoo.ca

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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.

E-mail us at northgowerwindactiongroup@yahoo.ca

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Well, we never stopped, really.

Premier Dalton McGuinty will be facing angry rural municipal councillors at the Ontario Good Roads conference beginning this weekend.

Organized by the  Multi-Municipal Wind Turbine Working Group–which is headed by Mark Davis, Deputy Mayor of Arran-Elderslie–the event will be a Walk Out on Dalton as the Premier stands up for his speech to open the conference. (In Ottawa we don’t have much hope of any representatives standing up for us, as the vice-president of the Rural Ontario Municipal Association or ROMA is Doug Thompson…he won’t likely abandon his position to act for us in North Gower and Richmond. But we can hope.)

The organizers acknowledge that such an action will be a first at a conference that is known for its bonhomie but they also say it’s about time. At last year’s conference, Mayor of Amaranth Don McIver met with then Environment Minister John Wilkinson to talk about what’s happened to Amaranth since the turbines started spinning in his community in 2006 (people are sick, property worthless, homes abandoned) and followed up with a letter. It was never answered. He sent another. No answer. Wilkinson of course was roundly defeated in the October election, but for his department to ignore a sitting Mayor is appalling.

Now, says Davis, it’s time to act. “Why not?” says Davis. “McGuinty has walked out on us.”

Here is a story from QMI today. http://www.lfpress.com/comment/2012/02/24/19422056.html

Rural Ontario set to blow up at McGuinty

By Jim Merriam, Special to QMI Agency

Last Updated: February 25, 2012 12:00am 

It won’t be the legendary gunfight at the O.K. Corral but next week’s meeting between Premier Dalton McGuinty and rural municipal leaders is shaping up to be a major confrontation.

The issue involves shunning Premier Dad at the Good Roads convention in Toronto.

One organizing group is urging delegates by letter to greet the premier with respect.

However, the Multi-Municipal Working Group on Wind Turbines isn’t backing down on plans to walk out on McGuinty’s speech if a one-year moratorium on installation of wind turbines isn’t announced before the meeting.

The Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA), which sponsors “Good Roads” in partnership with the Ontario Good Roads Association, suggests such a walkout would be shortsighted.

“We invited the premier to our conference, we appreciate his decision to come, and we will respectfully listen to what he has to say,” says the ROMA letter, hoping for the final word on the subject.

The working group’s chair will have none of it. In his written response, Mark Davis, deputy mayor of Arran Elderslie said, “There are times you must stand up and be counted. You must do things that you believe are right for the people you represent. I firmly believe this is one of those times.” ROMA’s letter looks back at its successful history to discourage a walkout by the folks concerned about the way wind power has been forced down the throats of rural residents.

“As a group, Ontario municipalities have worked very hard over many years to build a relationship with the Government of Ontario that is based on open doors and frank discussion. The mature and respectful relationship that makes these exchanges possible provides us with our greatest opportunity to achieve meaningful progress.” But members of the six-county wind turbine working group are more interested in what ROMA has done for them lately?

“ROMA must be aware of the depth of these (wind turbine) concerns and we hope to hear at the conference the steps that ROMA, like the other organizations representing rural Ontario, has taken to represent concerns of its members on this issue.” ROMA goes on to list the issues it is discussing with the province including the global recession, economic development, funding for roads and bridges, the costs of emergency services and the Drummond report.

In response the anti-turbine group has a list of its own, pointing out those who have serious doubts about the “green energy program and wind turbines.” This includes the Ontario Auditor General who said the turbines are not replacing coal-fired plants nor cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

“They (turbines) require additional fossil-fuel gas generation back-up because their production is unpredictable, intermittent and cannot be stored.” This means consumers pay twice for wind energy, adding skyrocketing electricity costs that are a real threat to jobs.

Also joining the anti-turbine movement is the Ontario Federation of Agriculture that represents 38,000 farm families.

In addition 79 municipalities have called for a moratorium on wind turbine installations.

The working group also points out that the province responded within hours to a light rail transit motion by Toronto council, but there has been no meaningful response to rural concerns about wind turbines.

In summing up the fighting words ROMA attempts to speak for all Ontarians: “Ontario residents are counting on us to work co-operatively and productively.” The conclusion from the working group is quite different: “There are many reasons to walk and very few not to.”

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The North Gower Wind Action Group is a member of Wind Concerns Ontario http://www.windconcernsontario.ca

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But don’t take our word for it.

We could quote you the research studies that have been done–epidemiologist Dr Carl V. Phillips says there are enough of them that it is beyond a shadow of a doubt, and the World Health Organization has documented serious health effects from “environmental noise”—but let’s go to the Township of Amaranth in Ontario.

Almost six years ago now, the Township welcomed industrial wind turbines, believing the promises of jobs and green energy. They thought they were doing the right thing.

How’s that working for them? Not so well.

Here from a letter to the Minister of the Environment from Mayor Don McIver, the results of living with industrial wind turbines on one community.

“There is no question that the impact of wind turbines and the transformer that connects this power to the grid have negatively affected the health and wealth of neighbouring residents. The Council of the Township of Amaranth is opposed to any further wind turbine projects until the negative impacts of the current wind farm are corrected.”

Families have become ill and have had to leave their homes, the Mayor writes; efforts have been made to alleviate the noise and the low frequency sound, and have failed (we know there is no proper methodology to measure turbine noise–all the setbacks etc are based on “modelling”).

“The setbacks in the Green Energy Act are not sufficient to protect the health and wealth of neighbouring families. The 5 km setback in the lake directly invalidates the setback of 550 metres on land.”

Tha Mayor’s letter has never been answered.

For in-person accounts, go to http://windconcernsontario.wordpress.com/video-testamonies/

to see videos of Ontario residents who have been living next to industrial wind power generation facilities.

This is no joke.

E-mail us at northgowerwindactiongroup@yahoo.ca

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Here from the Wind Concerns Ontario website today, September 26, an article by a Nurse Practitioner. We are glad she mentions the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario; in its quest to seem more politically active, the RNAO has blindly followed the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE) and its data based on obscure and flawed statistical modelling. Several members have pleaded with the RNAO to do more research and reconsider its stance, to no avail. Here is Ms Rogers’ article:

Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner speaks out against wind energy

Posted on 09/25/2011 by MA

by Linda J Rogers RNEC
I am a Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner and currently a member of RNAO (Registered Nurses Association of Ontario) and I do not support Green Energy.  Professional organizations are asking members to vote in the upcoming provincial election to support programs and policies promising to save society from industrial pollutants and practices that are deemed to be contributors and/or causing global warming. I am also a landowner of a small acreage near the coast of Lake Erie. Ironically the Nanticoke Power Plant (a coal burning electrical generator that is slated for closure) is within view – ground zero of coal emissions in Ontario. Registered Nurses are mandated to participate in “reflective practice” by the College of Nurses, so let me explain my stance further.

Wind energy supplied by Industrial Wind Turbines is being touted as the solution for being able to supply electricity with zero carbon emissions.  The Liberal government has made sure the turbines are being installed unimpeded under legislative changes made in the Green Energy Act of 2009.  The effect of this act has removed local input and control by municipalities for any green energy project.  It has also effectively muted any opposition from the communities that will be hosts to these machines.

My home will soon be ringed by 12 or more turbines on the lands adjacent and abutting my property lines; in a project that is composed of almost 200 turbines in total from 3 different projects (Next Era, Capitol Power, Samsung) in the Haldimand Norfolk region.

Generating energy has always been a dirty business.  Extraction of fossil fuels, radioactive waste, alterations to major watersheds are the tip of the iceberg for impacts associated with electrical generation technologies.  Supply and demand of energy can be the driving force in the creation of wealth &, prosperity, technological and cultural advancements and peace.  It also can be the source of poverty & corruption, suppression of a free society- suppression of democratic rights.  Many wars are, and have been fought over access to energy resources. Big money involved in big projects and allegations of big corruption have always been present.  Power and control measured in financial assets and political influence. The latest discussion point is “carbon tax’ trading in the international community.  Generation of energy has had its negatives balanced by the transforming benefits of access to plentiful, reliable and cost available energy,

My community is at war- with its elected officials, community leaders, international companies who are developing the wind projects, turbine lease holder’s, neighbours, friends and family.  Polarizations of opinions are now either for or against wind development.

Wind energy has three major areas of conflicts and concerns

1) Environmental 2) health and safety 3) democratic rights and wealth sharing  

We all want energy and need energy that is

                     SAFE* CLEAN* RENEWABLE*EFFICIENT

Industrial Wind turbine projects require a large land mass (for poor energy output) and large expansion of existing hydro transmission lines, switching yards and substations to carry the energy to the grid.  These are machines that produce sound, both audible and inaudible, light pollution (night time lighting for aviation)  and other electrical energy byproducts (e.g. electromagnetic fields)   The effects and impacts of low frequency noise, infrasound, wake turbulence, localized pressure changes, seismic vibrations and the resultant impacts upon the environment and humans are being documented world wide.  People living within a 3 kilometer radius of any wind turbines will be impacted. We will all be impacted irregardless to our location to installed industrial wind turbines.

Just as we pay the costs associated with generation electricity from water we will be paying for the electricity produced from the wind.  Huge rate increases to our hydro bills (as a direct result of the subsidies being paid for the “Feed in Tarfiffs”) are starting to be implemented.   What are the benefits?

Follow the money trail:

Who is really going to benefit from wind energy?

What are we getting for our money? 

Where are the industrial turbines going to be?

When will we learn that things are never as simple as they appear to be?

But the most importance question of all is…..Why?

The fuel for wind may be considered carbon free but the reality is that wind energy has a very real carbon footprint that includes backup energy generated by the burning of fossils fuels or nuclear to maintain a steady state of “base load” for our grid.  Energy needs to be there when there is demand.  Currently we do not have a “smart regulator” for our hydro grid that could allows seamless introduction of energy produced by the wind or the means to store wind energy on a large scale for later use, hence the need for backup power.

Simply put no wind no energy output. Wind may not be an infinite resource to be exploited after all.

Opposition to “Green Energy” means opposition to false promises of renewable technologies.  I will reflect upon any renewable that delivers what it is promised to produce and has the least amount of real damage to environment, health, and the democratic process.

(This article in accordance to good nursing practice has been peer reviewed by multiple members of a multidisciplinary health team)

Respectfully, 
Linda J Rogers RNEC    Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner

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CFRA’s Nick van der Graght, filling in for Lowell Green in the 10 a.m. to noon spot Friday, advised a caller facing an industrial wind turbine development that she should sue the property owners who have leased their land for turbines on “nuisance” grounds and for loss of enjoyment of property. To say nothing of lost property values, health effects etc etc.

He commented further that if more people who are being affected by industrial wind power generation projects were to take legal action, the message would come across pretty quick: these projects are not wanted, your unwilling participant neighbours will take action and–guess what–it’s the property owners who are on the hook for legal action, not the corporate wind developers.

As it becomes obvious that the “fix is in” with industrial wind projects and the whole environmental process is a rubber stamp joke, more people will be contacting lawyers for legal advice. We have already heard of a North Gower resident who moved to the quiet village to get relief from migraine headaches that she intends to take legal action.

We’ve already mentioned the use of “anticipatory nuisance” which has been employed by people next to farms with genetically modified crops to take action to prevent the damage to their own property and livelihood. In other words, you can’t wait for the thing to happen to you, and then sue—the damage is already done.

Less talked about and less well understood is another legal term that will likely crop up as more of the Ontario government’s backroom dealings regarding permits and approvals for industrial wind turbine projects are revealed, and the fact that government KNEW its field officers didn’t have the capacity to measure compliance with noise regulations, but kept on approving projects anyway.

The term is misfeasance: a defendant can be accused of misfeasance if he owed a duty of care to the plaintiff. Certainly, the documents being released now by WindyLeaks showed that senior government officials knew of problems with wind power operations, and chose to ignore the situation, including the advice of their field staff.

E-mail us at northgowerwindactiongroup@yahoo.ca

Check WindyLeaks every Monday at http://www.windyleaks.com

And please donate if you can: another BIG meeting coming up, soon, please help get the message out!

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People travelled from Edwardsburgh-Cardinal, Lanark County, Amherst Island and North Gower and Richmond yesterday to see the award-winning documentary film by Laura Israel, Windfall. The film follows the story of the people of Meredith in upstate New York, as they contemplate leasing land to two wind power development corporations for industrial wind turbines.

Featured weere interviews with residents of Tug Hill New York where there are 170 turbines; they talked about what the power project has done to their community and how some people’s health has been affected.

Interesting comment by a person in Meredith, on government subsidies for industrial power projects: “If they gave us the $3 million, we could [use small-scale local power projects] get this entire town off the grid.”

The audience gave a round of applause after the film was over and several people had questions for Laura, who was with us via Skype. She gave the news that New York State last week passed legislation that is similar to the Green Energy Act, which means local council no longer have control over industrial developments such as wind power generation projects; as well, she said, Meredith is now threatened by shale gas exploration and development, which has caused problems elsewhere.

Windfall is showing in several other communities in Ontario; for a schedule and to see the movie trailer, visit:

http://www.windfallthemovie.com   

 

To email us for information and future events, northgowerwindactiongroup@yahoo.ca

 

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