Wind Concerns

For a list of concerns this document Wind Concerns Ontario is a summary of the often misleading information, CanWEA and the wind developers like to claim.
The Government of Ontario has directed municipal governments to permit industrial wind turbine installation that minimize impact on agricultural operations. There needs to be a full environmental assessment and independent scientific studies that address the viability of industrial wind power, the adverse affects on peoples’ health, quality of life and investment in their properties as well as the impact of construction on wildlife and the environment.

It’s important for provincial and local governments to halt potential projects until they are analyzed and all concerns are addressed before construction and operation of wind turbines permanently changes the lives of Ontarians.

Skyrocketing electricity rates may force on in five Ontario business to close

As per usual the Ontario gov’t seems oblivious the effects of green energy on the affordability of the provinces electrical system where wind only provides 4% of the electrical needs, while representing 20% of the cost of electricity (Fraser Institute)  Skyrocketing electricity rates may force one in five Ontario businesses to close   

Alex Epstein – The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels

Alex has a background in philosophy and has done the critical thinking necessary to evaluate why we need to use fossil fuels. ” You’ve heard that our addiction to fossil fuels is destroying our planet and our lives. Yet by every measure of human well-being life has been getting better and better. This book explains why humanity’s use of fossil fuels is actually a healthy, moral choice. ”

I am encouraging everyone to at least read the first chapter (available for free here http://www.moralcaseforfossilfuels.com/

If you are interested in hearing my recent interview with Alex, you can listen here http://industrialprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/PH-101-Colette-McLean.mp3

I wish I could have gone into more detail about the economics of wind energy and the tactics used by the wind industry, where they come in like a stealth bomber, enlisting landowners/farmers to host turbines,  promising easy money and of course the invigorating idea that we are helping the planet by reducing the use of fossil fuels and cleaning up our air.  None of which they can provide real world data to back those claims.

In any case thank you Alex for taking an interest  in a  Rural grubby’s plight with Industrial wind development.

Chesapeake Bay Journal: Clean may not always be green where wind power is concerned – March 2011

Chesapeake Bay Journal: Clean may not always be green where wind power is concerned – March 2011

via Chesapeake Bay Journal: Clean may not always be green where wind power is concerned – March 2011.

Bird species already noted for their shrinking populations account for a disproportionate number of turbine-related deaths. No one knows why. “The numbers of Bird Species of Conservation Concern killed by wind turbines is increasing, and that’s troubling,” Manville said. “These species are already declining, in some cases rather precipitously

Wind power gets bent out of shape in Wyoming

Wind power gets bent out of shape in WyomingPosted on February 2, 2011 by Anthony Watts

Arlington, WY – avg annual wind speed of 31mph, gusts above 110mph, seems like a great place for a wind turbine ….right?

Photos from Feb 1, 2011 as the cold air mass that formed Snowzilla barreled through. The wind chill in the area from yesterday was extreme, -54F !!

Mohawk Paper telling me to suck it up.

I recently sent a letter of complaint to Mohawk Paper explaining what it was like to live with 24 Industrial wind turbines surrounding my home and farm.  This is the response I got back from the VP George Milner. 

            Perhaps you don’t know that per capita electric energy consumption in developed countries is increasing every year, as no doubt yours is, unless you are living off the grid.  I suspect that your dissatisfaction with wind power stems from the fact that those 24 “behemoths” are located in your backyard and not in someone else’s.  Would you be happier if you gazed out across your back yard and saw a nuclear power plant, a coal fired generating plant, or worse yet a tar-sands to energy facility?  

            We have many wind farms in New York.  Small independent farmers welcome them because the additional revenue they acquire from wind energy leases allow them to keep a lifestyle that is being eliminated by mega-scale agri-business industrial farming. 

                   In my opinion David Suzuki is the preeminent Canadian environmentalist.  Below is a link to his web site in regard to wind energy.

             http://www.davidsuzuki.org/issues/climate-change/science/energy/wind-energy/

             http://futureenergy.org/infowindblmy.html

             You offer no solutions, just a long list of negatives.  The below link addresses all of the issues you raised.  It leads open minded individuals to objective expert sources on the net impacts of wind energy production.  You need to separate your anger about having wind turbines in close proximity to your house from the fact that renewable energy such as wind is environmentally, economically, and socially desirable.  

              http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Environmental_effects_of_wind_power

 This is my response

  
Dear Mr. Milner
 
Your response is of course the classical one  from someone who will never have to “gaze” upon 400 ft Industrial structure at 350 to 640 meters from their backdoor.  Please note that I do in fact “gaze” upon a nuclear power plant  in my backyard and many who support renewables forget  that things like wind and solar cannot substitute the need for nuclear or any other conventional source of generation including fossil fuels since,  these are needed in order to compensate for wind and solar’s intermittent, inefficient non dispatchable sources of electrical generation. 
 
Because so many are not applying traditional due diligence or standard scientific methodology needed to discern if the claims that the wind industry make are actually true and sharing such with the public, we end up with people superficially  (and in your case with lots of  money through windpower certificates, which representing an added cost) supporting these kinds of “green”projects without determining if they are environmentally (which includes health and social well being), technically or economically sound. Consequently and unfortunately the larger percentage of the population have been mislead and therefore  in turn they continue to support the construction of hundreds of turbines up around rural residents.   

I”m sure you understand as a VP of a business that Mohawks success and progress  is  almost entirely due to  reliable and affordable power. You website claims that “Today,100% of the electricity used by Mohawk is matched with certified windpower certificates” These certificates are a known scam. 
Today where everything “green” is sacrosanct,  residents like myself  are not allowed to question the value of things like wind energy.  
I am very interested in protecting the environment for me and my family, but this green evangelism has gone WAY overboard.

For instance, are we saying “throw out these conventional sources of power that have enabled our modern society and replace them with unproven, unreliable, uneconomical, unenvironmental ‘renewable’ sources.” That is insane!

And where power sources WERE tested for reliability, technical feasibility and economics in the past, this is now completely skipped because they have the “renewable” imprimatur. That is absurd!

I would suggest that you review this presentation EnergyPresentation.Info

Signed RuralGrubby

Here is another response to Mohawk

To Mohawk paper

I have just read your claim about David Suzuki being the preeminant Canadian environmentalist. I should tell you that up to the deployment of Industrial Wind Turbines and their nasty little hidden secrets. David Susuzki was indeed our preeminant environmentalist, unfortunately for David he only looked at one side of things, when it came down to IWT’s, and made no attempt to speak with any of the global experts that attended the first Global Wind Symposium in Picton, Ontario, Canada. This was held in late October of 2010 and was intended to convey up to date “independent” scientific information to those that are responsible for making decissions concerning safe deployment near to human habitat.
Had Mr Suzuki chosen to attend this symposium, along with “any” of our Ministry of Enviroment Officials from the provincial government of Ontario, he and others would have found that every single scientist that attended, found it scientiffically reprehensible that any governmentt would allow Industrial Wind Turbines within 2 kilometers of a family home or school. Not only was this unamimous by all attendees, but is also the same “absolute minimum standard” as that recommended by the World Health Organizations governing body.
I think its safe to say, that those of us who live with, or near future sites of IWT’s are not too pleased that Mr Suzuki has seemingly giving tacit approval of them, when he has not to our knowledge, spent some weeks living next to them, at the less than 550 meters, now approved by Ontario’s provincial government.
Many other European countries are also now taking a second look at their sustainabiltiy, and serious health claims made by thousands across Europe. This must be seriously looked at, as you cannot simply try to solve one problem, by replacing it with another, and for those that attempt to do so, there wiil be, unfortunately, some quite serious repercussiouns.
regards
GH
Ontario

 

A lot of cash produces a little power « Wind Concerns Ontario

A lot of cash produces a little power « Wind Concerns Ontario

The city of Ottawa is asking ratepayers to pay for expensive Solar energy by asking taxpayers to foot  the bill to install solar panels on many of their office buidlings.  Does nobody understand that ratepayers are also the taxpayers of this province??  The disconnect is unbelievable!  Cognitive disonance at it’s best.

“This project is expensive, of limited environmental and power-generating value and it contributes to the inflation of provincial power rates”

via A lot of cash produces a little power « Wind Concerns Ontario.

A lot of cash produces a little power « Wind Concerns Ontario

A lot of cash produces a little power « Wind Concerns Ontario

The city of Ottawa is asking ratepayers to pay for expensive Solar energy by asking taxpayers to foot  the bill to install solar panels on many of their office buidlings.  Does nobody understand that ratepayers are also the taxpayers of this province??  The disconnect is unbelievable!  Cognitive disonance at it’s best.

“This project is expensive, of limited environmental and power-generating value and it contributes to the inflation of provincial power rates”

via A lot of cash produces a little power « Wind Concerns Ontario.