Letter to the Editor – Today’s Farmer
It is obvious by your letter, you simply are not listening. There is absolutely no one who opposes wind power who is “against” conservation and renewable energy…on the contrary!
Those of us who have researched studies independent of CanWEA, have come to the conclusion that wind energy, because of it’s fundamental flaws, neither supports Ontario’s efforts to clean the air or to fight climate change. Wind is simply not viable for either of these goals and perhaps your government should move on to looking at REAL alternatives and VIABLE solutions.
Your government grabbed the first (non)solution that came its way and is still stubbornly running with it despite information pouring in from all over the world that wind power is nowhere near living up to the hype. CO2 has not been reduced and no fossil fuel plants have been shut down anywhere in the world because of wind energy. Is this really about the environment, Mr. Smitherman? If you ask yourself honestly, really honestly, wouldn’t you say this is really only about money and politics at this point?
You mentioned, with pride, the opening of the Melancthon wind farm. I’m sure the reporters, lights and cameras made your government look green and everyone walked away that day patting themselves on the back. The truth is there are people in that same area who are already suffering from insomnia, headaches and can no longer sit out on their decks because of the noise. We have a report from a real estate study that the property values in that very same area have dropped on average of $48,000 per home.
When will the Ontario government drop it’s blinding idealogy and just deal with this issue objectively and fairly? The citizens elected you ….not the wind companies.