TORSTAR are nothing but Wind Groupies

EDITORIAL | Opinion | Strange move on wind farms

Jun 22, 2009 04:30 AM

In Ontario, there are wind turbines operating – and meeting provincial noise guidelines – 400 to 500 metres away from homes.

Yet, the government is now proposing a greater minimum setback of 550 metres and other regulations to keep the turbines back from roads and property lines.

Wind farm developers have “grave” concerns that those changes would kill many planned projects. They have until July 24 to provide feedback to the government before the regulations become law.

Since the government is committed to increasing our supply of renewable green energy sources like wind, why would it propose these restrictions, which seem ungrounded in any science? They appear to be trying to placate an alarmist, anti-wind lobby.

This is exactly what Premier Dalton McGuinty said he would not do earlier this year when he introduced the green energy act to streamline approvals for environmentally friendly projects. “NIMBYism will no longer prevail,” McGuinty vowed.

The regulations flow from the act and are supposed to replace a patchwork of municipal rules on setbacks. Right now, developers and residents routinely battle each other on a project-by-project basis before bewildered councils. This delays projects and drives up their costs.

There’s a good argument to be made that uniform provincial rules would simplify the process, reduce openings for NIMBYist opposition and ensure good projects get quick approval. But instead it appears that the province has landed on uniform regulations that will undermine some of the wind energy projects already on the drawing board while further emboldening their opponents.

Indeed, Wind Concerns Ontario – the major anti-wind group in the province – initially called the proposed regulations a “promising move.” Now the group is saying that they are “appallingly inadequate” and that a minimum setback of two kilometres is needed.

The group believes the turbines disturb sleep and make people sick.

Wind energy is not the only answer to our electricity needs. But the government has rightly determined that wind and other renewables must be an increasing part of the mix, along with nuclear reactors.

If the government now introduces restrictions that make wind energy projects much more difficult to site, will it also give in to those who oppose solar energy? Or nuclear energy? Then what? Do we just keep burning dirty coal?

Wind opponents say that coming up with alternatives is not their responsibility. Fair enough. The government must, however, take a broader view and pursue energy sources, including wind, that will keep our lights on without contributing to global warming. 

This is my response to this article.
When is Tyler Hamilton and the other TORSTAR wind groupies, going to stop and realize this is NOT a NIMBY issue.  
Why would anybody try stopping something that is supposedly going to help replace coal,  provide cleaner air, reduce GHG emissions and stimulate Ontario’s new green economy? Most likely because it’s all a Big Fat LIE;  not because they simply don’t want to have IWT’s in their backyard.  Where has wind replaced coal in places like  Germany or Denmark?  Why do reports from Spain indicate a loss of 2.2. jobs for every subsized green job?  Where has wind provided significant amounts of energy to help keep the lights on and not in fact cause the converse?  Has anybody from TORSTAR taken the time to call residents who are suffering or tried  experiencing their living conditions.  These people are instead  ignored, ridiculed and some were even bought out of their homes – where is TORSTAR’s story on this one? Instead, you continue with your politically correct pallative pablum without even asking Smitherman and the gang for the scientific proof that the GEA will even cut one carbon of emission. The windies keep on touting that IWT’s are only a part of the solution.  Then why as a taxpayer do I have to pay for a part that is going to add insignificant amounts of energy, not cut in any significant way, carbon emissions and then create health problems for those living near these projects. Ontario residents are not even shown the cost benefit analysis to assure that tax dollars will indeed stimulate our economy without atrophying other sectors.    Wind Energy is not about saving the world from the effects of Global Warming, it just simply all about generating money for a few very good spin artists, (CanWEA and all of their NGO friends) all at the expense of the hard working Ontario taxpayers.  

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