Don’t do what Ontario did with wind power: den Tandt to federal government

3-MW wind turbine and house near Brinston: Ontario hasn't learned a thing. [Photo: Ray Pilon, Ottawa]
3-MW wind turbine and house near Brinston: Ontario hasn’t learned a thing. [Photo: Ray Pilon, Ottawa]
OPINION

Writing in yesterday’s National Post and for Postmedia, Michael Den Tandt puts the climate change discussion into perspective and in particular, has some advice for the new federal government on “clean” energy:

The Liberals will also need to take pains to avoid the multi-billion-dollar waste and anti-democratic outrages of Ontario’s Green Energy Act, which foisted inefficient, hugely expensive and environmentally harmful wind turbines on rural communities that in many cases did and do not want them.

Expensive.

Inefficient.

Actually harm the environment they are supposed to be saving—that’s the lesson to be learned from Ontario about wind turbines. Only Ontario hasn’t learned it, as the government contracts for 300 more megawatts of wind in 2015 (well, turns out we have to wait now until 2016 to learn which communities are on the chopping block), and another 200 megawatts in 2016.

Worse, Big Wind has convinced the Ontario government that the 3-megawatt machines are actually “quieter” and so, new regulations for turbine noise, to be released shortly, will have zero mention of low-frequency noise or infrasound, because Big Wind says it isn’t a problem. Meanwhile, anecdotal reports out of communities where the 3-megawatt behemoths have begun operating show that people are getting sicker, faster.

Analysts such as Tom Adams, Scott Luft and Parker Gallant repeatedly offer data that shows wind power is not only high impact on the environment it is for very little benefit, and is costing Ontario in terms of competitiveness, and standard of living.

Ontario has a lot to learn, not the least of which is how to protect its citizens.

 

Comments

Sommer
Reply

As a citizen of Ontario, I am downright embarrassed about this whole situation.
On the world stage, our provincial ‘leaders’ and now our federal ‘leaders’ are woefully out of touch with the reality that is steadily being revealed on climate change and energy issues.
Why are they so oblivious to the truth?

Barbara
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Short answer is money and power!

Tracy
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Yes, Ontario-including the people of every community now fighting the development of iwts, has a lot to learn in terms of ETHICS and VALUES.
What kind of people put human health on the back burner and continue to harp on the destruction of the environment and harm to wildlife??? I’m sick of hearing it. In my world, the issue of importance is human health. Perhaps if the focus of these arguments was in the area of negative impacts caused to human health, we would make faster progress with a resolution in favor of what should be of fundamental importance to us, that being the health and welfare of the PEOPLE.
Honestly, do you think I would give a rats ass how much my property value has decreased because of the development of industrial wind turbines in my back yard….when I’m DEAD???
Perhaps YOU need to give your head a shake and rethink YOUR values.

Wind Concerns Ontario
Reply

Nothing is “on the back burner”: we need to keep the information going out on ALL aspects of wind power development on this scale, and that includes the impact on wildlife. It may be the only thing some people understand.

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