Wynne government’s environmental hypocrisy: OK to kill for wind power

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While Ontario citizens fight the invasion of utility- or industrial-scale wind power projects throughout the province, using millions of after-tax dollars to protect the natural environment, wildlife, and their communities, the Wynne government engages in double-speak about environmental action.

At Ostrander Point, for example, it has been revealed in the ongoing legal proceedings (we are into stage 5 of a three-year fight) that a single person at the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry was responsible for granting the permit to the wind power developer to build, ignoring the Ministry’s own at-risk species expert who said the risk to the endangered Blandings turtle was too great.

Mere kilometers away, and in the same Blandings turtle habitat, the ministries objected to more testimony from staff at the MNR on the same subject, at the appeal of the White Pines power project.

Of the 77 wind turbines being constructed as part of the Niagara Region wind power project, 20 are in Blandings turtle habitat—this was not allowed to be discussed in the appeal of that project.

But Ontario’s policy on the endangered turtle is very clear: these creatures are in danger, and are to be protected. Here is a warning from the government’s own website on the turtle:

The public can help protect Blanding’s turtles by avoiding their nesting areas and by contacting authorities if they observe harmful behavior toward turtles or their habitat.

Building a power plant and killing turtles in their habitat seems to be OK, though, if it’s for wind power.

The Ontario government needs to do an audit on its environmental policies … and STOP building power plants in fragile environments and wildlife habitat.

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Pat Cusack
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She has a real nerve and has got to go!

Gord Schneider
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The current Ontario Liberal Government needs to be roundly and soundly defeated in the next election. Somehow we’ve got to get organized to defeat Toronto and GTA voters who for some reason unknown to the rest of us, keep voting for these idiots.

Tracy
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….the next election…the next election…here we go again
Save the environment, save the wildlife; to hell with the people. Come on now.

Barbara
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IISD/International Institute for Sustainable Development, June 9, 2005

‘IISD Receives $1 million for Sustainable Development Research’

Scroll down to Board which includes:
James Carr
Daniel Gagnier
Elizabeth May

http://www.iisd.org/media/2005/june_9_2005.asp

Go to GreenPAC Canada

Barbara
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IISD, June 12, 2008

‘IISD Board of Directors to shape new strategic plan: New members appointed’

IISD President & CEO David Runnalls

Retiring Board members include:
James Carr

http://www.iisd.org/media/press.aspx?id=37

Barbara
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The June 12, 2008 IISD address above is not available today.

Google: James/Jim Carr + IISD

Johana
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But the MoECC doesn’t NEED a permit to destroy the habitat of human beings or their lives even though MOST of the unenforced laws have as their MISSION! the preservation of our environment.

Barbara
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Carolina Journal Online, Nov.2, 2015

‘Amazon’s Wind Farm Links Nonexistent’

Energy still will come from local utilities using fossil fuels.

http://www.carolinajournal.com/exclusives/display_exclusive.html?id=12519

This is how “green-washing” works.

Environmental groups put pressure on companies to go renewables. In response companies buy wind and solar projects and then claim they are
using renewable power. Also pushes corporate investments into renewable energy projects which would not otherwise be done.

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