Murdoch to seek moratorium on wind turbine projects

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RESOLUTION
That in the Opinion of this House, the Province of Ontario must impose a moratorium on all new wind turbine projects in Ontario until such time as the Chief Medical Officer of Health, Ministry of Health and Ministry of the Environment have stated that wind turbines do not have any adverse health effects on people who live near them.

THE OWEN SOUND SUN TIMES     Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Murdoch announced yesterday he will call for a provincewide moratorium on wind turbine projects later this month.

Murdoch said in a news release yesterday he will introduce a resolution, which he expects to be debated on Oct. 29, that calls on the province and its chief medical doctor to state whether or not wind turbines cause health problems for people who live near them.

Murdoch said the government has a responsibility as well as a mandate to investigate such claims — which range from sleep deprivation to heart palpitations — before moving on with wind energy projects.

The green light for future wind development should come from the province’s medical and environmental experts, including Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, as well as the ministries of health and environment, Murdoch said.

“As with any project of this magnitude, it’s expected to get some opposition,” Murdoch said in reference to the Liberal government’s green energy agenda, which calls for 1,000 turbines to be erected in Ontario by 2012.

“My objective here is to bring these people’s health concerns to an end. If there is no link between wind turbines and adverse health effects among people who live near them, then let the experts state that publicly for all of us to hear.”

The Liberal government moved very quickly with the Green Energy agenda. Bill 150 was passed into law within a short time, and as a result very many things got overlooked, Murdoch claimed.

“In light of all these concerns, I think it would be very beneficial if the current administration at Queen’s Park cleared the air before moving on with its clean air agenda,” Murdoch said.

The wording of the resolution in Murdoch’s news release is: “That in the opinion of this house, the Province of Ontario must impose a moratorium on all new wind turbine projects in Ontario until such time as the chief medical officer of health, Ministry of Health and Ministry of the Environment have stated that wind turbines do not have any adverse health effects on people who live near them.”

About 120 people turned out for a Grey Bruce Health Unit meeting in Owen Sound last Thursday about the health effects of wind turbines, but many left frustrated after hearing public health authorities lack the authority and resources to address their complaints.

Two large-scale wind-powered generation sites are in operation in Bruce County — Enbridge Ontario Wind Farm near Underwood and Ripley South.  There are 90 wind farms in Ontario. More are planned, including some in Grey and Bruce.

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  1. Was listening to 101.3FM from Toronto; had story of wind farm opposition. Let me state that some of the reasons your group has cited have NOT been published in NYS. The most common “weapon” has been NOISE POLLUTION.

    A former NYS gubernatorial candidate used this tool to stop a wind farm in Webster, NY. As of 2009, he is now PROMOTING wind farm generation sites. Point is, there should be LITTLE problem using wind to generate electricity.

    However, there is is ON aspect of “wind power” that is totally MISSED be the voting public. POLITICAL HOT AIR.

    NO ONE has bothered to harness this power source. It certainly IS CHEAP, eh? Talk ALWAYS IS, right?

    To support My view, documented records will show that in western NYS and Niagara Frontier regions, there were MANY high level wind storms following the debates between Hillary and Barak; the Dems and the Republicans. Sustained winds up to 65mph were recorded by the Weather Service injh my area, following each of these major, televised, debates. Coincidence? May be. BUT the point is, that after an extended expulsion of political hot air, my home area was buffeted with very high winds.

    However, the point is, wind power IS CHEAP, and relatively plentiful. POLITICAL hot air is capricious, BUT VOLUMINOUS. Therefore, it SHOULD BE employed generating electricity a/o FREELY inflating pneumatic tires at the filling stations.

    Therefore, since we ARE ASSAULTED with this affliction BY politicians, the ELECTORATE SHOULD be COMPENSATED for this burdensome trial. Heaven knows voters are certainly NOT getting GOOD GOVERNMENT from this “exercise in exhalation,” eh?

    Therefore, let us INCLUDE a BAN of POLITICAL HOT AIR as both AIR POLLUTION and a Disturbance Of The Peace. One fouls our environment, and the other a felony.

    Both citations are an INVASION OF PRIVACY—-a CHERISHED right found in English COMMON LAW.

    Thus, should we be discriminating against NATURAL wind power production, and allow political HOT AIR a free pass? What IS better for society?

    Thomas J. Baglin
    Ragingmt@rochester.rr.com
    10-08-09

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