The people gathered here today are neighbours, landowners and citizens who wish to express their concern regarding the proliferation of wind projects in this area.
- the economic and technological viability of industrial wind and solar energy and if it is the best use of our energy dollar for the Ontario grid. As the Liberal government has not provided a cost/benefit analysis of these forms of energy to the Ontario taxpayers, and the Minister of Energy just recently admitted that he did not know how much this renewable energy policy would cause electricity rates to rise, we call on the government to place a moratorium on new projects until the financial consequences are known.
- the wisdom of giving renewable energy priority access to the grid, thus bypassing cheaper forms of energy and unnecessarily inflating the price.
- the rush to install so many industrial wind projects when demand for electricity in Ontario is down.
- the claims of the wind industry and the government of Ontario that these renewable energy projects will reduce greenhouses gas emissions, when they necessarily must be backed up by natural gas generating stations. As we will be replacing a few coal plants with a dozen or more natural gas plants, there will be no significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. As the particulate from natural gas is finer and able to enter peoples’ lungs, we question if we would not have be better off just putting scrubbers on the coal plants.
- why the costs of upgrading the transmission grid to accommodate renewables and the cost of the backup natural gas generation are not made public as part of the ‘cost of going green’.
- why industry-sponsored health studies are considered adequate when identical health issues arise worldwide among people living close to turbines.
- why the provincial government refuses to listen to 50 municipal governments when they respectfully request proper health studies be done before more wind projects are approved and constructed.
- why the government refuses to recognize that these projects can cause devaluation in the value of neighbouring properties and why the destruction of our beautiful rural landscapes is of little consequence.
- whether the government has considered the impact of multiple wind projects in one area and how saturating a region with industrial wind projects will affect tourism and the long-term livability of the area.
- whether the government has examined the impact high electricity rates will have upon small and large businesses alike, and whether our manufacturing sector will be forced to relocate to other provinces or countries.
- the wisdom of the government choosing winners and losers in the energy markets by offering excessive subsidies.