Just one child — one child — is one too many to suffer the effects of a wind turbine

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TORONTO — Angry residents opposed to wind turbines confronted Premier Dalton McGuinty on Thursday, saying health concerns are being ignored in the province’s push for green energy.

McGuinty, who was set to tour a recreation centre in Lindsay, Ont., came in a back door after about 10 sign-waving protesters parked themselves outside the front entrance.

The group bristled when they realized McGuinty was already inside the complex.

“I think he’s missing parts of his anatomy,” said one man.

After greeting construction workers inside the building, the premier was confronted by the protesters who accused him of foisting wind turbines on rural residents who believe the enormous structures are making people sick.

They demanded that McGuinty stop the proposed installation of about 30 wind turbines in nearby Pontypool, which they say are slated to be built close to schools and homes.

“Have you heard about the children who are getting nosebleeds from these (turbines)?” asked Pontypool resident Mary Cowling.

“Just one child — one child — is one too many to suffer the effects of a wind turbine. One little child. And if it was your child, and your grandchild, you would feel the same way as we do and you would fight like we are.”

Provincial regulations on wind turbines are among the toughest in the world, McGuinty argued, adding that there’s no scientific evidence to suggest that turbines cause health problems.

The province has to move to clean energy sources in order to reduce Ontario’s dependence on polluting, coal-fired generation, he said.

“We’ve made an important choice — we understand that,” McGuinty said. “And we know that not everybody supports it, and that’s the way it is in a democracy. We accept that and we’re trying to listen, particularly to the science when it comes to dealing with alternate sources of energy.”

But the group wasn’t satisfied, accusing McGuinty and local Liberal Rick Johnson of betraying voters and stripping municipalities of their power to block wind turbines.

The discussion, which went on for a quarter of an hour, grew heated at one point with several people, including Johnson, shouting over each other.

“I don’t think we’re going to resolve this here and now,” McGuinty said.

“We could, if you just said, ‘OK, we’ll take the turbines away from here,” said Pontypool resident Cindy Sutch, 45.

Sutch asked McGuinty if he would agree to a roundtable discussion with local residents about their concerns over wind turbines, but the premier declined.

McGuinty later told reporters he was glad the demonstrators “interrupted his regulated day” to help him understand just how passionate they are about the issue.

The group is vowing to make wind turbines a central issue in next year’s provincial election.

Johnson, who won the riding in a byelection last year, isn’t speaking for his community, said Cowling.

Johnson beat then-Conservative leader John Tory in the March 2009 byelection, dashing Tory’s last hope for a seat in the legislature and triggering his resignation.

It was a stunning turn of events for the Conservatives, who’d held the rural riding for years.

Conservative supporters stayed home that day because they were angry that longtime MPP Laurie Scott had given up her seat for Tory, Cowling said.

“(Johnson) won because the Conservatives stayed away,” she said. “I’m not sure that that’s going to happen the next time.”

9 thoughts on “Just one child — one child — is one too many to suffer the effects of a wind turbine

  1. “Regulated Day”

    That was another way of saying the opponents “had nothing better to do!” — at least as far as I can see.

  2. It is obvious that the pleas fell on deaf ears. McGuinty does not concern himself with residents becoming sick, communities being divided, properties devalued or electricity bills skyrocketing. He has an agenda to implement and he will continue until he hits the electoral wall in October, 2011. Then the rebuilding of Ontario begins.

  3. I saw David McGuinty and another Federal Liberal on CPACE Thursday Night. They were almost in an apocalyptic fit because the Federal PC’s were not installing “efficient, clean, renewable energy” — like wind turbines and Solar. So maybe everyone can add them to their “DO NOT VOTE FOR” list. They want the Federal Government to Mandate Clean Electricity — I think they want to solve our oil problem in this way — at least that’s what I understood. huh?

    They are big admirers of Nancy Pelossi and believe that she is right on the money with here pronouncements for Canada’s Future. Good stuff! I like it! Orders from headquarters in Washington! March!

    Also, they were discussing the oil sands briefly and want to look for ways to take the carbon out of the oil sands oil. I guess I could dive back into research and work on this if their pockets are deep enough… I am sure I can find a way to take the carbon out of oil… yeah! Gotta like climate research… It may be right up there with my invention of the Quantum Toothbrush — I’m still working on the marketing for that one though…

    I see a Porsche in my future if I can get this contract. It may take a bit of time!

  4. The 2012 Agenda

    http://www.america.gov U.S. Dept.of State site.
    1.Go to Global Challenges section
    2.Energy & Environment (tab)
    3. Articles on right side of the page

    “U.S. Western States Have Cap-and-Trade Emissions Plan”

    This includes Ontario and Quebec. Cap & Trade can be done province by province and state by state. Does not have to be done on the Federal level in either or both counties.

    Does anyone know the Ontario Cap & Trade plan/plans?

  5. Thanks Jamie,

    Interesting reading and the public is expected to pay for all of this in one way or another.

    Cap & Trade should make a whole lot of new fat cats.

  6. Barbara, the McGuinty government signed on to the Western Climate Initiative with Quebec and some US states. However, with the failure of cap and trade to pass in the US, it sounds as though some of the states are thinking of withdrawing.

  7. http://mvwind.10.forumer.com/viewtopic.php?t=2463

    Posted: Tue Aug 24, 2010 10:44 am Post subject: McGuinty’s “Green Dream” falling apart!
    Western Climate Initiative in trouble

    Julius Melnitzer August 23, 2010 – 7:48 pm

    http://business.financialpost.com/2010/08/23/western-climate-initiative-in-trouble/

    According to Van Ness, Feldman’s Climate Change Weekly Update, proponents of the Western Climate Initiative (WCI), a regional GHG cap-and-trade program originally comprised of seven western states and four Canadian provinces, failed to secure passage of implementing legislation before the end of the legislative sessions in Oregon and Washington.

    In the absence of the implementing legislation, neither state will be able to participate when the trading program begins in 2012. The governors of both states supported the implementing legislation, but it appears that concerns about the economy overcame this support. The two states remain partners in the regional cap-and-trade program and will continue to support its development. To date, only California, New Mexico, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec have passed legislation enabling participation at the 2012 start date.

  8. Thanks Quixote,

    But Washington & Oregon remain in favour of Cap & Trade. Just can’t make a go of it for now.

    Greenies alternate plan is to do this province by province and state by state if this can’t be accomplished on the federal level.

    2012 is not far off. Seems to me that these trading programs involve money. The question is whose money.

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