Owen Sound Sun Times The following is a response to James Glennie: Majority of the population support wind energy.
Only individuals who haven’t taken the time to delve into this very serious situation Ontario finds itself in would agree with comments made by James Glennie regarding industrial wind turbines.
First and foremost, the health of citizens living too close to wind turbines is at risk. There are more than 100 documented cases, in Ontario alone, of individuals including young children, who are suffering from the low frequency noise emmitted by the turbines. The Liberal government is dismissing them like they were last night’s garbage. These people have been forced from homes that they can’t sell. Some have been bought out by the wind proponents and have been made to sign gag clauses stating they won’t speak negatively about wind turbines.
If McGuinty and Dr. King would take the time to interview these victims instead of relying on outdated studies from wind proponents, they may see things differently. What you can’t hear, can hurt you. No one would suffer from salmonella poisoning if we could taste it. We can’t see ultraviolet rays or smell carbon monoxide. Does that mean they aren’t harmful?
Also, of major concern, is the fact that our democratic rights have been taken from us. Municipalities have been stripped of their rights where wind turbines are concerned.
If wind energy is part of the mix we need, place them away from homes, schools and places of business. The World Health Organization suggests minimum setbacks of two kilometres. Other countries suggest even greater setbacks. Ontario is a huge province — 550 metres is not acceptible. There is plenty of room well away from established communities where these turbines could be placed.
The area around Shelburne where wind turbines have been erected has turned to waste land.
In closing, Industrial Wind Turbines are NOT reliable. We require fossil fuel as a backup.
It’s time for our government to pause and consider new data that appears daily.
Tax payers in Ontario deserve as much.
Mary Cowling Pontypool