Wind turbines will change lives

Owen Sound Sun Times

I grew up on the St. Lawrence river just east of Kingston and sailed those waters for years.

From Fort Henry hill looking southwest over the Kingston harbour the vista stretched on for miles until the waters of the lake met the sky. To the right, R.M. C, The Kingston harbour, then Snake Island and the Admiralty Shoals and farther still, Amherst Island and the western gap that leads to the lake. On the left, Wolfe Island, Garden Island, Simcoe Island, Horse Shoe Island and somewhere over the horizon the Main and Lesser Ducks.

In these waters and on these shores some very important Canadian history was written and that wild vista never changed . . . until now.
Today the view from Fort Henry Hill includes a Wolfe Island that has been changed into an industrial site.

Scores of wind generators now dot the landscape and have forever changed the island into a manufacturing facility. Soon the Admiralty Shoals and the waters around them will sprout more of these machines. The very waters that Frontenac plied in a canoe, that brought his majesty’s ship “Royal George”, under fire from American ships, safely to the Kingston harbour that floated the greatest warship on the Great Lakes in the War of 1812, The St. Lawrence, and hosted HMS Britannia during several royal visits will soon be converted into an ugly electrical generator. Wind mills will soon rise from these waters like a hydra.

Must our natural and historic sites, our treasured environment fall before the god of wind power? Must we be stampeded by the virulent greens?

I understand that there may be wind farms constructed in your area of Ontario.

Tell those who would fight it to come to Kingston and look at what has been done to our islands, and then go home and fight like your life depended on it. Because it does.

George Luck Lansdowne

Adverse health effects can no longer be denied

Owen Sound Sun Times

Malcolm Hamilton’s letter threatens our children with disease and death from every direction unless the uncaring “anti-wind” people stop stating their concerns and allow thousands more industrial wind turbines into the rural countryside.

Mr. Hamilton apparently claims Toronto as his home as per his signature. This self proclaimed “well known” wind proponent also owns land in my municipality. I know your neighbours Mr. Hamilton. The majority of them are reluctantly held hostage by your IPC/AIM Power efforts to bring turbines to Grey Highlands.

Of course, I understand that wind industry people would not want to discredit their own product. It would not be helpful to your profit or reputation. Unfortunately for you Mr. Hamilton, rural Ontario has become disenchanted with your product.

Far more unfortunate are the families who have become ill since the start up of turbines. Wind company buyouts with the accompanying gag clause, wind company billeting of people who have become sick, people who have quietly moved away fearing loss of value in their biggest investment are some of what is left after turbines move in. There are people who have simply abandoned their toxic home, some who are trying to pay for a safe house to go to, to sleep, some who just drive away as often as they can; all to try to find some relief from the noise and ill health they experience.

I am pro-health Mr. Hamilton. The serious adverse health effects from the 700 up-and-running giant wind turbines in Ontario can no longer be denied. There is no acceptable reason to put turbines near anyone’s community or home or workplace or school except to save money for your highly subsidized wind industry.

Current provincial setbacks for turbines are not even close to adequate for protection of our health. I have personally spoken with hundreds of people who are seriously ill since the start up of turbines near their homes. Arlene King did not bother with that step. Doing so might have risked shooting her desktop literature report to hell.

I’ve been involved with this issue for over two years now and have come to understand that credentials are not synonymous with integrity and compassion.

Lorrie Gillis Grey Highlands

Ontario’s green energy policy rushed and industry-driven

Owen Sound Sun Times

As someone living in a potential impact zone of industrial wind plant development, it was so nice to be lectured to by Mr. Glennie, someone living in an area where he will most likely never have to deal with industrial wind plants on his doorstep.

It was also nice to read about the coming doom and gloom of the future of oil and coal prices, never mind the fact that the vast majority of our current electrical generation is already emissions free nuclear and hydro electric.

Thanks for letting me know about the coming cost to be artificially imposed on carbon as well, despite the collapse of the Chicago Climate Exchange carbon trading market and the mass corruption of the European Union carbon trading scheme.

It was also nice to hear from Mr. Glennie of how inept our local municipal governments are in dealing with industrial wind developments, never mind the fact that here in Grey Highlands we spent two years developing the most advance municipal green energy policy in the province, only to have it wiped away by the Green Energy Act.

Thanks for letting me know that the fuel for wind turbines, the wind I believe, is free. But that seems to be only for the wind power plant owners (oil companies in many cases) who are receiving long-term contracts and payment rates far above the current market price of electricity. I have not noticed a line on my hydro bill for free wind power yet.

I appreciate him letting me know that by opposing inappropriate wind power development, I am in a minority. I’m sure those living in southern Oakville love wind turbines . . . up here. Don’t try and build a reliable, predictable and totally controllable gas power plant down there, though.

Finally, I really appreciate him letting me know that my friends and others who I have met that have and are currently suffering in the shadows of industrial wind turbines cannot be real as there are no studies that he deems acceptable that confirm what they are experiencing and telling me. A piece of paper paid for by the wind industry is clearly more credible than they are.

I think Mr. Glennie has it all figured out in his world of doom and gloom fear mongering regarding a hypothetical future energy crisis that he uses to justify the mass installation of industrial wind turbines. I guess it does not matter that they cannot replace any form base-load power, regardless of how many are installed, as they can only supply an intermittent uncontrollable dribble of electricity to our grid. At the same time he has no problem belittling real victims of a rushed and industry-driven energy policy forcing the installation of those turbines too close to family’s homes. His must be a better place than the real world I live in.

Allan Lewis Grey Highlands