McGuinty vows to be “very aggressive” with land-based wind development

Wind farm moratorium not election-based: McGuinty   CTV News

BRAMPTON, Ont. — The governing Liberals’ surprise decisions to halt off-shore wind farms and freeze the minimum wage have nothing to do with a provincial election that’s just eight months away, Premier Dalton McGuinty said Tuesday.

Anti-wind power protesters have greeted McGuinty in many communities across the province, but the premier insisted the moratorium on off-shore projects is not politically motivated.

“People are free to do as they wish in terms of drawing whatever inferences that they desire from the decisions of the government,” he said after speaking to a business audience in Brampton, Ont.

“But the fact of the matter is, we’ve been very aggressive with respect to land-based wind turbines. We will continue to be very aggressive with respect to locating land-based wind turbines here in Ontario.”

The government announced the sudden reversal on off-shore projects last Friday, just minutes after McGuinty had finished speaking to reporters.

It said the province wouldn’t move ahead with the renewable energy projects — which it had previously touted as key to its green ambitions — until there is more scientific research on their impact.

The same day, the government also announced it wouldn’t raise the minimum wage this year, sparking fierce criticism from labour groups.

That leaves the province’s minimum wage at $10.25 an hour, marking an end to a series of annual hikes that followed the party’s election in 2003.

The about-face left Ontario’s opposition parties questioning McGuinty’s motives ahead of the Oct. 6 vote.

The premier was hellbent on pushing through his green energy policies until he realized it could cost him several Liberal seats, including that of Health Promotion Minister Margarett Best, said Progressive Conservative Peter Shurman.

“This is blind panic,” he said. “The premier talks piously about science. The only science that’s involved in backtracking on these wind turbines is political science.”

The decision to halt off-shore wind farms is “absolutely political,” said NDP Leader Andrea Horwath.

“I think it’s obvious that it’s McGuinty who’s actually twisting in the wind on this policy, because he’s very, very concerned about the political ramifications of offshore wind in some of his key ridings,” she said.

Of the 1,500 green energy applications to the government’s Feed in Tariff program, only five were for off-shore wind projects.

There was only one off-shore wind project, near Kingston, that had reached a contract with the Ontario Power Authority, but it had not received other necessary approvals.

McGuinty had previously dismissed concerns from local residents who opposed wind turbines because of health concerns. But he changed his tune on Tuesday.

“The fact of the matter is that there is a dearth, there is a shortage of science when it comes to locating wind turbines in fresh water,” he said.

Standards also need to be developed with the United States before wind turbines are erected in the Great Lakes, McGuinty added.

“If they decide to put up a thousand in a square mile, I’m not sure that would be in keeping with standards that properly protect the aquatic life in the Great Lakes,” he said.

“So we’ll take the time to do this thoughtfully and responsibly.”

The government said delaying the off-shore projects won’t reduce Ontario’s plan to generate 10,700 megawatts of power from renewable sources each year, about 90 per cent of it from wind power.

But there may be other hurdles ahead.

Last month, a three-judge panel from the Ontario Division Court began reviewing evidence and submissions from people challenging the government’s 550-metre setback for wind turbines from homes.

An Environmental Review Tribunal has also been holding hearings in Chatham and Toronto on a proposal by Suncor for a wind farm in Thamesville, which some residents fear will disrupt their sleep and cause other health problems. Those hearings were set to resume in Chatham on Tuesday.

17 thoughts on “McGuinty vows to be “very aggressive” with land-based wind development

  1. What can you expect from a premier that has to call the ex-premier (David Peterson, who is heavily invested in windmills) on a daily basis for advise. Obviously Peterson would instruct McGuinty to just ignore the tax payers and to continue to erect these health hazard, non efficient, expensive, useless cash grab products of his.
    Oh, how I wish that there was some way to force him out of office NOW!

  2. There is a way Missy… We need to march on Queens Park and demand that McGuinty step down Now! Before the election. Let’s make sure the public know our stories.

    OUST McGuinty NOW… OUST McGuinty NOW! etc.

  3. If McGuinty had one ounce of respect left in him he would resign NOW and do us all a big favour and leave Ontario!

  4. Quote: Standards also need to be developed with the United States before wind turbines are erected in the Great Lakes, McGuinty added.
    What? Tell me what he means by this??
    Quote: “If they decide to put up a thousand in a square mile, I’m not sure that would be in keeping with standards that properly protect the aquatic life in the Great Lakes,” he said.
    Drilling the bottom of the lake floor does NOT sound like a good idea, disturbing the fish and everything in the water and ground below, as they spit oil out, make costly repairs from a ship, blow over in heavy winds and a continuous expensive upkeep year after year, kill millions of birds and disrupt peoples peaceful lake atmosphere. Who would be foolish enough to put them out there in the first place? How much do you think this wind would cost? Where are the environmentalist? Who would be stupid enough to buy it? If the United States needs wind power they have there own wind and don’t need Canada’s nor the power lines, nor the price tag this would cost! Whoever would buy this would be buying a boat load of liabilities and higher utility rates. The wind power ideas keep getting dumber and dumber.
    Quote: “So we’ll take the time to do this thoughtfully and responsibly.”
    Yep, I really think someone better re-think this one. For sure.
    Can you believe anyone in the United States would do this? If so they need to be brought up on charges of Fraud Waste and Abuse!

  5. All one can say is Dalton MCGuinty has hired Baghdad Bob to guide his campaign strategy.

    He wants to be aggressive, there are a whole bunch of country folk who are prepared to stand up to him. Election 2011 will not be pretty, this will not work well for him and he knows it.

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnDB-p1shNg&w=640&h=390]

  6. Great Video! Creating jobs is an old sales pitch that no ones going for anymore. Creating more debt is more like it. The truth is out. It’s not possible to create green energy jobs without costing everyone more. Ask Glen Beck from the United States. Here’s some more videos for your records.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3UebL-x-sw&feature=related
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHZdLZLqIH4&feature=related
    For every green job 2.2 private sector jobs are lost. If the United States plans on putting wind farms on the lakes of Canada and buy the power that would be criminal. More than 2.2 jobs would be lost I would imagine.

  7. The U.S. will keep installing IWTs until the U.S. government stops giving out all kinds of goodies paid for by the taxpayers.

    Both the U.S. & Canada have the same eco-nut groups operating in both countries.

    Also they have political backing from the President,Senate Majority leader and the House Minority leader. There is a lot of political clout behind IWTs in the States.

  8. “But the fact of the matter is, we’ve been very aggressive with respect to land-based wind turbines. We will continue to be very aggressive with respect to locating land-based wind turbines here in Ontario.”
    We understand, your ambition trumps human health.

  9. If I were in power and if I had psychopathic tendencies, I would give the OK to put up as many wind turbines in rural Ontario as possible. As for people complaining about ill health effects? They’re jealous and besides…they’d be in my way. If I had psychopathic tendencies I wouldn’t care about them at all. I would lie, deceive and be manipulative just to get my way. Not only would my ambition trump human health, the environment would be outranked by my grandiose scheme as well! I would let nothing get in my way!
    Fortunately I have none of these character traits and won’t be running for premier any time soon.

  10. Then you won’t be Uncle Al’s favourite nephew, Nobalony.

    Reminds me of the Canadian documentary, “The Corporation”, based on the book entitled ” The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power.”

  11. “But the fact of the matter is, we’ve been very aggressive with respect to land-based wind turbines. We will continue to be very aggressive with respect to locating land-based wind turbines here in Ontario.”

    Yup…

    Right up until it’s declared ILLEGAL!

    How do you spell McGuinty?

    M endacious
    C orrupt
    G ullible
    U n-intelligent
    I diot
    N o-brain
    T it-head
    Y esterday’s bad news!

    But I’m sure most could come up with other equally accurate spellings!

    R.R.

  12. From Barbara’s link:

    “The clout of China and other lower-cost manufacturing countries in the wind market showed up in an analysis by the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University. That group found that more than 80 percent of $1 billion in federal stimulus grants for wind projects went to foreign countries. One of the projects, a $1.5 billion wind farm in Texas, expected to collect $450 million in stimulus money — but use wind turbines made in China.”

    So where did Ontario’s current fleet of 700 wind turbines come from?

    Here are the top jobs the state currently lists as green:

    Carpenters: 2,419 Installing energy-efficient windows and siding
    HVAC mechanics and installers: 1,361 Installing energy-efficient heating and cooling units
    Construction laborers: 1,315 Installing erosion control
    Landscaping: 1,252 Planting trees
    Assemblers and fabricators: 1,199 Fabricating glass for solar projects
    Plumbers, pipefitters: 1,114 Installing water softeners, low-flush toilets
    Auto mechanics: 777 Installing energy-efficient auto filters
    Maids, housekeepers: 698 Using only green-certified cleaning products
    Operating engineers, equipment operators: 577 Installing solar and geothermal systems
    Insulation workers: 469 Weatherizing homes
    All others: 8,864

    This looks an awful lot like “McGuinty math”!

    Right up there with “conservation generation capacity”!

    Morons!

    R.R.

    That’s right up there with

  13. Why did the lake IWT get a fast boot out the door when they have hardly any at all in our lakes and they get what we wanted “health studies”. way before land base turbines. Don/t get me wrong I do not like both of them and I am a proud NIMBY. I just wondered that the rich taxpayers with beach front are just more important than us hillbillies with less political clout. What a doggie dog world. We country dwellers are treated like a third world country. And we have to donate legal money to ourselves for this court case to protect us from these assholes that are and have destroyed our lives. Hard to decide what political party will look after all of us as a equal with out corporate influence.

  14. Les:

    Check out the ownership of the waterfront in Ontario. Who owns it?

    Is it owned by City NIMBY’s or Rural NIMBY’s.

    Next Question for double the points…

    Who can get McGuinty Re-elected? a) City Dwellers? or b) Rural nobodies?

    For Triple the point Value:

    Do I come across as A) Cynical or b) factual?

    Hint: Put on a black hat before answering!

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