Toronto Star More wind than science in turbine debate, Opinion March 10
Leaving aside the questionable science that leads to the estimate of 9,000 Ontarians dying annually of complications resulting from air pollution, and also the fact that most of our pollution sweeps in from neighbouring U.S. states, Derek Satnik’s opinion has major flaws.
One of the biggest of these results from the fact that wind turbines have to be backed up by fossil fuel driven generators for the 80 per cent of the time when they aren’t producing power with the same generators on standby the rest of the time. Clean sources such as hydroelectric and nuclear can’t be ramped up and down as the wind comes and goes.
So the 9,000 Ontarians will still be biting the dust no matter how many turbines are built.
The only difference is that we’ll also have thousands made sick by their proximity to the turbines. Plus we’ll be spending billions on nothing — with the exception of keeping people like Mr. Satnik employed until the money runs out, while decimating property values across rural Ontario.
J. Andrew Watson, Guelph