I am writing to protest the erection of any wind turbines on Manitoulin Island. Windmills on Manitoulin are an environmental sham. Less than 10 percent of the energy produced at the source makes it to your light bulbs. That means more than 90 percent is lost in conduction.
If these windmills are to decrease the drain on our electrical grid they should be located close to where most of the energy is consumed, that is the Highway 401 corridor. These ugly, noisy industrial machines should be placed along Highways 400 and 401 where it is already ugly, noisy, and industrial.
They should not be placed in one of the most pristine places in the world. We all should be outraged that one of the most beautiful places in the world is going to be altered forever, just because we can. This skyline is holy because man’s hand has not touched it (yet).
I have travelled extensively through Europe and some through the USA. Never have I seen a beautiful a place as Manitoulin. I am not exaggerating! Here we get strength from the mountains and peace from the water. I have seen tears in the eyes of my European guests when they see our skyline. Europeans come to Canada to see undisturbed pristine places.
They come here to see land as it has been seen for millions of years, not to observe the latest German windmill technology.
We already have nuclear plants not functioning to full capacity. It costs 4 cents per KWH to produce electricity in a nuclear plant. We are going to give the wind farm more than 50 cents per KWH (your tax dollars).
Also please do not forget this company has received tremendous grants (your tax dollars), tremendous tax incentives (your tax dollars), and we are going to pay them more than other electricity producers (your tax dollars). Also, your tax dollars have contributed to their profitability so much that now they can get money from the Toronto Stock Exchange, and pretend that they are real entrepreneurs. You bet their CEOs are getting big bonuses (your tax dollars).
Plus these CEOs are not from here. They do not care about what happens here. They do not care that we have a beautiful peaceful place. This wind company is a bunch of executives who know how to lobby politicians and pay the right lawyers. They are not environmentalists. They are here to get as much money as possible, as quickly as possible from a flawed government policy (your tax dollars). They found a municipality that was bought for beads and trinkets and now they are going to change our landscape forever.
This wilderness in Canada is our heritage and we are not being good custodians of this heritage by putting these huge machines in the middle of beautiful meadows and swamps.
Hydro One is so mismanaged that our electricity costs will increase anyway. We might as well try and save this beautiful landscape for the next generation.
Dr. Bill Studzienny, Gore Bay