I live beside a farm near Millbrook which has been optioned to an industrial wind turbine company and have listened to the discussion of pros and cons of having IWTs located very close to people.
I oppose them for many reasons, not the least of which is their detrimental effect on wildlife populations. When I read last week Gilead Power Corporation has applied for a permit under clause 17(2)(C) of the Endangered Species Act to develop and operate the Ostrander Point Wind Energy Park (near Picton), I felt a deep level of sadness and of anger with the provincial government.
Whippoorwill, bobolink, bats and other threatened or endangered species are present on our farm in Millbrook (beside the turbine site) and by extension the Millbrook site itself.
Modern macroeconomic theory must be wrong. Do we really need growth at any cost? Couldn’t we try controlled economic contraction for a few decades? The real problem is with our own species, not with wildlife harmlessly living in a place which is inconvenient for a proposed wind farm. There are seven billion humans on this planet. In the end, no amount of oil or wind or even fission can comfortably support all members of a human population which grows exponentially. We overwhelm other life forms.
We can say no to Gilead’s application. If you care about threatened and endangered species then speak out against this.
Start with simple e-mails (or phone calls) to the minister of the environment email@example.com, the minister of natural resources firstname.lastname@example.org and your MPP. Most importantly submit written comments on the Gilead Power application to email@example.com and quote ER number 011-3181 in the subject line.
Don’t be a polite Canadian standing by and watching quietly.
Allan Agnew, Millbrook