Wind energy just business

by Tom Burns, Ottawa Citizen

I have a friend in Scotland and her property is in the midst of being surrounded by wind turbines. In fact, the whole of the United Kingdom seems to be experiencing an absolute frenzy of wind turbine applications. From what I have been reading on numerous U.K. news sites and from people fighting to keep their homes from being surrounded by wind farms, landowners with huge fields as well as councils of many counties are doing their best to ignore the feedback of people adversely affected by these wind farms.

Nobody allowing turbines on their property seems to be concerned with making a contribution to finding clean sources of energy but rather they are rapidly putting up as many turbines as they can to collect the subsidies the government hands out for each turbine.

It seems the same is happening here.

I have always thought it was a good idea to explore different sources of power. But with the proven low and inconsistent output generated by wind turbines as well as the huge amounts of energy required to produce these inefficient structures, this is an obvious deadend option when considering alternate energy sources.

It should be made a law that anyone who has to sell their home due to wind turbine syndrome must be paid fair market value for their property (pre wind-turbine price) by the adjacent landowner with turbines on their property.

But of course, that would never be acceptable, would it? No, because that would be a fair and reasonable thing to do. In the wind turbine industry, fair and reason play a very small part. This is made apparent when people allowing wind turbines on their properties are required to sign non-disclosure agreements forbidding them to talk about problems resulting from these structures.

The more I have learned about the inefficiency of wind turbine power generation and the industry behind it, the more it smacks of the same non-transparency and shady tactics of the oil industry -an industry they are trying to appear totally different from.

But is all seems to be the same show. Just with different marketing.

TOM BURNS, Ottawa

6 thoughts on “Wind energy just business

  1. What is wrong with the idea of taking them down??? If they require so much taxpayer support, provide little to no value to the electrical grid, imposes a need to provide backup generation, are increasing our electricity rates, plus we are in surplus mode as it is in Ontario, than what is wrong with simply saying NO to wind turbines all together?? What about the individual landowner rights.

  2. Tom Burns referred to the land owners of Britain hosting turbines. In Britain, these landowners are often the wealthiest members of society. They are hosting turbines so they can feed at the subisdy trough. What he didn’t mention was the fact that the subsidies are added to everyone’s power bill, so the poor and middle class, who can barely afford their bills, end up subsidizing the rich!

  3. B.O.B. Same here in the states… Often the people who first “buy into” wantig a turbine, are absentee landowners who don’t even live on the land they are leasing so what do they care. They often prey on the older people some of who are worried about the future income they will have to live on. Then there are many who figure they are going to lease the land to wind company the land that can be farmed will be rented out and they plan to move to some other area.

  4. Wind turbines don’t function on free wind but on greed. Wind companies and land owners alike are in it for the money and the hell with common sense and concern for your fellow man.

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