Sierra Club targetting our rural communities to sway our Councils

The Sierra Club now finds it necessary to target our rural communities and lobby our local government officials.    We might suggest sending a copy of this letter to your local Council to make them aware of the Sierra’s true motives and lack of genuine concern for rural land and homes.
To Whom it May Concern:

It is our understanding that, as in many other regions of Ontario, your council has encountered discussion regarding wind turbine development. In some areas this debate has included calls for a moratorium on wind turbine development in Ontario, until such time as there is sufficient scientific evidence on the potential health impacts.

Sierra Club Canada requests the opportunity to attend the next council meeting and present the results of our exhaustive review of the medical studies from Ontario and around the world. The review was conducted to determine the validity of public concerns over the potential health impacts.

Sierra Club Canada has a long history of assisting communities adversely impacted by industrial development. Our participation has always been based on the best available scientific information.

Our members expect us to put public health and environmental protection in forefront.

Given the controversy surrounding wind turbines in Ontario, the significant role renewable energy can play in revitalizing Ontario’s economy and the emotionally charged accusatory tone of the present public discourse; Sierra Club Canada believes it is important the debate be based on objective scientific observation.

A copy of our report is available at

We look forward to meeting with council at its earliest convenience.


John Bennett

Executive Director

Sierra Club Canada

412-1 Nicholas Street, Ottawa ON KIN 7B7

Tel: (613) 241 -461 1 Fax: (613) 241 -2292 email: web:

Download Sierra Club’s appeal to rural Councils

22 thoughts on “Sierra Club targetting our rural communities to sway our Councils

  1. Apparently, the Sierra Club is referring people to a report that they cannot share pending legal action. Perhaps they should change their letter to read,

    “We would share this report with you, if we could, but we can’t. We are not allowed to make stuff up and pretend it is true.”…”But we would love to meet with you and not discuss the report which proves nothing and that we had to withdraw from public distribution.”

  2. Ninja turtles will be waiting at the council meetings……….

  3. Apparently ANYONE can do an “exhaustive review of the medical studies”. Doesn’t this kinda undermine dear old Mrs. King?

  4. Barbara you have the funding connections to these ECO/advertising agencies that receive out hard earned dollars if they tout the Ontario Electricy policy.
    Can you post it here and we will start letting every newspaper in Ontario know about the connections.
    There is however an issue that has recently come up , I may be wrong but newspapers may be getting funding from the Province..a Wingham paper was bailed out recently.
    Makes me wonder if it’s to silence newspapers regarding the publics fight against alternate electricity production before election.
    If you can point me to the connections , the papers and all councils will be advised.

    • Google the Annual Reports for the various NGO organizations and look for the supporters/donors sections of these reports for contributors/contributions.

  5. It is as you say ..about financials
    We must stop refering to Green Energy in any discussion .
    Alternate electricity producers

  6. I can spell folks …” honest” my eyes are not what they once were

  7. The “Real Truth”?????

    Anytime someone adds an adjective to the word “truth” you know a lie is coming.

    Truth needs no adjectives.

  8. Again, why is an environmental organization presenting medical evidence to Municipal governments in an attempt to interfere with local decisions? If municipal councils base decisions on this medical evidence and people are harmed as a result, would there not be grounds for legal retribution? I would think that the Ontario medical associations would take a very dim view of these individuals giving medical advice, when they are not qualified to do so.

  9. Apparently the Sierra Club makes a practice of misrepresenting information and facts on their website.

    They have an article on their website titled:

    Auditor-General fires parting shots on climate change

    However the Globe & Mail article never mentions Climate Change once…

  10. Perhaps Bennet/Sierra Club would not like to be reading this article by Tom Harris:
    as well as:
    Kyoto Protocol extension in doubt
    Terence Corcoran Jun 7, 2011 – 4:13 PM ET
    Prospects of a successor climate agreement seem unlikely.
    A leading UN official says time appears to be running out on a renewal of the Kyoto Protocol to control carbon emissions and the global climate. Delegates meeting in Bonn to lay the groundwork for the next UN Climate Summit later this year in South Africa have been told that the outlook for new global pact is grim.
    A German news source, Deutsche Welle, today reports that it is unclear that a new legally binding agreement will be set.
    “We need political commitment by the end of the year at the latest,” Jan Kowalzig, climate expert with the German branch of the charity Oxfam, told Deutsche Welle. “And if that is not forthcoming, it will spell the end of the Kyoto Protocol.”

  11. The real truth about wind energy

    The report “The Real Truth About Wind Energy” has been temporarily taken down because of threatened legal action. Come back again soon.

    Climate Change

    I just love this one. Stacks of this report were handed out at the Kincardine Community Center May 31st/John Foret tour.

  12. The Sierra Club Real Truth About Wind Energy report was prepared, it states, by two Sierra Club interns (whatever that it is supposed to mean).
    One of the interns is one Alexandra Gadawaski. Unless she is hiding access to her expert credentials from the world, when one Googles her name, the only expert ability that pops up under this name is that of a very good rower. No mention of an expert by that name in the field of wind energy.

  13. A new “REAL truth about wind energy” has been posted at the Sierra site.

  14. Some Highlights from the report…. Remember these are not my words.

    The Sierra Club spreads disinformation…


    “we are confident in saying there is no evidence of significant health effects “

    CMA and “Dr.” Gideon

    A report by the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) outlines the grave impact that air pollution has on human health, as well as the large financial costs associated with air pollution related illnesses. This report states that in 2008, air pollution was responsible for 21,000 deaths in Canada (CMA, 2008, p.iii). 90,000 people will have died from acute effects and 710,000 will have died from long-term exposure to air pollution by 2031, with the highest number of deaths from acute exposure in Quebec and Ontario (CMA, 2008, p.iii). In 2008 air pollution was responsible for 620,000 visits to doctors offices, and 92,000 emergency room visits, while these numbers are expected to rise to 940,000 and 152,000 respectively in 2031 (CMA, 2008, p.iii). In 2008 the cost of air pollution was $8 billion, and by 2031, the cumulative cost of air pollution will be $250 billion (CMA, 2008, p.iii). There are no emissions directly associated with energy produced from wind turbines (Andersen, 2008, p.11).

    National Audubon

    The National Audubon Society in the United States has voiced its approval of electricity generated by wind, stating: “Audubon strongly supports properly-sited wind power as a clean alternative energy source that reduces the threat of global warming” adding that “Scientists have found that climate change has already affected half of the world’s wild species’ breeding, distribution, abundance and survival rates.” (National Audubon Society, 2011).

    “Wind energy is a benign technology with no associated emissions, harmful pollutants or waste products. In over 25 years and with more than 68,000 turbines installed around the world, no member of the public has ever been harmed by wind turbines.” (CanWEA, 2008)

    Capacity Factor
    The capacity factor for renewable energy falls within the range of conventional generation techniques and indeed has a higher capacity factor then hydroelectric generation (EIA, [No date]).

    While wind speed can vary, it “can be quite accurately forecast in the appropriate timeframes for balancing electrical supply” (Sustainable Development Commission, 2005, p.22).


    I don’t feel the need to comment on these Facts…. I wonder what Dr. Ross McKitrick would say?

    • I responded to an article by Gideon Forman built around the same push on health impacts from smog, including:
      The recent Canadian Index of Wellbeing contained some interesting information on ground-level ozone, which might be one measurement useful to those claiming respiratory ailments continue to rise during a period where not only is coal use substantially curtailed in Ontario, but the emissions (SOx and NOx) from US coal plants have been reduced by about half. Here’s a quote from the summary referenced at
      “Ground-level ozone can be directly linked to human health – such as respiratory problems – and ecosystem degradation. It can impose billions of dollars of costs on society, especially in large municipalities with traffic congestion such as Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.”
      Traffic congestion eh?
      The next hour plus commute you have, reflect that maybe forcing IWT’s upon distant communities might not help much.

  15. The “Dr.” Gideon was my sarcastic comment.

    Everyone should read the report. It is enlightening. See the Bishop Hill Blog for a nice article on “Confirmation Bias”…. Then read the report a second time.

  16. It is said that climatologists and environmentalists can draw a dollars worth of conclusions from a penny’s worth of data.

  17. Here is one for you. Maybe we can get the Sierra Club Behind a Similar Modest Proposal — then we could forgo the installation of Noxious IWT’s… The Australian Government has come up with the perfect solution…

    The methodology involves the removal of feral camels with the emissions reduction benefit based on the difference between the estimated age of the animal at removal and the predicted average age of natural mortality. There are four main activities of feral camel removal that will result in emissions reductions under the methodology.

    Wot> We have no camels you say? Well — we do have an excess of Polar bears, feral horses and ponies in Alberta, and prairie gophers in Saskatchewan….

    Kill ’em all and let Gaia sort ’em out!

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