In his article on wind power titled “When it comes to health, wind power blows away the alternatives” David Suzuki outlines the benefits of wind power as a clean renewable energy source. I’m not so sure about that. Denmark is a world leader in wind power and they seem to be having a great deal of difficulty, including electricity costs that are four times greater than our own.
Still, not to discount wind energy out of hand, and if wind power eventually does come to B.C. perhaps the first wind farm could be installed on Quadra Island next to David Suzuki’s estate.you know kind of an honorary thing, since he loves the idea of wind power so much.
Of course it would be done according to regulations and would have a 550-metre setback from his property line.
A modest-sized wind farm consists of around 50, 300-foot-tall wind turbines, so that should get a good start on clean renewable energy. There will be a few minor drawbacks but it’s wind power, so it’s best to just be open-minded and learn to live with it.
Mr. Suzuki’s estate will be worthless, and the surrounding 3,000 or so acres, will look like a virtual wasteland.too bad that’s how much land has to be destroyed to set up 50 wind turbines. Mr. Suzuki says that’s minimal environmental impact, so he must be right.
If his children suffer headaches, or chronic sleep deprivation or come down with any other ailments that may be attributed to the 50 wind turbines, I’m sure Mr. Suzuki will remain open-minded and understanding. After all, the scientists say the people who are ill, can’t be!
There won’t be too many birds or bats left once the wind turbines are up and running (they don’t call them “bird shredders” for nothing) so Mr. Suzuki should probably keep his budgie in the house, and stock up on insect repellant, you see a single bat eats up to 3,000 insects a day. Yes we’re screwing up the eco system, but it’s clean energy.
Probably the most unfortunate drawback is Mr. Suzuki will be nuttier than he already is; I would be too if I had to listen to the endless whump, whump, whump of 50 wind turbines every day.
Hey, it’s all worth it, somebody will be getting their electricity at four or five times the price they currently pay.and it’s clean and renewable.that is when the wind is blowing!
Mark Williams, Duncan