Wind turbine religion ignores rural people

What planet is this man on?

By Michael Den Tandt, QMI Agency, London Free Press
The Sierra Club has always had a pleasantly avuncular image — nice folks in L.L. Bean pants, counting birds on the Bruce Peninsula. How things change.  Until recently, Sierra Club of Canada executive director John Bennett was best known for his opposition to the recycling of nuclear generators by Bruce Power. Here’s what Bennett said last winter, after the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission signed off on the shipment of used nuclear generators to Sweden: “I think the chances for a major nuclear accident have just increased several-fold.”

Meantime, the medical officer of health for Bruce-Grey, Dr. Hazel Lynn, said she had no worries about the shipment, echoing the nuclear safety commission and every respectable independent scientist or engineer queried about this issue. Hmm.

 Now, activist Bennett has set his sights on the wind debate — specifically, those who oppose industrial wind turbines on grounds they may harm human health. “I think what happens is that people have aesthetic responses to this and then they go looking for arguments,” he told skeptical politicians in Bruce County recently.

He continued: “They are being told they are inefficient. That’s not true. They are being told they have no say where they go. That’s not true. So when you lie to people and get them excited and you do have some people that have health problems you get a reaction like that.” What planet is this man on?

Wind turbines are, in fact, inefficient — because the wind often doesn’t blow. Ontarians in rural areas do not have a say in where they go — because the province unilaterally seized planning authority for turbines under the Green Energy Act. These are facts. Bennett accuses opponents of industrial wind energy of lying. About what part, precisely, are we lying?

Here’s what’s happening now, in Ontario: The taxpayer-subsidized industrial wind industry, midwifed by the McGuinty Liberals, is in a panic at the prospect of its patrons losing power. Its lobby group, the Canadian Wind Energy Association, is pulling out all the stops to persuade Ontarians that this naked emperor is, in fact, wearing a tuxedo.

The truth: McGuinty and his ideologues rammed this policy down the throats of rural Ontarians. The Liberals now plan to cover the province’s most pristine areas with 50-storey concrete towers, with no regard to the rights or concerns of the people who live in their shadow.

That is wrong. Calling it right doesn’t change it.

21 thoughts on “Wind turbine religion ignores rural people

  1. Owen Sound is receiving a lot of prowind spin in the paper.. a lot in the last few months
    can others take the challenge on I write a little too many…thanks in advance

  2. Sierra and friends – are interested in one thing.
    ‘Cap and Trade’ – to them – nothing else matters.

    1. Harper Conservatives have said they will ‘not sign’ another agreement –
    Re: Kyoto Protocol in 2012

    Canada’s leadership under Harper – is respected worldwide!

    • McGuinty ‘Green Cabal Liberals’ – Support This!

      Bureaucrats Gone Wild in Cancun
      Americans for Prosperity is a ‘far left leaning’ – group.
      They’ve got plans – for you and me. Ugh!

      The United Nations Climate Change Conference is meeting in Cancun, Mexico
      from November 29 — December 10 2010 where bureaucrats will work to transfer wealth
      and technology from developed to developing nations by raising the cost of traditional energy.
      But before these international bureaucrats get to “work”,
      they decided to throw a lavish party for themselves.

      Note: The U.N. Climate Change Agenda is falling apart!

      It is unclear, as yet, what will happen when the first commitment period
      of the sole treaty setting out legally binding emissions targets expires at the end of 2012.,,15136448,00.html?maca=en-rss-en-environment-4553-rdf

      p.s. Republicans hold a HOUSE MAJORITY – which, right now – is a blessing.
      Vote Conservative Oct 6th Election Day!
      – whereas for……..
      Mr. Bennett – God Bless him – I just don’t buy what he’s selling!

  3. Wind Turbines are designed to be inefficient — at all except a narrow range of wind speeds — if they were not, they would self destruct at high wind speeds. (You can do some googling or use Bing to find technical articles to support this.)

    The blades are designed to become less and less efficient at higher wind speeds — and be most efficient at the wind speeds typical of their installation area. Rotors now have some adjust so that their pitch and attack angle can be adjusted to achieve their design efficiency — within their operational range.

    We do not say that wood stoves are inefficient because we can’t find a cheap source of wood….

    What is correct is that the wind is quite variable in Southern Ontario, and it is highly correlated. This means that the correct “fuel source” is rarely present — and highly variable when it is present. This is a very different issue than efficiency. There is usually insufficient wind, and it is highly variable. That is what makes most of Southern Ontario a poor choice for wind turbines. Not “the efficiency”! The FIT tariffs make it nothing but a money grab.

    IWT’s are certainly not productive in a way that would allow us to shutdown any other source of power. They do not require “backup” as many people claim. They require another source of power that can entirely replace them for the (highly correlated) days when wind power simply does not exist. 😉

    But yeah — he definitely has the gist of it.

    DO people have any say where they go? — In general — nobody except the site lessor and the lessee — at least that’s what we see. In that he is right on the money. And our musician/Environmental Minister buddy — he has a say — and it’s usually “Yes Sir!, Right Away Sir! Three Bags Full Sir!” — that’s his say! Say what!

  4. Speaking of pro-wind spin in our local papers, I was very disappointed/disheartened, to read the ‘Our Opinion’ editorial in the Sept.1/11 issue of Kawartha Lakes, This Week.(It`s really Lindsay This Week, but that`s a separate issue).
    They are obviously out of touch with the rural voters in the City of K.L.and as usual look no further than the town of Lindsay Borders, where they are not threatened by IWTs.
    Apparently those of us who disagree with the Libs. plans, re wind & solar are “nimbys”, who aren`t “forward looking” or “progressive”. We are guilty of driving away investors.
    They still don`t understand that wind & solar can never replace coal or anything else.
    Basically, the editorial could have been written by a Liberal spin doctor. They`ve done o research, and are totally a disservice to our community. It`s so full of Lib. lies, that it`s quite sickening.
    It`s a prime example of what`s wrong in Ontario politics, why we are now a ‘have not’ province, with the worst, most corrupt provincial government ever! Harris is a saint, compared to McGuilty!
    I`m going to send them a response, as soon as I`ve cooled enough & thoroughly researched my facts. But I doubt very much they`ll print anything they see as anti-liberal or anti-wind. That would be too fair, to give all sides a voice. Not the Liberal way, especially during election times!
    Win power at all costs——Keep power at all costs. Honesty is for Loosers. That`s the Liberal way!

    • Some preliminary calculations done with the new solar facility that opened in July in Amherstburg revealed that this project could generate $15M in cash flow/year but only ~$220,000 property taxes which is less than 2% of the potential cash flow. Town councilors think they are getting a lot of money but this is not the case. Anyway it’s just Hydo bill payers money that they are getting out of the developer to begin with.

    • Hey Douglas Moran,
      I think you meant – City of Kawartha Mistakes – didn’t you?
      Remember – they amalgamated – into one big municipality.
      Wonder what’s going on there?
      It seems – everyone in the countryside – has been left to fend for themselves –
      …….or so it seems. ugh!
      Or maybe, I’m just crazy!

      • No, you`re not crazy Free Thinker. You`re absolutely correct, everyone in the countryside has indeed been left to fend for themselves. We do however, have the privilege of paying the bulk of the taxes, with the least of the services.
        So maybe they figure, letting us host the IWTs,(c/w no remuneration of course), makes up for not having transit,Rec. centres, sidewalks and the like.
        And yes, I did mean “City of Kawartha Mistakes”, thanks for correcting me, greatly appreciated.
        Thankfully though, we in Manvers, have a super supportive councilor, in Heather Stauble, who last week, hosted an open house information meeting, and showing of Laura Isreals, Windfall documentary. It was a full house, a great success!

    • Global Industry , Government and select media…all aligned ….ever see that for better pensions for you?
      It’s about transferring the costs of polluting industries while they are rewarded using your money to you. IWTs reward and allow more pollution in other parts of the world.
      This is not about the environment.

  5. Another example of the carpetbaggers lining up at the pigsty continually being refurbished by Mcguinty et al !

  6. Yes Free Thinker,it does appear to be the structure, chosen by council! Isn`t it amazing? Coupled with many of their recent decisions,ie garbage contract awarded to Miller, for 2 Mil.$ more than the bid from the people who were doing it, and doing an excellent job at that! Something really smells at our city hall!
    Maybe they`re McGuinty clones, I don`t know, but they are very McGuinty-like!
    Speaking of which, I see why the ‘Our Opinion’ editorials, read like Liberal spin. They are owned by Torstar, so they`re just a Liberal rag/newsletter. Not a hope in hell of them printing anything other than pro-wind

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