Brothers and Sisters,
Many of you know me and for those who don’t, I’m a retired CAW member who spent 38 years in two different CAW represented workplaces (Allied Chemical and Chrysler Corp.). Many of those years were spent in leadership positions, Plant Chair for nine years, Health and Safety Committees, NTC Instructor and for a short time before my retirement, a Collective Bargaining Instructor (LUDL) at Port Elgin.
I feel forced to write this letter to the Leadership because I have become APPALLED at the position my union has taken on the issue of the Industrial Wind Turbine installation at the Port Elgin Education Center.
Since application for Approval in 2005 the CAW has had ample time to educate itself and its members on the downside of the Industrial Wind Industry, the hazards involved with installing them too close to human residences and the fraudulence in the claims of the industry and the government backing it. You have not done yourselves or the membership credit by ignoring this issue.
I ask you to please check out the WCO website and read some of the testimonials from affected residents from not only Ontario but around the world. Contrary to what some well known individuals with their own agendas have said, this organization is totally grassroots with no connection to any industry, and certainly not NIMBY’s, just people caring about their fellow human beings.
Rural Ontario has been invaded by carpetbaggers disguised as green saviours of the planet. Industrial wind turbines are not green, they work intermittently, need full time fossil fuel backup and in many cases will never offset even the C02 emitted in the manufacture of their parts and the thousands of tons of cement that goes into their bases.
As human rights activists, the CAW should be concerned about the environmental devastation taking place in China where the rare earth minerals needed for the magnets in wind generators are being mined. The so-called environmentalists within the Union know of this issue but choose to ignore it.
Dozens of homes have been abandoned in rural Ontario because of illness caused from noise, vibration and infrasound from Turbines located too close to residences, but again our Union instead of standing up for these residents choose to buy into CANWEA’s propaganda that wind turbines are benign.
I have 33 (2MW) turbines near my home, the closest being about 1500 meters away and when the wind is heavy at night from the west my ears are plugged and my head feels like it’s going to explode. There are dozens of documented cases much worse than mine across Ontario but our Government chooses to ignore the issue because they’re too damn deep in bed with CANWEA.
I find it ironic that the CAW education programs talk of the evils of multi-national corporate lobbyists having too much influence on our Governments and then support the corruption and collusion that has taken place between CANWEA’s lobbyists and the Liberal Government.
It’s time that our Union recognizes that we are being led down a path of energy poverty. Where are our manufacturing plants going to be when energy prices drive them out of the Country? What will our Environment committees say when our membership is out of work and can’t pay their hydro bills? Get a job in the Green Energy Industry? It’s past time that our environmental committee’s realized this is the real world not Disney World.
Look closely at the devastation taking place in European countries that bought into the so called Green Energy Industries propaganda 30 years ago. They have lost much of their traditional manufacturing base, unemployment has skyrocketed and many are so far in debt they are on the verge of being swallowed up by the World Bank. Ontario is following this same path of destruction.
Sincerely and in Solidarity