Windless – Video by Olivia Rutt

10 thoughts on “Windless – Video by Olivia Rutt

  1. Ms. Rutt has done a better job than many reporters in my opinion, but why is that reporters don’t question the fundamental assertion that wind power is “green”? It is well understood and very well documented that windmills DO NOT reduce carbon dioxide emissions, even in countries such as Holland and Belgium in which more than half of the electricity is produced by coal-fired generation. What, exactly, is “green” about a source of generation that doesn’t decrease carbon dioxide emissions?

    The situation here in Ontario is that windmills INCREASE carbon dioxide emissions compared to a scenario in which only gas-fired generation replaces coal. Tearing down all the windmills and not allowing any more to be built would be much greener, and a whole lot cheaper.

  2. This would be an excellent report to try and get more city media exposure.I think most urban dwellers don,t really understand the issues we have with turbines and the Green Energy Act other than skyrocketing electric bills. This report spells it out clearly. Well done.

    • This is excellent reporting but the media outlets in major urban areas seem want to avoid the issue at all costs. The Toronto Star appears to conspire with the ‘Green’ movement so will not publish anything that is critical of IWT or solar development. I rarely see any TV coverage of the issue.

      It is extremely frustrating that the message that IWT are not green is not getting through to the people who do not have to live with them.

      • I agree, but what to do? The only thing I can think of is to consistently respond to the articles, pointing out the erroneous assumptions and deficiencies in thinking and analysis.

        The so-called green movement does this all the time — witness David Suzuki’s frequent references to wind energy. He simply repeats, over and over again, the myth that windmills are “green,” and uses every opportunity imaginable to make spurious connections (polar bears are dying so we need more windmills).

        Rex Murphy recently wrote a piece about this. People believe the myth that windmills are “green” because it’s easy to believe, and they feel all warm and fuzzy inside because they think they are helping to save the planet.

      • Trevor, I do try to make myself heard, commenting when possible. The problem is that you can’t comment when an article is not published or comments are not allowed.

  3. Agreed … well done Olivia Rutt.

    Trevor, I think the kind of report you want to see would require much more than the five or so minutes allotted. In this case, we got a bit of both sides of the debate and some great visuals … much better than anything we’ve seen on the CBC or CTV.

    • Gord, I didn’t intend to imply that the media should always produce in-depth analyses, although that would be nice to see for a change.

      It is just so frustrating that reports like this all start from a premise that has been proven to be wrong. Everybody would like to think that wind energy doesn’t create CO2 emissions (and I think this is why the government started down this path), but in Ontario our CO2 emissions are greater with all the windmills than if we just had gas-fired generators without any windmills (and our electricity bills are much higher).

      So why are we installing windmills here? Not only is the question not asked in the mainstream media, but it also gets lost in the debates about health effects, zoning and all the rest.

      • Trevor, I acknowledge your frustration and agree with your point.
        I was just happy to be able to praise anything released by the usually unengaged press.

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