We need better guidelines

By J.C. Sulzenko, Ottawa Citizen
Re: Farm Federation wants block on wind power, Jan. 21 and Federal wind turbine rules coming, Jan. 18.   Ministers in the federal cabinet should pay close attention to the well-reasoned and well-informed call from the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) for a moratorium on wind power development in the province. The federal minister of health is said to be developing “voluntary” national guidelines for wind farms that match closely Ontario’s model, which is a poor one, indeed.

The OFA demands key issues be addressed before another turbine is erected. They include human health and noise impacts, safe setbacks, municipal involvement in decision making, storage capacity for turbine-generated electricity, and community divisiveness. To their list, I would add an overarching concern: how such wind farms affect the health of the environment, particularly in environmentally sensitive areas, such as along the shore of Lake Ontario. Study after study shows how turbines kill many local and migratory wildlife, some of which are species at risk.

The federal and Ontario governments seem not to see the forest of wind turbines for the trees. Provincial and national efforts should align to put wind energy developments in their rightful place – somewhere that does not jeopardize human, environmental and community health.

J.C. Sulzenko, Ottawa

8 thoughts on “We need better guidelines

  1. Please pray tell where the h…. is wind’s rightful place??? They are inefficient, unreliable, intermittent, non-dispatchable,expensive & will provide @ best 5% of Ontario’s electrical needs all to the tune of $80 billion to the TAX & RATEPAYERS. There is also no evidence that they can reduce the burning or mining of coal, reduce emissions, reduce the consumption of foreign oil, or provide long term green jobs that do not atrophy jobs in other sectors. Can someone please explain to me why are we even considering wind as a solution to our energy needs?

    • Fact or Fiction?

      Farmers have the answers – they attended OFA meetings – for years.
      Need answers – ask a farmer
      oh yeah – wait – most farmers are muzzled now.

      • Hey madasabat,
        I just had a novel thought!
        Why doesn’t the OFA call David Suzuki – aren’t they personal friends – by now?
        – a nice little walk in the park?…maybe lunch?..a little chat? – and everything will be good!

        Hey! – you forget – ‘perpetrated’ – on a ‘voluntary’ basis. Disgusting!

      • Free Thinker – please no talk of Suzuki.
        I just had a rather enjoyable lunch.

  2. Sorry – no forgiveness!
    OFA – a powerful lobby group, and a willing participant-designer of the Green Energy Act.
    What part is confusing?

  3. I gotta agree with ruralgrubby: There is no “rightful place” for IWTs!

    Should this unadulterated greed energy non-science continue, I fear the world my children will inherit. I am doing my damnedest to tech them the truth through the embrace of science. What else can one do for this is certainly absent from government! AND SCHOOLS!!!!

    AARRGGHH!

    Sean.

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