Response to Chris Forrest of CanWEA. I am a retiree whose pension income continues to decline in real terms. My home is my only tangible investment and all that prevents me from having to rely on government to support me entirely.
My concerns about industrial wind energy and Ontario’s race to impose such projects across rural Ontario without the benefit of any serious business plan, or indeed without any serious independent or impartial studies at all, were the reason I began researching the alleged promises of ‘green’ energy.
I am not, nor ever have been, financed by anyone and only comment as a genuinely concerned retired citizen, worried about the potential catastrophic effects IWTs could have on my property value and also concerned as one of those most threatened by potential negative health impacts, an ‘elderly.’
To have a letter of mine responded to by the vice-president communications of CanWEA, Chris Forrest, the trade association financed by the Canadian(Ontario) Industrial Wind Energy Industry, was rather surprising. Are they really worried by retirees without influence?
I do have some questions for Mr. Forrest:
i) Living in Ottawa what does he know about Wainfleet and other rural communities who are worried about the IWT projects his organization is financially committed to supporting?
ii) How close to his home is the closest operational IWT project, how many can he see from his home?
iii) Would he please support his claim about those 90 countries who he claims to be ‘expanding’ their reliance on wind energy? Specifically, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, U.K., China, Germany and Denmark?
iv) Can he show a single benefit, economic, environmental, efficiency, reliability that would support the continued subsidies from an already overtaxed population? After three years of public subsidies the ndustrial Wind Energy Industry here in Ontario can only deliver no more than 2.2% of provincial energy demand. And this is success to CanWEA?
Finally, the specific fact in my letter Mr. Forrest chose to ignore in his haste to criticize me for misinformation.
A spokesperson for NRWC, a company Mr.Forrest is paid to support, stated that the Enercon IWTs proposed for West Lincoln will be 124 metres tall. This is untrue if you actually read the specifications for these IWTs. The actual height listed in the company information is 179 metres when you include the 55-metre height of the blades. Perhaps the spokesperson and Mr. Forrest think the blades are invisible?
Andrew Watts, Wainfleet