Green energy push needs local input: Ont. Liberal hopefuls

P1020402By Antonella Artuso, Toronto Sun
TORONTO – Ontario’s Liberal leadership candidates have a lot of ground to make up with the province’s small town and rural communities if they ever hope to lead a majority government again. The list of complaints is long — Local Health Integration Networks that closed down emergency rooms, the end of slot-revenue sharing with the horse-racing industry, the derailing of the Ontario Northland Railway, the perceived lack of support for the forestry industry and just general top-down Toronto decision-making.

One piece of legislation, though, stands out as particularly contentious: The Green Energy Act. Designed to clear the way for the development of wind and solar power in Ontario — in place of coal-generated power — it has caused a lot of trouble. As fast as turbines went up with no local input, neighbours turned on each other and Ontario’s anti-wind movement was born. It spawned the Feed-In Tariff (FIT) program which originally offered such high rates of return at ratepayers’ expense that countries were fighting to get in the game.

QMI Agency asked Ontario’s Liberal leadership candidates for their views on the act and what, if anything, they would do differently. Not surprisingly, local input appears to be a common theme of any future green energy plan. Read article

6 thoughts on “Green energy push needs local input: Ont. Liberal hopefuls

  1. How about a similar letter to the one to be sent to the MNR…

    This one would go to all the major networks asking why they had not covered the story.

    Maybe the TV stations and newspapers need to be asked about the lack of coverage.

    Or you could just include them in the list of the MNR letter.

  2. When are the politicians, voters, citizens, press ever going to get it?
    The big, important, largely-undiscussed issue is that the wind turbines do effectively nothing for the environment. So there’s no benefit to offset all the well known negatives.
    Somebody with a profile, credibility and clout has to stand up and say this out loud.

    • Oh wow! What a great idea… Maybe David Suzuki will speak up on this issue — or the Sierra Club or Green Peace or…

    • Credibility also comes from having the written information/facts presented to the public in a form that most people can understand. Not much point in waiting for some well know person to speak up.
      This information and these facts have already been gathered from credible sources but so far not much of this information has been circulated to the general public.
      So far the press has shown very little interest in presenting facts about renewable energy. Reporters only ask these politicians for their views on these issues and never ask politicians what they mean by the statements they make.
      The Sun news article is full of this kind of reporting. Ask questions but don’t try to get the real answers. This is a good example of “parrot “reporting.

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