Health and property are at high risk

signsBy David Judd, Port Dover Maple Leaf
The fight against wind turbines proposed near Port Ryerse has become more public and more personal.
Forty protesters waved signs and handed out information sheets last Wednesday on normally quiet Gilbert Road. The road dead ends at the home of Anne and Wally Faulkner, a short distance from Lake Erie, west of Port Dover.

The unlikely occasion for the protest was the summer picnic of the Port Dover and Woodhouse Horticultural Society. Society president Anne Faulkner hosted the picnic in her gardens. The protesters had no bone to pick with the horticultural society. In fact, one prominent sign thanked the society for beautifying Port Dover and Woodhouse. But the protesters, mostly from the Port Ryerse area backed by contingents from Haldimand and West Lincoln, strongly objected to the Faulkners and their neighbours — the Smiths, the Steinhoffs and the Woolleys — leasing land for four industrial wind turbines planned for the Port Ryerse Wind Farm.

One sign read: “Smith, Steinhoff, Woolley and Faulkner, cancel the turbines. You and (developer) Boralex are going to damage all that is good here.” The protest was for the most part a quiet, low-key affair.
About 45 horticultural society members passed by the protesters’ signs on their way to the picnic.
Many picnic-goers stopped to accept anti-wind information sheets and some gave the protesters a thumb’s up. One driver honked her horn and drove by. Read article

5 thoughts on “Health and property are at high risk

  1. Kathleen McWynnity lied about Democracy and the fascist imposition of Industrial Wind in Rural Ontario municipalities…..Liberals took away our Rights !!!

  2. It was a good day, and every effort that is made to educate people to the truth, is a worthwhile one! Turbines hurt all of us, some more than others.

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    Mark Faulkner · Toronto, Ontario
    July 24, 7:58pm

    “”Mrs. Andrews said the Faulkners made things personal when they decided to lease a site for a wind turbine without asking their neighbours” – as they accuse the landowners of “greed beyond measure” – the landowners are that are being sued for millions of dollars. Ironically, some of the protestors are among the plaintiffs in the suit that alleges, among other things, that the mere announcement of the turbines has affected their right to enjoy their land. I wonder how much they would enjoy their land with protestors at THEIR picnic? The lawsuit seeks an injunction to stop the project, AND damages. Not “OR”. So they want the project stopped AND they want $3.25 million from the “greedy farmers.” Studies show that protestors and protest signs on your lawn devalue property more than wind turbines in your neighbourhood.”

  4. Jobs are at risk too… At least some jobs…

    Merkel’s Green Shift Backfires As German CO2 Emissions Jump – solar business closing

    Siemens, Europe’s largest engineering company, has lost patience with its CEO after Peter Loescher’s expansion into green energy and expensive acquisitions led to a fifth profit-forecast cut. Supervisory board officials have asked for the 55-year-old Austrian native to be ousted. A key element of Loescher’s growth strategy was the 2009 announcement that he would transform Siemens into a “green infrastructure giant”, heralding a drive into solar technology to promote Siemens as a partner for companies and governments keen to use more renewable energies. At the 2010 annual general meeting, he wore a green tie and called for a “green revolution.” Since Loescher took over in July 2007, the shares have declined 22 percent. –Alex Webb, Bloomberg, 29 July 2013

    German engineering giant Siemens has confirmed it is completely winding down its solar business. The involvement ended in a disaster, costing Siemens about one billion euros. Plans to sell off its solar business had come to nothing, Siemens admitted Monday in confirming a report in the German newspaper “Handelsblatt”. The involvement ended in a disaster, costing Siemens about one billion euros ($1.3 billion). –Deutsche Welle, 17 June 2013

    Germany’s exit from nuclear power could cost the country as much as 1.7 trillion euros ($2.15 trillion) by 2030, or two thirds of the country’s GDP in 2011, according to Siemens, which built all of Germany’s 17 nuclear plants. “This will either be paid by energy customers or taxpayers,” Siemens board member Michael Suess, in charge of the company’s Energy Sector, told Reuters. “As an industry, Germany has always reached its goals. Now the whole world is looking at us. If the energy shift should fail … it would undermine Germany’s credibility as an industry nation,” Suess said. –Christoph Steitz, Reuters, 17 January 2012

    Yadda yadda yadda…

    Translated from the German into the Kermit speak of the Humble folk:
    It ain’t easy being green.

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