Health “experts” wrong in nuclear/wind debate

un_dia_en_las_carreras_39Peterborough Examiner, Re: “Energy plan must shrink nuclear and grow renewables” (Column, July 23) –

I am very disappointed that our medical officer of health, Dr. Rosana Pellizzari – along with Dr. David Colby, medical officer of health for Chatham-Kent – both of whom were “technical experts” for the infamous May 2010 King Report – would allow their names to be added to the opinion piece published in Monday’s Examiner.

The College of Physicians and Surgeons in a report noted that Dr. Colby’s “expertise is in medical microbiology and infectious disease, an area quite distinct from audiology or other fields related to the physical impact of wind turbines on human health.” He simply does not possess the necessary credentials.

Most of us know that Gideon Forman is simply a paid pawn for an organization that has questionable ethics.

I for one am very thankful that Ontario has not reduced “our reliance on nuclear power.”

Did Pellizzari, Colby and Forman not know that earlier this month when we were at record highs for the year in terms of power demand and temperatures, the industrial wind turbines in Ontario were at times generating as few as 3MW while nuclear power generated close to 11,000MW.

As for their closing comment re “human health,” will Pellizzari and Colby now “fess up” to knowing back in May of 2010 that the indirect causal links were willingly omitted from the King Report? That is a query I posed to Dr. Pellizzari in a Jan. 2, 2013 letter that she has not yet responded to.


18 thoughts on “Health “experts” wrong in nuclear/wind debate

  1. Esther – you do have an eye for picking appropriate illustrations. I keep scrolling back to the top of this page for another hit of mirth.

  2. Ah yes — Gideon Forman…

    Gideon Forman holds a master’s degree in philosophy from McGill University. He interned at The Nation magazine and received scholarships for creative writing and leadership from the Banff Centre.

    In 2004, he became executive director of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE). Under his leadership, CAPE won a Canadian Environment Award and an Ontario Nature award for its effort to ban lawn pesticides.

    In 2013, he was awarded a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal for his environmental protection work.

    • I only hold two UNDERGRADUATE degrees with one in Philosophy from UofW. BUT…. Add to that a GRADUATE degree in History from WLU. I’ve never received a medal for ANYTHING but I’d surmise that Gideon & I are “on relatively equal footing” in terms of the relevance of our educational backgrounds to the issue of “Renewable Energy” installations yet I’M called a NIMBY!! BTW…… Notice that MY last name is “spelled with an ‘E’ ” unlike HIS. We’re NOT connected either by blood or by sentiment as it relates to the issue at hand!

    • So….he is a glorified spin doctor, lots of spin – no glory. You would need to be a good fiction writer, to dream up the nonsense they come up with!

  3. It was their boss what done it!

    But boy, could he ban. He banned pesticides, car cellphones, pitbulls, buck-a-beer, plastic bags. He even tried to ban the Lord’s Prayer in the legislature until his mom stepped in.

    Yep — it was McGujity’s mom what reined him in — but hardly soon enough!

    The McGuinty Liberals shamefully bungled the energy file.

    It’s not just the way they scrapped two gas-fired generating plants. The Green Energy Act will add billions to our collective electricity bills.

    The massive costs of wind and solar energy are pushing hydro bills to the stratosphere. The so-called “Global Adjustment” line on electricity bills is adding as much as $1 million a year to the cost of doing business for small companies. They can’t compete with companies in neighbouring jurisdictions.

    In a scathing 2011 report, provincial auditor general Jim McCarter said the GEA is not just hiking the price of electricity, it’s actually forcing us to generate more nuclear and gas-fired electricity – to back up the unreliable renewables. And it won’t produce the thousands of jobs the Liberals promised.

    We’re paying more than any other jurisdiction in the world for some of that energy – and many of the projects aren’t even hooked up to the grid, McCarter said.

    The jobs that were promised are mostly temporary construction work. Studies in Spain, Germany, the U.K. and Australia show that you lose jobs when electricity prices go up, McCarter said, and the cost per job is between $100,000 to $300,000.

    “Because renewable energy is very expensive, the impact of higher electricity prices on the other job sectors actually has resulted in a net loss of jobs,” he said.

    Our Hero!

  4. CAPE and Gideon Forman — getting it wrong — again, and again and again…

    “Quebec’s decision never had a basis in science,” said Brenda Harris, the company’s Calgary-based manager of regulatory and government affairs. “And it cast a shadow on the safety of our product.” Ms. Harris said the case is about making sure governments are “transparent in their decision-making.”

    In a statement, Quebec said its ban remains firmly in place and that 2,4-D continues to be a restricted chemical.

    The pesticide 2,4-D, once sold widely throughout Canada under brand names such as Killex, is prohibited for lawn care in most provinces east of Manitoba as part of a much broader prohibition on so-called cosmetic lawn care products. The chemical is still widely used in agriculture and forestry. It’s also sold for cosmetic uses in the four western provinces and throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.

    In justifying the ban, Quebec had initially identified 2,4-D as a possible carcinogen – a claim it failed to demonstrate. And that put the province at odds with Health Canada, which deems the product safe, sparking the company’s NAFTA case against the federal government. Claims can only be brought against NAFTA’s three signatories – Canada, the United States and Mexico.

    It was CAPE and Gideon Forman that lead the charge against 2-4-D — they get it wrong so much of the time that I find it unbelievable that they would be believed about anything.

    IWT’s when used as directed are a hazard to your health and your pocketbook — that is what their research should have shown. They can’t figger out your lawn and herbicides — so why do government officials feel they figger out the energy puzzle?

    Is it because government officials respect his diploma in Creative Writing?

    Bahhh Humbug!

  5. Colby – a strawberry preserve –

    ‘[excerpt] The College of Physicians and Surgeons in a report noted that Dr. Colby’s “expertise is in medical microbiology and infectious disease, an area quite distinct from audiology or other fields related to the physical impact of wind turbines on human health.” He simply does not possess the necessary credentials.’

    But, but, but, – he preserves the integrity of the game;
    and, judges have relied on his expertise –
    to assist them while making important decisions.

    Informed decisions – What’s for lunch?

  6. I thought Arlene King was the biggest quack in Ontario. However, I now find that two other quacks helped her become the biggest quack. Hopefully, these quacks are only writing pablum puking liberal garbage and not practicing medicine with patients.

  7. C’mon! We should be fair……..??? After all, Doc Gideon was only trying to protect us from carcinogens in that nasty pesticide wasn’t he?
    Hmmm! Wonder how many components of an IWT contain carcinogens…???
    CAPE and Forman are a sick joke, as is Doc Colby(wonder how much tax dollars he receives for his three jobs?).
    Sad thing is, of course, that it is us, the citizens of a supposed democratic country, who continue to allow unrepresentative lunatics like these to dictate government policy.
    Andrew Watts

  8. I recently took a drive through Elgin County off the shores of Lake Erie. I wondered why many of the turbines were not turning on a day that had sufficient wind to produce whitecaps on the lake. Could someone explain why so many were inactive. I never minded the landscape dotted with the odd turbine in the past but in this area the turbines are numerous and close to the road and became an annoyance. Are they productive enough to justify changing the landscape of numerous communities in this region?

    • Curious about their productivity? Click on my name, read through some of the sections on capacity factor, — get ready to weep.

      They produce better that 50% of nameplate value less than 18% of the time.


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