Survey suggests an even split in public opinion about Ontario’s embrace of wind energy

2014_06010079John Miner, London Free Press
Seven years after Ontario’s multi-billion-dollar, headlong plunge into wind energy, residents of the province are deeply divided on the project, a new Mainstreet/Postmedia poll has found. The survey of 2,537 Ontarians, released Wednesday, found an even split on wind power, with 43 per cent of respondents having a positive opinion about it and 43 per cent a negative view.

But there was a big difference in the two opinion camps. “The people who don’t like wind power right now really, really don’t like wind power, and the people who do like wind power are only somewhat okay with it,” said David Valentin, executive vice president of Mainstreet Research.

Out of those with a negative view, 28 per cent had a “very negative” opinion and another 15 per cent had a “somewhat negative opinion.” For those with a favourable opinion, 18 per cent were “very positive” and 25 per cent “somewhat positive.”

Valentin said rising electricity bills are part of the reason for the weak support, but mishandling of contracts and reports of disputes involving wind energy developers and the Liberal government are also having an impact. More than 60 per cent of respondents believed wind power has contributed to higher power bills and 59 per cent expect the charges will keep increasing over the next 12 months. Read article

25 thoughts on “Survey suggests an even split in public opinion about Ontario’s embrace of wind energy

  1. Just who were the people polled and where do they live? I really believe that if the poll was taken in Northern Ontario the figures would be very different. Seems that a lot of people that stand to GAIN from this would naturally accept and buy into this SCAM..

  2. Near the end of the LFP article, it mentions that the cap-and-trade part of this plan will be deferred until January 2017.

    Awaiting the results of the U.S. election?

    And Vermont will have a new governor in January 2017.

  3. The problem we still face in getting the numbers to shift even more is systemic in urbanized post-agricultural ‘democratic’ society. People in urban areas outnumber rural people and have lost touch with rural Ontario. They prefer an urban lifestyle despite their alleged ‘love for nature’. This is why they can overlook such issues as the effects to birds and bats from these turbines, or the effects on all species…. including human beings… of noise, low level sound modulations and infrasound radiation. They can even overlook the visual ruination of the country side’s beauty.
    Educating urban people to a level that would allow them to make correct ‘democratic’ decisions that would reflect a real concern for the ramifications for rural regions and rural people is what needs to happen.
    At the same time as this has happened, we’ve built a society where people with degrees in politics or the arts, with very unrealistic ideas can gain positions of power and then presume to overrule engineers and financial analysts on their assessments.
    We have a political class who think politics rules everything and obstacles are somehow not real or can be dismissed. These people are arrogant in their certainty. They cling to their ideology and won’t listen to people who try to tell them why their ideas won’t work. They only listen to people who tell them what they want to hear.

  4. This would be consistent with the demographics of Ontario — 1/2 the population of the province lives in the GTA and are unlikely to see a contemporary wind turbine up close. All they see are the feel good commercials produced by the Provincial ad agency, so they think these things are wonderful. The other 1/2 of the population sees too much of the things, may have lost land or sleep because of them (and certainly $$$ in fighting their incursions) so have a much bleaker view. This would seem to be particularly true as the cost increases have had a larger impact on rural populations. May have been a factor in how quickly the Scarborough Bluffs project got dropped.

  5. GWPF, June, 21,2016

    ‘A Greenpeace study reveals what the future Paris agreement implies for the German public’

    “the production of cars with gasoline and diesel engines has to end by 2025 …”

    Article has link to the German Greenpeace website but the study is in German.

    Didn’t find an English translation of this study online, but a translation may appear soon?

    Heard a rumor about a month ago that one U.S. automaker plans to only make pick-ups and SUVs in the U.S. in the future. But have no way of confirming this.

    A wait and see situation.

    Compare the rest of this article’s information to the new Ontario energy plan.

    • The Fnidtjof Nansen Institute, Norway, 4/2003

      ‘The Role of Green NGOs in Promoting Climate Compliance’

      This 22+ page report covers Activist and Advisory NGOs.

      Explains how NGOs are set-up and operate.

      CAN/Climate Action Network,Greenpeace, WWF and Friends of the Earth which operate in Canada.

      Also includes U.S. NGOs

      This URL doesn’t always download but article title internet search can be done.

      Sometimes you have to go back to understand the present.

      Ella: Copy as this Norway information may not be known in the U.S.

    • This is why it’s important to know how and why the Green Energy Act came into being.

      If there was no Green energy Act there wouldn’t be these problems.

      Take a look at the NGOs that helped to push the Green Energy Act on Ontarians and why.

      Who funded these NGOs and why?

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