When government and industry talk about green energy, what they mean by green is the green stuff that will be going into the pockets of special corporate and government interests.
In a dramatic move yesterday, Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty struck a green electricity deal — allegedly the biggest of its kind in the world — that will transmit a subsidy worth as much as $10-billion into the hands of a Korean state enterprise and corporate giant Samsung. Continue reading →
Premier Dalton McGuinty says his $7-billion deal with South Korea’s Samsung Group to create 16,000 new jobs over six years and generate 2,500 megawatts of renewable energy will “make Ontario the place for green energy manufacturing in North America.”
He’d better hope so. That’s a huge price tag to provide less than one-third of the 50,000 green jobs McGuinty promised would result from his Green Energy Act.
At 16,000 jobs (only 4,000 permanent) it’s $437,500 to create each one. Continue reading →
A retired Queen’s University physics professor says wind farms don’t live up to the hype generated by energy companies and governments.
John Harrison says that for the final six months of 2009, the Wolfe Island wind farm operated at about one-quarter efficiency.
It’s misleading, Harrison said, for Ontario Environment Minister John Gerretsen and Trans -Alta, the company that recently bought the wind farm, to claim that the 86 turbines power 75,000 homes. Continue reading →
1. NAME CALLING or STEREOTYPING:
Giving a person or an idea a bad label by using an easy to remember pejorative name. This is used to make us reject and condemn a person or idea without examining what the label really means. Example: NIMBY
2. BAND WAGON: This common propaganda method is when the speaker tries to convince us to accept their point of view or else we will miss out on something really good. The Band-Wagon technique is often used in advertising. Examples: “This is the wave of the future”, “Your community will be the leader!” Continue reading →
The Regional News This Week (Haldimand Norfolk area)
My family and I moved into Walpole Township 20 years ago made it home and raised our children. I have never offered my thoughts or opinions to a newspaper before, but after attending the Port Dover and Nanticoke wind farm show and tell, I feel I have to.
We enjoy rural life. We don’t have city water or sewers, sidewalks or streetlights. Being able to sit out in the evening, listening to the bullfrogs and crickets whilst staring at the stars in the dark night sky, feeling sorry for the city folk that just don’t understand we’re not living out here because we’re poor and cannot afford to live in the city, we are here because we want to be.
I then read that some large corporation has decided that they want to make a lot of money by moving large wind turbines into this area and sell the electricity to the grid. This in the name of ‘renewable energy’ and we are supposed to be good corporate citizens and welcome them with open arms. Continue reading →
Co-authored by Dr. Robert McMurtry & Dr. Michael A. Nissenbaum
Studies commissioned by Wind Energy Associations containing paid for results should not be considered independent. No original research was conducted, based on review of the literature a clean bill of health has been awarded. It is a low order of scientific evidence. It has not been peer reviewed.
The evidence may also be of questionable veracity since the recent revelations of evidence of the altering of scientific papers by Hayes McKenzie(UK). Just this week it has been reported that these very noise issues were suppressed in the UK to enable wind turbines to be placed closer to human habitation. Continue reading →
Wind industry study says no health effects – but “omits” any mention of sleep disruption
A report issued by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) and the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) purports to assess all currently available research on the health effects associated with exposure to wind farm noise, and concludes that there are no such problems. The report centers on the symptoms of the reported “wind turbine syndrome,” and offers a robust critique of the idea that low frequency noise from wind farms can cause direct health impacts; meanwhile, however, the report minimizes the levels of annoyance and impacts on quality of life reported in other studies, and completely omits any assessment of the most widely reported health-related impact of living near wind farms, sleep disruption.
This weekend it was revealed that a report commissioned by a government department into the noise made by wind turbines and the effect on those who live near them had been quietly doctored……And what of the other reports into noise, effects on wildlife and so on? Were they streamlined, too?.
The authorities say it is impossible to quantify the level of fraud in public spending on wind energy because investigations are scattered across different countries among the regional and fiscal police. But critics say the available riches and patchy controls are luring a rogue’s gallery of corrupt politicians and entrepreneurs trying to literally create money out of thin air.
Civil servants have suppressed warnings that wind turbines can generate noise damaging people’s health for several square miles around.
The guidance from consultants indicated that the sound level permitted from spinning blades and gearboxes had been set so high — 43 decibels — that local people could be disturbed whenever the wind blew hard. The noise was also thought likely to disrupt sleep.
The report said the best way to protect locals was to cut the maximum permitted noise to 38 decibels, or 33 decibels if the machines created discernible “beating” noises as they spun.
It has now emerged that officials removed the warnings from the draft report in 2006 by Hayes McKenzie Partnership (HMP), the consultants. The final version made no mention of them.
It means that hundreds of turbines at wind farms in Britain have been allowed to generate much higher levels of noise, sparking protests from people living near them. Continue reading →
It seems that while scientists who accept funding from oil companies are branded as bought-and-paid-for shills, those financed by renewable energy interests remain unchallenged authorities in their fields. Words can’t adequately express my astonishment.
Amid the thousands of files apparently misappropriated from Britain’s Climate Research Unit (CRU) last week sit two documents on the subject of the unit’s funding. One is a spreadsheet (pdj_grant_since1990.xls) logging the various grants CRU chief PD Jones has received since 1990. Continue reading →
Natural gas will need to be burned in gas-fired power plants whether the demand on the grid is high or low and whether or not the wind is blowing. Gas is replacing coal, to be burned to provide base and intermediate load. It also provides load-following and back up to the wind generators because the nuclear plants cannot respond quickly enough, and stored water is a valuable commodity not to be wasted. Continue reading →
Normally, I don’t write about problems I encounter in getting information from government because I feel it’s too “inside baseball” for readers.
I’m making an exception because I think this incident illustrates the problems besieged opponents of industrial wind turbines living in communities across Ontario are encountering in getting straight answers from their own government. Continue reading →
The Ontario government’s multi-billion-dollar wind turbine deal with South Korean industrial giant Samsung Group is in jeopardy after a power play in Premier Dalton McGuinty’s cabinet, the Toronto Star has learned.
Sources say rival ministers opposed to Deputy Premier George Smitherman’s pet scheme, which they fear will mean “billions” of dollars in subsidies to Samsung, have convinced McGuinty to stall the landmark deal first reported in the Star on Sept. 27. Continue reading →
In the PR war over subsidies, the wind industry appears to be waging a dirty war.
When industries look for government subsidies for money-losing propositions, a common business model these days, one of the most important strategic elements is to make sure you have a well-oiled public relations machine to keep the facts from getting in the way. Voters don’t like to back money-losers, which means keeping them steadily misinformed or at least confused. Continue reading →
With all the letters and editorials this summer in the Watertown Daily Times regarding the Wolfe Island wind project, (at least two or three a week), it’s surprising that there has been so little about this subject in the Whig-Standard. Do the people of Kingston and area enjoy the new scenery with the flashing red lights, or do they care? Maybe those who care have just given up on the process. “They’re going to put them up anyway” has become the attitude.
One of the most beautiful areas of the North American continent has become the target for wind turbine projects put up by giant international corporations that, if they have their way, plan to fill the entire Great Lakes basin with these industrial parks. Continue reading →
SALT LAKE CITY – Neither of the companies that announced the transfer of development rights for a massive wind farm on Lake Erie owns those rights, Ontario authorities told The Associated Press on Thursday.
The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources disputed accounts offered the day before by a U.S. company, which said it had acquired and was selling the rights to operate giant wind turbines on the Canadian half of Lake Erie, and a Canadian company that said it was buying those rights.
Utah-based Wasatch Wind Inc. said it was transferring rights to a 4,400-megawatt “offshore wind prospect” to Canadian Hydro Developers Inc. of Calgary, Alberta.
Canadian Hydro, a publicly traded company, affirmed in a separate statement that it was acquiring those rights. The pact received widespread news coverage in Canada. Continue reading →
Wind reduces CO2 emissions at a subsidy cost of about $124 per tonne — one of the most expensive plans in the world
By Michael Trebilcock
Ontarians take note. A detailed new Danish study shatters most of the myths that the Danish-based wind turbine industry has been propagating in Canada and around the world as to the virtues of wind power. The study, Wind Energy: The Case of Denmark by the Centre for Policy Studies in Copenhagen, strongly reinforces reservations that I have noted in previous op-eds in this newspaper. Continue reading →
For a farm, or a rural property owner, to bear the cost of digging a new well, due to the imposition of a proven faulty technology, by a government or a company, for political-or taxpayer-subsidized gain, is unacceptable.
About 500 people jammed into the Manvers Community Centre last night for an emotional meeting on proposed wind turbines in the area.
City of Kawartha Lakes Ward 16 Coun. David Marsh said he held the town hall meeting to get clarification from the private company Energy Farming Ontario about its intention to build up to 30 turbines. Continue reading →
A special deal between the international electronics giant Samsung and the Ontario Premier’s Office may have been signed last week. The deal appears to contain elements that fundamentally undermine the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) and its Feed-In Tariff (FIT) process. Elements of the deal also appear to increase the degree of protectionism creeping into Ontario electricity policy.
Despite overwhelming worldwide evidence and hundreds of health impact statements from victims of wind turbine syndrome, the wind industry likes to tell people that “there is no peer-reviewed scientific evidence indicating wind turbines have an adverse impact on human health” (this statement is taken directly from actual applications for approval to build industrial wind turbines).
Health Canada disagrees. Furthermore, Health Canada provides specific references to these studies. Health Canada also identifies statements in these applications which they deem “misleading.”Continue reading →
UPDATE September 11, 2009: Carol Mitchell has been named Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. Mitchell will work in a stewardship role to provide overall direction and leadership for health care within the province.
My family doctor said, ‘Get out of that house or you’re going to die,'” said Wylds, adding that he now lives in Kincardine with his wife.
“I hope everyone in this room calls (Huron-Bruce MPP) Carol Mitchell who has been zero help to us,” said Glen Wylds.
Seems this time, he’s not taking any chances. A little birdie told us that today at 11 am (Thurs Sept 10), he will be doing a carefully staged photo-op and press conference for the grand opening of the environmental fiasco called the Wolfe Island Wind Project.
Attendance is by invitation only and only if he responds. Attendance is accessible only to the private club of proponent, company and government. Even the press require special clearance. The residents of Wolfe Island who must live under the shadow of these turbines are NOT invited.
Mr. Smitherman, how can you justify your policies when you must so carefully manipulate a simple Grand Opening?
Hush, hush now. We wouldn’t want any of the “public” to show up!
MANVERS TWP. – The possibility of wind farms is blowing into the city and it’s causing a big stir. Energy Farming Ontario Inc. held an open house last month in Pontypool that left one attendee with more questions than answers and a city councillor very frustrated. The meeting was, according to Ward 16 Coun. David Marsh, “despicable, deplorable. It’s unbelievable the province endorsed this.”
“They refused to answer questions,” he told The Lindsay Post. He noted that the province requires public open houses concerning wind farm proposals, but he said no one from the province was in attendance to oversee it. Continue reading →
(Ottawa, ON) – Energy Critic John Yakabuski (Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke MPP) said today that Dalton McGuinty and George Smitherman have clearly pulled a fast one on Ontario electricity customers. Yakabuski pointed out that the recent request by Hydro One for shocking rate increases is proof that Energy Minister Smitherman was not being honest when he repeatedly claimed that the “Green Energy Act” would only add 1% per year to your electricity bill.
“This is simply unacceptable. How can Dalton McGuinty and George Smitherman allow this to happen?” said Yakabuski. “Have they no regard for what people are going through these days? And worse yet, the McGuinty Liberals will rub salt into the wound when they add a further 8% to your bill with the implementation of the Harmonized Sales Tax on July 1, 2010.” Continue reading →