Often, when climate hysterics and global warming alarmists don’t like what I write — but don’t know what they’re talking about and thus have nothing intelligent to say in response — they come back with what they think is their knock-out punch.
It’s always words to the effect of: “I hope you’re happy getting your blood money from the oil companies, Mr. Goldstein. How can you look at yourself in the mirror every morning? Don’t you care about your grandchildren? What happened to journalistic integrity?” Continue reading →
On November 24, 2004, the McGuinty Liberals proudly announced the results of its Request for Proposals for 300 megawatts of renewable energy. With noise guidelines developed from the advice of the wind energy industry the McGuinty Liberals started their assault on rural Ontario families.
Soon emerged the first of many reports which described families suffering from adverse health effects related to wind turbine complexes.
What did the McGuinty Liberals do in response to these reports? The McGuinty Liberals ignored them and built more wind turbine complexes. Continue reading →
When readers were asked to submit nominations for these Rubber Duck Awards, Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty scored high. He deserves it. The list of nanny-state initiatives foisted upon Ontarians based on dubious science claims is long and growing.
The province’s new Green Energy Act, one of the more interventionist energy-regulatory regimes in North America, brings in massive subsidies for wind power and solar energy, new electricity pricing mechanisms and regulations that aim to turn the Ontario economy into a carbon-reduction powerhouse. Trouble is, the government produced not one page of scientific proof that the program will cut even one carbon of emissions. Continue reading →
About a half hour into the meeting, Ron Stevens called for the attention of the room and asked J.C. Pennie, chairman of Windrush Energy — the company behind the proposal, to answer questions posed by the public so that everyone could hear the answers.
Pennie turned down the request, noting such an approach at other meetings resulted in people yelling and throwing chairs.
People leave wind meeting frustrated Owen Sound Sun Times
Several people who attended a public meeting Tuesday about the Skyway Wind wind turbine project in southern Grey County said they came away frustrated.
“The meeting was ridiculous. A whole lot of people crowded in a small room and no place to sit and no presentation. You have to go up to somebody and ask them a question. I don’t think people are getting the answers they are looking for,” said Barbara Tupling, who lives in the study area at the corner of Grey County roads 9 and 124 and within sight of the proposed project. Continue reading →
Protestors stormed the floor of the Plateau Wind Project Public Open House held at the Feversham Community Centre Monday night, demanding answers from representatives of AIM PowerGen Corporation (AIM) concerning the effects of the plan to construct wind turbines in the Grey Highlands. Continue reading →
As the nation rushes to add renewable energy to its power portfolio, a growing chorus of homeowners and others are expressing concerns about how industrial wind projects are affecting health, safety, lifestyle and property values.
Green marketing campaigns typically show rows of industrial wind turbines in remote windy locales. However, wind projects are increasingly finding their way into rural residential areas. With investment tax credits and government mandates advocating for additional installations, more homeowners and property owners may soon find themselves facing a turbine project proposal. Continue reading →
“The wind people are feeling a little bit nervous tonight. They had three cops here. They were definitely nervous and you saw yourself when we asked them questions and they sort of disappeared and the meeting is going to be over early because of it,” said Anne Murray, who lives within 1.5 kilometres of a proposed turbine.
A public meeting about proposed wind turbines in Grey Highlands was briefly interrupted when a group of local landowners staged a protest and then began asking pointed questions of company officials.
AIM PowerGeneration, a wind energy development company that plans to build 18 wind turbines in Grey Highlands and nearby Melancthon Township, called Monday’s meeting to get public reaction to a visual impact assessment, which was required as part of the planning process for the project. Continue reading →
Wind power doesn’t reduce CO2 emissions, costs consumers more and kills jobs.
It is important to understand why the Danish government, which appears to have commissioned Mr. Pedersen’s comments, is sensitive to critiques of the Danish experience with wind power. Denmark is home to Vestas, the world’s largest wind turbine manufacturer, with 20,000 employees and a market share of between 20% and 25%. As the market for its turbines in Denmark and other European countries becomes saturated, it seeks to export the Danish experience worldwide. To this end, it recently ran a multi-million dollar global ad campaign with the slogan, “Believe in the wind,” claiming that Denmark has solved the problem of dirty electricity through wind power. Continue reading →
Dalton McGuinty says our electricity bills will rise only “minimally” with new green technologies. George Smitherman says it’s “about 1%” annually. Put this promise in perspective. Regular hydro billings just increased by another 4% over last November’s hike. The facts belie the obvious political sell job.
Everywhere in the world where wind power is utilized, the costs to users have risen dramatically. In Germany, through a scheme called “feed-in tariff” (sound familiar?) electricity bills went up 38% in one year (2007). Spain pays renewable energy suppliers up to 11 times more than those who produce conventional power. Denmark’s reliance on wind power translates into the highest electricity rates in Europe. The U.S. government subsidizes wind power at $23.34/MWh compared to natural gas generation (25 cents), coal (44 cents), hydro (67 cents) and nuclear ($1.59). Continue reading →
Years ago, Princeton economist Alan Blinder famously exhorted policy-makers to frame policy that was based on soft hearts and hard heads. The McGuinty government’s proposed foray into investments in wind generation upends this admonition by giving us policy that is soft-hearted – and soft-headed.
Why have you turned a deaf ear to thousands of Ontarians and labelled them NIMBY’s simply because they are asking for a chance to have their legitimate concerns heard? You once said in the Legislature that everyone should have “a fair voice in debates that affect them.” Apparently not when it conflicts with your views. Continue reading →
Mr. Liberal McGuinty is touring the province promoting the further weakening of legislative oversight through the Green Energy Act. The plot unfolds predictably. Profits are being made without the public receiving the benefits expected — not power, not a cleaner environment, and not improved public health. This is truly a scandal of massive proportions.
McGuinty and Smitherman will tell us what we can and can’t think about renewable energy
By LORRIE GOLDSTEIN, Toronto Sun
Few things are as alarming as politicians who don’t understand an issue suddenly deciding they do and then dictating to the rest of us how we will be permitted to respond.
Say hello to Premier Dalton McGuinty and his faithful pit bull, Energy Minister George Smitherman, as they bully and blunder their way across Ontario on the issue of renewable energy. Continue reading →
There are always unforeseen adverse consequences when a public figure refers to any section of the electorate using a trivializing, derogatory term. “NIMBY” is particularly offensive to the growing numbers of people across this province who oppose the government’s wind turbine policy.
By now you must be aware of the proliferation of public dissatisfaction you have directly provoked through this inept choice of words and, more particularly, the proposed aggressive legislation to remove public discussion and input into local planning from affected communities.
These objections come from conscientious and diligent citizens who believe it is their public duty to question misdirected government policy. They are not mindless luddites who are questioning the massive construction of industrial wind turbine facilities across our province simply because they “do not like them”. Continue reading →
The Green Energy Act (GEA) is a proposal from a coalition consisting of the David Suzuki Foundation, Ontario Sustainable Energy Association, Ivey Foundation, Pembina Institute, Community Power Fund, Environmental Defence, Ontario Federation of Agriculture and First Nations Energy Alliance.
Guildwood residents asked repeatedly about success of the Toronto Hydro Wind Turbine on the Exhibition grounds. Jack Simpson, Vice President of Generation repeatedly stated that the data as far as output was concerned at the Ex was ‘commercially sensitive’ and could not be shared. I now know why…. Read the entire article