The human cost of the Green Energy Act

criminal-justice-system-1372884734-8899Toronto Sun, Garth Manning
In 2009, the Ontario government, seeking to appear green, expropriated our property rights and democratic freedoms with its Green Energy Act (GEA). The GEA removed the power of municipal politicians to represent their constituents in green energy matters and imposed 550 meters as a regulated setback in an attempt to protect rural citizens from industrial wind developments.

Many governments also fell in line with the worldwide movement to appear green, led by wind energy developers. But not all governments had the good fortune of hearing firsthand from people already adversely impacted elsewhere by wind turbines near their homes, as was the case for Ontario. And yet the Ontario government proceeded.

Unlike the costly Ontario process of appealing a wind project, Alberta has a different approach. There, appeals to Environmental Review Tribunals are substantially subsidized by the developer. By order of the Alberta Utilities Commission, developers pay a portion of appellant costs in advance, according to need. In stark contrast, in Ontario, where turbines are much closer to rural neighbourhoods, each local or regional group must raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to cover all legal costs for each appeal and to challenge not only the wind company but also the Ontario environment ministry. Read article

9 thoughts on “The human cost of the Green Energy Act

  1. Readers need to forward these articles to the Provincial Party leaders and ask them to read the article and ask for a response from them on what they are doing to correct the problems created by the GEA.

  2. ‘[excerpt] In 2009, the Ontario government, seeking to appear green, expropriated our property rights and democratic freedoms with its Green Energy Act (GEA). The GEA removed the power of municipal politicians to represent their constituents in green energy matters…..’

    I recall a group of like minded municipal politicians – suggested they be removed –
    from making decisions on ‘green energy matters’ –
    and, the rest is whatever you think it is.

    Fast forward – Ms. Wynne – looked in her tool kit – and now municipal politicians
    have more power………….hahahahahahahahah

    I’m such an idiot – hahahahahahaha………….

  3. A comment that was seen elsewhere today…. (Probably another anti-wind site)

    These health impacts were noted on Oct. 17, 2013 when the Ontario government’s Research Chair for Renewable Energy Technologies and Health at the University of Waterloo reported a statistically significant correlation between proximity to industrial wind turbines and sleep deprivation, tinnitus and vertigo.

    It’s interesting that this site and this group is now quoting the U of Waterloo study as if it should be taken as gospel. This group and other groups dedicated to fighting (useless) wind power are clamoring that this study be “listened to”.

    Fair enough.

    However, it seems you want it both ways. You and others fought this study tooth and nail and recommended non-participation. Now you want to use the results to further “the cause”.

    Would it not now be reasonable to reverse your participation and recommend participation?

    The study simply did not have enough participants to be “conclusive” — even though the results are “suggestive”.

    Will you be making an official statement one way or the other.

    Do you intend to now support the study?

    Maybe it applies equally here.

    • And of course one sentence should read…

      Would it not now be reasonable to reverse your position and recommend participation?

      Just waiting for the hate mail now…

      • I won’t give hate mail. There is enough hate against this group from outside. Just look at the denial and complete lack of interest in the “mainstream” media.

        What we really need is creative ways to protest/fight this! Look at how much attention we got about the Leslie Spit Turbines. We need more of that!

  4. This is only one study which would have been shredded by the wind interests anyway. And what remains of this study will also be shredded for the same reasons.

  5. All Taubins needs to do is promise there won’t be any IWTs on the Leslie Street Spit and he can deliver on this promise as the Liberals want to stay in Power with NDP backing.

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