Any opportunity is coveted

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Those opposed to two wind turbine projects in Lambton County believe their ability to adequately respond to the projects’ posting on the Ontario Environmental Registry is hampered because of the holiday season. Suncor Energy wants to build 46 wind turbines in Plympton-Wyoming. The public has until Jan. 19 to respond with comments to the Registry. Meanwhile, NextEra Canada’s is proposing a 92-turbine wind projects for Lambton Shores and Warwick Township. It’s also been posted on the Ontario Environmental Registry, and public comments are being accepted until Jan. 3.

But at least the time period they’re being allowed is more than what was permitted by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources almost a year ago when an eagle’s nest was removed to allow for the Summerhaven Wind Energy Centre in Haldimand County. In what had to be a deeply ironic moment for the MNR, the ministry approved the nest’s removal on New Year’s Eve – without allowing a syllable of public comment – and posted notice of the nest’s removal only a day before the deed was done on Jan. 5. Talk about a rush job.

The incident illustrated a few of the inconsistencies found with Ontario’s Green Energy Plan. For example, who would have thought that a nest for eagles – home to what is arguably one of the strongest natural symbols for a clean and green environment – would be so quickly and quietly tossed for the sake of a wind farm, itself ostensibly being developed to save the environment? Read article

8 thoughts on “Any opportunity is coveted

  1. The IWT developers now know they will not have to deal with any repercussions from Washington over eagle kills.
    The Migratory Bird Treaty has been effectively trashed in the U.S.

    • Don’t know enough about Kiernan.

      ‘[excerpt] Kiernan commented, “I am honored and excited to take on this role at such a critical time in our nation’s history. With wind energy building over 40 percent of new electrical generation in the U.S. last year, the massive public support for more renewable energy, and the recent extension of the Production Tax Credit (PTC) by Congress and the President, we have a unique opportunity to work together to make wind energy a more integral part of our national energy portfolio.”

      The PTC is an effective tool to keep electricity rates low and encourage development of proven renewable energy products. Equipped with the PTC (and an alternative Investment Tax Credit used by community and offshore developers), the U.S. industry has been able to lower the cost of American wind power by more than 90 percent since 1980. Wind energy now generates enough electricity for over 15 million American homes. It fosters economic development with wind farms or factories in all 50 states, and was responsible for $25 billion of private investment in the U.S. economy last year.

      “I look forward to working within the wind industry and with our many partners and supporters to craft a long-term strategy that creates healthy and consistent wind energy production in the United States,” Kiernan stated. “Implementing such a strategy will create jobs in our communities, strengthen our national economy, help address climate change, and diversify our energy portfolio with a low-cost source of power that will never run out.”

      Christie Todd Whitman, former New Jersey Governor and Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), commented on his appointment: “I have known Tom Kiernan for many years and know that he will be a great leader for AWEA. We will miss him at NPCA.”

      Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) also indicated his support: “Tom is a proven and passionate leader, and will be a great addition to AWEA.”

      And former Congressman Norm Dicks (D-WA) also commented: “Tom Kiernan has done an incredible job at NPCA, and I am confident he will do an even greater job with AWEA.”‘

      You could call him up – and, ask him – what’s up?
      Rob Portman (R-OH)
      338 Russell Senate Office Building
      Washington, DC 20510
      Phone: 202-224-3353

  2. The Mayor of Detroit only had a Cadillac to drive while the head of Toronto Hydro had a $127,000 Mercedes to drive!

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