Night Before Christmas: in rural Ontario

santa batsSarina Observer
‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the houses, All were concerned for health of children and spouses, Over the lands, turbines were rising without care, In hopes the municipalities would not challenge nor dare.

The children were nestled , all snug in their beds, When vibrations and noise were felt in their heads, And mamma with worry and I in my anger, We all became sick and clearly in danger.

When out of rural Ontario there arose such a clatter, We sprang from our homes to see what was the matter, It was the horrible Green Energy Act, With Liberals rudely ignoring the facts.

The moon on the breast of the new fallen snow, Gave the lustre of turbine flicker on the ground below, When, what to my wondering eyes should appear, Premier Wynne and the Liberals saying please have no fear.

With her party in trouble , she had to think quick, She knew in a moment it soon would be St. Hudak, More rapid than eagles, the Conservative ideas came, And he cried and he shouted “ the Liberals are to blame”

Oh, NOISE, oh WILDLIFE, oh COSTS and poor HEALTH, Oh lower PROPERTY VALUES, oh, the taxpayers have no wealth, To the top of the porch! To the top of the wall! Now turbines away, turbines away all!

As the blades spin before the birds as they fly, They drop to the ground with this obstacle in the sky

So up 500 feet, the turbines did climb,With the Wind Industry full of cash and taxpayers not a dime!

Ed Vanderaa, Plympton-Wyoming

14 thoughts on “Night Before Christmas: in rural Ontario

  1. Great Christmas Carol, Ed. Hopefully, by next year, we will be singing a better song!!! This scam is crumbling, and with a little more effort, we can expose the truth to everyone!!!

    • Haldimand:
      Next Era Summerhaven turbines feathered their blades until around 3pm on 22nd. The blades still spun. Capital Power Port Dover & Nanticoke finally shut theirs down for part of the day on 22nd (ie stationary/braked), but are now back on.

      Ice was dropping off the electrical lines yesterday and trees as the ice started to melt in the afternoon. Funny I didn’t want to stand near the turbines to check out the ice fall. So much for the turbines “shutting down” in icing conditions. Feathering of the blades doesn’t stop the pinwheeling. Surreal.

      • According to Sygration, Wolfe Island hasn’t produced energy since the 20th, Amaranth & Underwood since the 22nd. Ripley and Summerhaven have been off quite a bit as well.

  2. There is a person running a damage poll at Tom Adams website but if your power is off then you can’t report damage yet.
    Many of the needed power lines for renewables in Ontario can be taken out by just one storm.
    Hope the ice storm hit the right neighbourhoods in Toronto.

    • Barbara….. You mean by “the right neighbourhoods” perchance Kathleen’s domicile??

  3. Yes, plus other neighbourhoods where those who are pushing IWTs onto rural Ontarians live.
    The IWTs don’t have to go down. Just the powers lines will do.
    It’s supposed to get colder and the winds are going to pick up so more lines can go down. The ice isn’t going to melt until it warms up.

  4. The Star, Dec.22, 2013
    “Ice storm: Drizzle, winds could cause more damage as 300,000 across GTA still in the dark”
    http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2013/12/22/toronto_weather_250000_customers_without_power_as_gta_freezes_in_ice_storm.html
    250,000 is just the number of customers affected and not the number of people affected by the storm.
    When ice forms sheets on buildings this will come down when it warms up and sidewalks and even strees will have to be closed in tall buildings areas. Presents a very dangerous situation.

  5. On Amherst Island pretty much everything is covered with a thick coating of ice. We could even see the ice on the guy wires for the big anemometer tower towards the center of the island. Noticed that a number of the big wind farms, like Wolfe Island, show off line in ‘sygration’. How did they make out in this storm? I have mental visions of 150′ blades coated with ice — be nice to know the reality (but no time to go take a look myself). Would be a good demonstration of how suitable (or not) this stuff is. Do remember the project people discounting any issues with ice, of course.

  6. Bill Palmer did research on “ice throw” from wind turbines. I recall that he showed ice sheets could be hurled up to 1800 feet! Being hit with ice from that height would apparently be the same as being hit with a 3 hole cement block dropped on you from the sixth floor! I closed the Snow mobile trail that went through out farm for years due to this threat that could seriously harm or kill a person passing by on a snow mobile. A 50 story wind turbine is proposed right beside our fence line where the snowmobile trail was. I can not move the trail as that would do crop damage. ( winter wheat) The snow mobile club is very angry at me so I asked them to write to their MPP and the Ministry of the Environment. Unfortunately, smowmobilers just don’t understand the danger. Yes, they kept telling me of all their insurance but I hold that all the money in the world does not bring back a loved one that may have been decapitated by ice throw from a huge industrial size wind turbine.

  7. Please take photos of the ice on IWTs, solar panels, power lines, etc.
    the power lines are the Achilles-heel. If the power lines go down the system fails.
    This is why it is so stupid to build all of these renewable energy projects and connect all of this infrastructure with power lines in Ontario with the kinds of sever storms that occur here.

  8. When you look at a power system you need to know which parts of the system will fail and why. Where are the weakest parts in the system?

    Right now it’s very likey that power will not be restored for many until this weekend. Maybe this will wake up urbanites as to how important power lines and power sources are when it comes to storm issues.

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