Last defence

amherst IslandThe Times, Rick Conroy
The channel that separates Amherst Island from Prince Edward County is scarcely two kilometres wide. The island itself is tiny—just 20 kilometres long and seven kilometres across at its widest point. It is likely that in some ancient past Prince Edward County and Amherst Island were connected.

Now these communities share a common threat—a threat to the birds that stopover on their way north and south. To the animals that live here and make this unique habitat their own. To a pastoral way of life. And to the very health and well-being of the folks who who call these island communities home.

Earlier this month, the Ontario Ministry of Environment (MOE) deemed complete an application by a company controlled by Algonquin Power to construct as many as 37 industrial wind turbines on this small and fragile island. Thirty seven turbines. Each soaring more than 400 feet into the air— blades sweeping the sky over a span of 10,000 square metres (equal to two acres of sky for each turbine). Read article

7 thoughts on “Last defence

  1. To convince the general public that IWTs are ok then at least the following are needed:
    Have influencial people in the medical profession on board.
    A noted engineering school to provide some kind of proof that IWTs do work.
    Environmental groups that believe that IWTs don’t harm wildlife and the environment.
    Convince people that renewable energy will provide good paying jobs and won’t cost much.
    All of the above are being presented to the public and it has been up to those who disagree with the government to show that these factors are not true.

  2. And don’t forget – it’s also necessary to – “confuse the public”

    ‘[excerpt] Queen’s Park Today
    Weekly Report on Ontario Legislature
    January 31, 2014’

    ‘[excerpt] Copyright (c) 2013 Queen’s Park Today’

    ‘[excerpt] Recent Lobbyist Registrations

    Client — Babcock & Wilcox Canada Ltd.
    Consultant — David Timm and Chris Benedetti
    Firm — Sussex Strategy Group
    Name or Description of Policy, Program or Decision:
    – Assessment of matters related to energy policy and procurement in
    Ontario, specifically related to nuclear servicing and decommissioning.
    Assessing matters related to manufacturing policy and incentives, as well
    as government support mechanisms, to businesses in Ontario.
    – Assessment of matters related to R&D (Research & Development) and
    innovation and business support services for new technologies, in
    particular related to nuclear technologies, products and services.

    Client — Capstone Infrastructure Corporation
    Consultant — Robyn Gray, Sarah Simmons and David Timm
    Firm — Sussex Strategy Group
    Name or Description of Policy, Program or Decision:
    – Matters related to the implementation of the Long Term Energy Plan; the
    Large Renewable Procurement process, and Renewable Energy Approval
    process connected with existing Feed-in Tariff wind power projects.

    Client — EDF – EN Canada Inc.
    Consultant — David Timm
    Firm — Sussex Strategy Group
    Name or Description of Policy, Program or Decision:
    – Matters related to the Long-Term Energy Plan and its implementation,
    including the design’

    Shocked? Disgusted?

  3. According to Sussex Strategy Group – what is really needed is – to “confuse the public”

    ‘[excerpt] Queen’s Park Today
    Weekly Report on the Ontario Legislature
    January 31, 2014’

    ‘[excerpt] Copyright (c) 2013 Queen’s Park Today’

    ‘[excerpt] Recent Lobbyist Registrations

    Client — Babcock & Wilcox Canada Ltd.
    Consultant — David Timm and Chris Benedetti
    Firm — Sussex Strategy Group
    Name or Description of Policy, Program or Decision:
    – Assessment of matters related to energy policy and procurement in
    Ontario, specifically related to nuclear servicing and decommissioning.
    Assessing matters related to manufacturing policy and incentives, as well
    as government support mechanisms, to businesses in Ontario.
    – Assessment of matters related to R&D (Research & Development) and
    innovation and business support services for new technologies, in
    particular related to nuclear technologies, products and services.

    Client — Capstone Infrastructure Corporation
    Consultant — Robyn Gray, Sarah Simmons and David Timm
    Firm — Sussex Strategy Group
    Name or Description of Policy, Program or Decision:
    – Matters related to the implementation of the Long Term Energy Plan; the
    Large Renewable Procurement process, and Renewable Energy Approval
    process connected with existing Feed-in Tariff wind power projects.

    Client — EDF – EN Canada Inc.
    Consultant — David Timm
    Firm — Sussex Strategy Group
    Name or Description of Policy, Program or Decision:
    – Matters related to the Long-Term Energy Plan and its implementation,
    including the design’

  4. Al Gore fans – and, let’s follow them?

    ‘[excerpt] The Prince Edward County Field Naturalists have funded this appeal with the generosity of many in this community and beyond. The bills, however, are accumulating faster than the donations. They need your help more than ever. They need and deserve the support of every group and individual offended by or at risk from the province’s heavy-handed Green Energy Act and the devastation it has wrought on rural Ontario.

    PECFN has produced a ray of hope to all those who have battled this terrible policy. Let us do what we can to ensure these champions have the resources to pay for this fight—and the ones to follow.’

    Please forward to the Ontario Trillium Foundation
    Memo: send money!

    ‘[excerpt] …..and the ones to follow.”
    Very creepy!

    Kabuki Theatre!

  5. sad that most of the provinces people still has no idea our ministries have all sold out our province and nature.

    I wish more people would wise up to the crimes underfoot. as for the school issues, it seems not one person or group at any level is looking out for our rural kids, they just get to be guinea pigs. they put a moratorium on the lake turbines due to fish concerns, so instead put the behemoths on land beside our childrens schools and homes!

    insanity.

    good story Rick

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