by Kees Peeters
Wind turbine invasion – that is how it is felt. When the Kerwood Road area in West Williams was transferred from a quiet agricultural area, to a giant industrial park, with hundreds of trucks, dozers and cranes moving in and changing our farm community forever, a feeling of helplessness and frustration came over a lot of people, knowing things will never be the same again! All of this in the name of “green energy”.
I am not against green energy, on the contrary, but what is going on here, makes no economic sense. The cost is astronomical, which will be piled on top of our provincial deficit, which will have to be paid for by us, our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. What a legacy to leave behind!
So far, about 1800 turbines have been built in Ontario which produces 3 % of our energy consumption. Ontario long term energy plan predicts that over the next 18 years, another 5000 turbines will be built. This will cover only 9 % of our energy use, but it will take more than 50 % of our hydro bills to finance this!! 50 % will still come from nuclear reactors, 22% from hydroelectric, the most efficient of all, and the rest from gas, bio energy, solar and conservation. Show me where the logic is in wind power?
What can we do now? For us here in West Williams, not much! We will have to learn to live with this invasion, but it is not too late for other areas, where these wind factories are planned. Land owners can learn from us, educate themselves and outweigh the pros and cons. A few projects have been cancelled already. Farmers are starting to work together, realizing that strong communities are more important than financial gain for a few landowners. They start to realize that money cannot justify everything! Farmers are learning more about the consequences being: possible health problems, stray voltage, visual pollution, destroying of good farm land, frustration about drainage issues, loss of sole decision making on your own property and possible liability issues. Taking all these in consideration, why would anybody put his signature on a contract with these companies?
I would like to invite all the landowners, who are thinking about to sign up ,or already did sign up ,with these companies, to reconsider and come visit our area and see with your own eyes what is being done to our farm land. Talk to the farmers who did sign up. Lot of them would like to reconsider their decision, after they see what has been done to their farms!
Farming has been good to most of us and gives us all a good living, a home, where we can raise our families, places of our own, places where we can make our own decisions. Think about the future of your children. Lot of your parents, grandparents, or yourself came to Canada to fulfill their dreams to be farmers, independent farmers! Please, do not throw away these privileges over some “easy money”, promised by these companies.
We, farmers are not owners, but stewards of the land, which is given in loan by our Maker and this comes with responsibilities. We are farmers in the business of growing food and in the business of feeding people. Let us keep it that way!!
Resident of North Middlesex