Farmers not sold on wind turbines, survey says

prime-farm-landFarmers Forum, Brandy Harrison
OTTAWA — While farmers are among the few who can directly benefit financially from hosting wind turbines, Eastern Ontario farmers are more likely to oppose than support them, a Farmers Forum survey shows.

In a random survey of 100 farmers at the Ottawa Valley Farm Show from March 11 to 13, nearly half — 48 per cent — disapproved of wind turbines. Another 29 per cent approved and the remaining 23 per cent said they were neutral. But positions on the issue weren’t always clear cut. Even when farmers threw their lot in with one side of the debate or the other, their reasoning was peppered with pros and cons.

It’s in stark contrast to a Farmers Forum survey of 50 Western Ontario farmers at the London Farm Show in early March, where 58 per cent were strongly opposed to wind turbines. Farmers opposed outnumbered those who approved by nearly three-to-one.

The number of turbines reveal the difference: Of the 67 wind projects representing more than 1,200 turbines province-wide, almost all the turbines dot the landscape of Western Ontario. Only two projects are in Eastern Ontario, an 86-turbine project on Wolfe Island, south of Kingston, and another 10 turbines near Brinston, south of Winchester, which were completed in January. Read article

4 thoughts on “Farmers not sold on wind turbines, survey says

  1. Taking the Country Backwards

    ‘Michael Hayden, the former director of both the CIA and the electronic spies at the National Security Agency […] concedes Putin acted “with consummate skill” in moving to absorb Crimea.

    “He acted with purpose, he acted with speed, and frankly took advantage of, you know — pick the word — gaps in American policy, pauses in American policies, uncertainties in American policy.”

    … is instead more like a 19th century Russian monarch — draining the public’s wealth, building lavish monuments, making his courtiers rich.

    He is the embodiment of Russian history,…’

  2. I guess that explains why there are no IWTs in Crimea.

    Or did you mean to compare Putin to Harper and Wynne – like a 19th century Russian monarch — draining the public’s wealth, building lavish monuments, making their courtiers rich… lol

    • The confusion of names starting with H:
      ‘[excerpt] Or did you mean to compare Putin to Harper and Wynne…]’

      Or did you mean……….[question mark]
      Correction:
      Putin, Hitler, and Wynne [question mark]

  3. Survey is a clear indication that people just don’t understand the IWT situation/issues at all.

    Have a relative who is an engineer and says that the result of this is that people will go back to using candles like they did over a hundred years ago. Electricity will be for those who can afford to supply their own.

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