No such hoops for turbine builders

2014_06010098Peter Epp, London Free Press
[excerpt] Yet there is something else that is troubling about the authority’s [St. Clair Region Conservation Authority] response. How is it that this agency of the Ontario government can so zealously guard the environmental integrity of its watershed, and yet the same provincial government pays little heed to the consequences of its Green Energy program – even when that program takes in the same watershed?

Chatham-Kent is dotted with hundreds of wind turbines, and Lambton County is beginning to catch up, and most of these installations are located on farmland and built on foundations containing tons of concrete, concrete that will likely remain long after the turbines are gone.

It’s a curious paradox. Here we have a farmer who wants to grow corn on land formally used as a golf course, and he’s forced to walk a gauntlet of environmental red tape. But there is no such difficult path for the corporation that intends to build a wind turbine and leave behind a concrete legacy. Read article

7 thoughts on “No such hoops for turbine builders

  1. No, it doesn’t make any sense – but because “they” say it’s “green” and the environmentalist “Sierra Club” loves it — wind is perfect and gets a “pass” on most everything. We will someday find that we’ve sold our souls to the devil and wake up see the lousy landscape with rusting turbines – with the companies no where to be found or saying “well… give me more handouts — then I’ll fix”. And, we’ll wonder where the eagles have gone — and where are the bats? Then we’ll complain about the increase in insects and wonder why. We’ll see the empty homes of people who have had to abandon their homes and wonder why..
    Wind relies on government handouts to build and continue — unfortunately instead of spending money on cleaning up reliable production sources of energy they’d rather see “green” /or maybe it’s the wind companies getting the green — our Dollars.

  2. Until we thoroughly understand the origin of the Green Energy Act, who were the people behind it, how did they manage to over ride so many safeguards, we will not have answers for the sorts of questions raised in this article.
    We also need to understand who funds environmental groups and thus silences them when it comes to business ventures like industrial wind turbines.
    One can’t help but wonder about the ‘back room deals’ and ‘dirty politics’ behind all of this.

    • Pegasus
      Gideon Forman:
      Holds a Master’s in Philosophy form McGill Univ. and a Certificate in Environmental Energy from The University of Toronto.


      University of Toronto School of the Environment

      Renewable Energy Certificate Program
      Courses to be taken:
      CRE 400, Principles of Renewable Energy
      CRE 401, Biofuels
      Electives: Two of the three courses:
      CRE 402, Wind Energy
      CRE 403, Urban Energy Systems
      CRE 404, Solar Energy

      CRE 402, Wind Energy:
      One of the two required text books for this course is by Paul Gipe, pub.2004 >Distance Education>Programs> Renewable Energy> Renewable Energy Certificate Program

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