Adam Prudhomme, Napanee Beaver March 12th, 2009
“All the money that has been spent in this municipality educating ourselves, listening to experts, coming up with our own summations, then to turn around and everything might just be carte blanche, is totally irresponsible on their part.”
Ontario’s new energy plan heavily subsidizes green energy projects at the expense of conservation
By Lawrence Solomon National Post
Ontario’s Green Energy Act should more accurately be called Ontario’s Gangreen Act.
No piece of legislation in memory will do more to simultaneously undermine Ontario’s economy and environment. This one act rolls back decades of environmental gains in the energy sphere and opens the door to a future of environmental outrages. Continue reading
So a final question on Ontario’s new Green Energy Act: What’s the definition of corruption?
By Terence Corcoran, Financial Post
This is our third day with Ontario’s new Green Energy Act (GEA), a likely model for similar policy moves across Canada. We begin with a brief look at the latest in green police-state thinking. It’s modelled on the war on tobacco and the war on drugs: the war on carbon.
Grant Robertson Guelph Mercury
It seems these days all manner of sins can be hidden by just throwing the label ‘green’ on it.
For those like the National Farmers Union that have fought for sound and sustainable environmental policies long before it was trendy, seeing the word ‘green’ co-opted is indeed troubling.
It is clear that this is precisely what the McGuinty government is up to with the so-called “Green” Energy Act. Continue reading
Posted By Don Crosby Owen Sound Sun Times
Concerns are being raised that the proposed provincial Green Energy Act threatens the authority of local municipal councils.
“Municipal powers are our checks and balances. Once they are removed for any reason you set a priority, you have lost your democratic right. This is not what the Green Energy Act should be about,” said Ron Stephens of Kincardine, who attended a public meeting in Markdale on Tuesday night about the province’s proposal. Continue reading
Posted: March 03, 2009, 7:49 PM by National Post Editor
Terence Corcoran, Green Energy Act
The main economic tool driving renewable energy under the Green Energy Act will be subsidies paid directly to producers of wind, solar and other renewables
In the midst of a major economic meltdown, and with looming budget deficits totaling more than $18-billion, now might not be the best time for the government of Ontario to be embarking on a crushing new green energy policy that could add billions to the province’s electricity costs. But Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty is nothing if not immune to the folly of his own righteous policies and the fiscal crisis he faces as a result. Continue reading
By JOHN SNOBELEN, Toronto Sun
NO NIMBYS ALLOWED
I like Smitherman but he almost crashed to the ground when he announced the Green Energy Act. Apparently the province has now clued into something called NIMBYism and they don’t like it. Not In Dalton’s Back Yard. People who don’t want the value of their homes to collapse because a wind farm is madly rotating down the street are apparently guilty of bad Karma, and Smitherman and McGuinty are not going to stand for it. Well sort of.
If your concern over a new wind farm is legitimate you are not engaging in NIMBYism. The government will let you know if your concerns are legitimate. What could be fairer? Namaste.
You are also not engaging in NIMBYism if your concern is about something not deemed to be politically correct.
The premier’s new green energy plan is just a badly planned distraction from Ontario’s worsening economic outlook
By Randall Denley, The Ottawa CitizenMarch 1, 2009
When a politician is in deep trouble, he typically seeks to create a distraction. Trouble doesn’t get much worse than the type that Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty is facing. Desperate to change the channel from continuing job losses and a ballooning provincial deficit, McGuinty this week championed the Green Energy Act. The premier immediately ran into heavy opposition from realtors and homeowners who think his mandatory energy audits are useless and from wind power skeptics who think the premier is overselling this minor energy source. By the end of the week, McGuinty had succeeded in creating a distraction, but probably not the type he wanted. Continue reading
Jim Coyle , Toronto Star
In some parts of Ontario, folks are understandably edgy about being trampled in the provincial government’s stampede to the brave new world of windmill power.
For them, the performance this week by the minister in charge of installing the twirling green giants can hardly have eased the mind.
Unhappily, George Smitherman has rarely seen a discussion he wouldn’t sooner turn into a brawl.
Property owners with wind turbines in their neighbourhood’s future have already been dismissed by the minister of energy and infrastructure (and the premier) as NIMBYs to be swept expeditiously aside. Continue reading
Please consider sending this email to the following provincial ministers and your local MPP. Encourage others to do the same.
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Cut from below and paste into your email:
Once again I am writing to express my displeasure with the McGuinty Liberal’s lack of compassion for the victims who are suffering from wind turbine adverse health effects.
I refer to the letter, attached below, addressed to Premier McGuinty composed by yet another Ontarian suffering from wind turbine exposure.
How many families will have to suffer before the McGunity Liberals and their business partners, the wind energy companies, take notice?
The families of the Ripley Wind Project have endured adverse health effects for more than a year.
Everyday more and more Ontarians are becoming aware of the McGuinty Government’s policy of placing wind turbines ahead of public health.
I demand to know what the McGuinty Liberals are going to do to stop the suffering. I await your prompt response to my demand.
Letter from a wind turbine complex victim
This is my third letter to you, our government’s top representative, regarding the serious health problems incurred and occurring to the residence within the Ripley Wind Project since the last week of November 2007. Continue reading
February 26, 2009
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty is nothing if not a visionary. He recently released a $2.2-million report, co-authored by intellectual glamourpuss Richard Florida, instructing us that the province’s salvation lies in becoming more “creative.” No specifics were supplied, but it sounded quite delightful. If only we can turn laid-off auto workers into art gallery owners, things will be swell! Continue reading
By Kenneth Green, Special to The Windsor Star February 23, 2009
Taking actions to raise the cost of energy using a fallacious job-creation approach and fallacious benefit claims will only exacerbate Ontario’s suffering in the ongoing world economic downturn.
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty has run afoul of two fallacies which plague governments with his new Green Energy Act. Continue reading
McGuinty and Smitherman will tell us what we can and can’t think about renewable energy
By LORRIE GOLDSTEIN, Toronto Sun
Few things are as alarming as politicians who don’t understand an issue suddenly deciding they do and then dictating to the rest of us how we will be permitted to respond.
Say hello to Premier Dalton McGuinty and his faithful pit bull, Energy Minister George Smitherman, as they bully and blunder their way across Ontario on the issue of renewable energy. Continue reading
Dear Mr. McGuinty;
There are always unforeseen adverse consequences when a public figure refers to any section of the electorate using a trivializing, derogatory term. “NIMBY” is particularly offensive to the growing numbers of people across this province who oppose the government’s wind turbine policy.
By now you must be aware of the proliferation of public dissatisfaction you have directly provoked through this inept choice of words and, more particularly, the proposed aggressive legislation to remove public discussion and input into local planning from affected communities.
These objections come from conscientious and diligent citizens who believe it is their public duty to question misdirected government policy. They are not mindless luddites who are questioning the massive construction of industrial wind turbine facilities across our province simply because they “do not like them”. Continue reading
Posted By Monte Sonnenberg, SIMCOE REFORMER
A clean energy project may be coming to a neighbourhood near you — whether you like it or not.
Speaking to the London Chamber of Commerce earlier this week, Premier Dalton McGuinty said new legislation — the Green Energy Act — will streamline the approval process for renewable energy projects. The province, McGuinty said, will no longer tolerate the “Not in my backyard” attitude that often accompanies necessary but unpopular projects. Continue reading
The Green Energy Act (GEA) is a proposal from a coalition consisting of the David Suzuki Foundation, Ontario Sustainable Energy Association, Ivey Foundation, Pembina Institute, Community Power Fund, Environmental Defence, Ontario Federation of Agriculture and First Nations Energy Alliance.
What is the driving influence behind it, and why? Read the entire article: Green Energy Act Is Flawed WCO
Source: Why Industrial Wind Power