This year, starting in mid-March, thousands of migrating Tundra Swans stopped at the Thedford Bog (a designated Important Bird Area) near Grand Bend, Ontario on Lake Huron and stayed for 13 days. This was some ten days short of their average stay of 23 days over the last 13 years, according to the Lambton Heritage Museum’s statistics (click on “Swan Migration/Discover More”). The Thedford Bog is an important staging area on their annual 6000 km round trip migration to the western Arctic from the eastern USA.
The reasons for their shorter stay could be manifold, but the question has to be asked: does some of it have to do with the fact that the resting and feeding swans are now effectively surrounded by industrial wind turbines on three sides, disturbing their rest and search for food?
NextEra’s Goshen industrial wind turbines are thankfully not located directly on the swans’ resting spots, but are close enough and could pose problems for the birds as they fly to the corn stubble fields in the wider area to feed. We know that the lethal blades of wind turbines butcher millions of birds and bats annually worldwide (insects too). But if NextEra’s wind turbines slaughter Tundra Swans or Bald Eagles, the company and all Ontario wind facilities get a free pass, even for endangered species. Under Ontario law, the wind industry suffers no consequences if it “kills, harms or harasses a member of a species that is listed on the Species at Risk in Ontario List as an endangered or threatened species, or damages or destroys the habitat of such a species…”
It is dispiriting driving on the Bluewater Highway (King’s Highway 21), which runs through one picturesque coastal community after another, along most of the entire length of the eastern shoreline of Lake Huron, for roughly 192 km from the Lambton Shores in the south to Southampton in the north until it turns east and inland to cross the Bruce Peninsula. Almost the entire way along the lake, drivers face a bristling phalanx of industrial wind turbine installations, kilometre after kilometre, despoiling the beautiful pastoral and shoreline landscape.
It hurts all the more when you know that industrial wind turbines have absolutely no redeeming value except for their subsidy-dependent, usually foreign, owners. They are dangerous, useless, ungreen, and both economically and environmentally destructive. The only saving grace is that the wind turbines along Lake Huron have not been situated between the highway and the lake. But that makes no difference when you look east or, for example, gaze northwest from the wonderful beaches at Grand Bend from where they ruin the view. Coastal beauty vistas, with huge tourist potential, ruthlessly despoiled for the fake planetary emergency of manmade climate change, the rationale for so-called green energy schemes such as the monstrously ineffectual industrial wind turbines.
How did this happen? The scourge of industrial wind turbines has been inflicted on Ontario, including the breathtaking Lake Huron shoreline, because of the massive UN-led deliberate scientific deception that the carbon dioxide produced by man’s use of fossil fuels is a demon gas that will overheat the earth and kill us all. Actually, carbon dioxide, i.e. CO2, is a non-polluting trace gas that you cannot smell or see, without which there would be no life on earth. The manmade global warming/manmade climate change $1.5 trillion industrial complex is driven by a pernicious anti-human political ideology, with not one whit of care for the environment or the scientific method.
The UN’s malign objective behind this deception is a bid for unelected, unaccountable global governance, the abrogation of national sovereignty, of democratic freedoms, and of property rights, and anti-human plans for de-industrialization and wealth re-distribution (as detailed in the UN’s Agenda 21, the Millennium Project, Agenda 2030). Many of Canada’s governments at various levels, including the current “climate action”-obsessed federal Trudeau regime, have fallen in line and imposed economically-ruinous “green” policies and taxation schemes in order to obey the UN’s diktats.
It is beyond tragic.
We have a crisis, folks, all around London, and it’s getting almost no attention by the politicians, and quite frankly, by the media. (Andy Oudman, CJBK London)
As the skeptics all too painfully know, most of the mainstream media, including public broadcasters like the CBC and TVO, seem to be acting as enthusiastic trumpet blowers for every dire prognostication of doom and gloom made by the UN’s dishonest, disgraceful IPCC on the subject of man-made global warming/climate change.
Climate change as a planetary emergency has been the rationale for the deployment of useless and highly destructive “green” energy alternatives, such as industrial wind turbines. The media have been playing a crucial role in maintaining the fiction, spreading misinformation, giving only one side of the story, essentially propagandizing, and failing to dig deep with journalistic integrity to uncover the big picture.
Rarely will you see or hear learned, educated skeptics, of which there are plenty, invited as guests on any radio or television programs to present their views on the subject of man-made global warming, climate change, industrial wind turbines, or Ontario’s green energy fiasco. A few of the media are the exception proving the rule: the National Post, Financial Post, and Goldhawk Fights Back come to mind as having addressed some of these topics in a non-biased manner.
Today was a great day. A London, Ontario radio station, CJBK, on its program London Today With Andy Oudman, spent most of the morning interviewing people about the ominous social unrest in Southern Ontario caused by the massive proliferation of industrial wind turbine projects. These factories cover huge swaths of prime farmland. The invasion of the towering machines has been aided and abetted by the democracy-robbing Green Energy Act and the heartless see-hear-speak-no-evil attitude of the Ontario Liberal government. The people who live there and who have had to suffer the devastating social and personal consequences, with more to come, have struggled to make their voices heard.
It’s compelling listening:
Voices from the Thedford Bog (Part 3): “It’s just shocking! The Liberal government is destroying Ontario!”
I can’t see it not affecting tourism. It’s going to affect the residents, it’s going to affect the businesses. I know I don’t want to be in this community anymore, and I just dread what it’s going to look like.
Most people in Ontario’s urban centres, or even those living in small towns, or rural settings where there are no industrial wind turbines, probably have no idea. They may never have heard the stories of rural residents who are having to cope, through no choice of their own, with life in the midst of an industrial wind plant forced on their community, one that has ruined their rural way of life, that has disrupted their communities, livelihoods, health, wildlife, and their environment.
The suffering and sacrifice might at least mean something if there were any common good to be found in the Ontario Liberal government’s deployment of industrial wind turbines invading the landscape, but such is demonstrably not the case, in fact, quite the opposite. The industrial wind turbines are utterly useless, and extremely destructive. The people, communities, wildlife, the environment and the economy are being severely damaged, and yet the government is tone deaf, dumb and wilfully blind. It continues to use the punishing Green Energy Act, and the toothless Environmental Review Tribunal to ram its fatally-flawed, fake-green alternative energy program down the throats of the people of Ontario.
*Most of the mainstream media are blinded by the UN’s IPCC/Al Gore/David Suzuki-driven fake-green, phoney-planetary-emergency-of-climate change agenda (the rationale for industrial wind turbines), or even shamelessly act as chief propagandists for it, our national broadcaster CBC included. In Ontario, they are missing the unfolding real, big-picture tragedy, of which the gas plant scandal is just one part of a much more massive and costlier catastrophe.
The Ontario Liberals have handed out lucrative permits giving wind companies unprecedented rights to industrialize vast swaths of the Ontario countryside in the absence of any cost benefit analysis or human health studies, and with environmental assessments and turbine-caused bird and bat death monitoring conducted by the wind companies themselves. Ontario now has the most expensive electricity costs in North America, while it is at the same time giving away or selling excess power at a loss.
How much longer are Ontarians going to endure this utterly insane, socially and financially ruinous situation?
Muriel Blair lives in the area of Middlesex-Lambton counties and joined industrial wind turbine protesters at the Thedford Bog near Grand Bend, Lake Huron, on Sunday, April 6, 2014:
I’m concerned about the health issues with the cumulative effect of the hundreds of wind turbines. It is going to be pretty substantial for the residents of my community. We’re going to be surrounded by a NextEra project, a couple of Suncor projects, and a couple more NextEra projects going towards the lake. So this whole community is going to be one huge wind turbine, industrial area.
And I’m also concerned about the wildlife. Currently there is an eagle’s nest that is active in the Bornish wind project. It is now a little over 800 metres from the substation that they’ve built, and the MInistry of the Environment has been monitoring it and they have confirmed that the eagles have nested in it. But what they’re planning on doing is running transmission lines into the protected area of the eagle. So that is definitely going to affect the eagle.
But I also worry…I mean, this beautiful area here, where we have this fantastic migration area for these swans…I don’t know…these swans are not going to be coming back, they are not going to be coming back. There are going to be too many wind turbines. So it’s a big concern.
And can you imagine how tourists are going to want to come and spend their money and their time here when it’s surrounded by industrial wind turbines? And even today, early April, late March, this is tourism because the people coming to see the swans are coming from all over. They come from the States, they come from Toronto. You know, they flock here. And do they spend their money here? Yes! I don’t think this is going to be here when the wind turbines are up and operating.
CLICK ON IMAGE TO PLAY VIDEO (some wind noise)
It’s just shocking, is just shocking. The Liberal government is destroying rural Ontario! Not to mention our Hydro. Our Hydro system is just going down the tubes, when residents are paying 45% more for their Hydro, thanks to the Green Energy Act. And the subsidies that are being paid to these multinational corporations that aren’t even Canadian! It’s crazy! I think that the sooner we get rid of the Liberal government, the better.
They want the residents of rural Ontario to be shipped into the cities and the farms taken over by corporations, and the corporations do the farming. Then they can put all the industry they want next to the farms and they don’t have to worry about people. And everybody is in an urban centre. I really believe that’s what their long-term goal is. Because there’s so much to offer out here and I don’t think they’re going to stop at the wind turbines. I think once they have control of that land they are going to start frakking. Because they’re already talking about natural gas prices going up and how they are running out of natural gas because we have had such a cold winter. So I really believe that is the next thing that rural Ontario is going to see.
If history is anything to judge by, mainstream media reports will overflow with misinformation written by two kinds of people: reporters relatively new to the topic who don’t have the first clue how the IPCC actually functions – or ‘environmental journalists’ who are fundamentally confused about what their job is.
A journalist’s first loyalty is supposed to be the public interest. Ensuring that the public is informed about the shortcomings and limitations of powerful organizations is what journalists are supposed to do. Instead, we’re now plagued by “environment correspondents” who think their primary purpose is saving the planet.
Those people have long parroted the IPCC’s rose-coloured view of itself. They haven’t conducted the most basic fact-checking. They haven’t asked the most rudimentary questions. As Australian writer Joanne Nova is fond of saying, the opposite of skeptical is gullible and the world now has no shortage of that kind of journalist.
Protesters joined the remaining migrating tundra swans at the Thedford Bog near Grand Bend, Lake Huron, on Sunday, April 6, 2014, to condemn plans to build a bristling barrier of industrial wind turbines in what is a designated Important Bird Area. Every March some 10-15,000 tundra swans stop at the Thedford Bog and environs to rest and feed before continuing on their migration to the western Arctic.
Waterfowl scientist Dr. Scott Petrie told CBC News in 2012:
By putting the turbines in inappropriate places, it actually is tantamount to habitat loss. You wouldn’t put an office tower next to a coastal wetland, why would you put a wind turbine there?
Monte McNaughton, Progressive Conservative Member of the Provincial Parliament of Ontario (MPP) for Lambton-Kent-Middlesex, reminded the protesters that his party’s leader, Tim Hudak, has promised, if elected, to repeal the Green Energy Act, the draconian legislation that has given unprecedented rights to industrial wind turbines over people, communities and wildlife. The Green Energy Act was enacted in 2009 in part as a response to the fake planetary emergency of man-made global warming/climate change.
CLICK ON IMAGE TO PLAY VIDEO (some wind noise)
The Dalton McGuinty and Kathleen Wynne Liberal governments have allowed the Ontario landscape to be despoiled and blighted by thousands of useless industrial wind turbines. The machines, towering as high as 50-storey buildings, built on a foundation that requires 800 tons of concrete each that will remain in the ground of prime farmland forever, have been erected in the absence of any cost-benefit analysis or human health studies, and accorded special rights by the Liberal government with its elimination of environmental restrictions inconvenient to wind companies.
Premier Kathleen Wynne has promised to build thousands more of the extortionate-to-taxpayers, destructive, un-green industrial monstrosities.
Tundra swans stopping to rest and feed near Grand Bend, Ontario may face a phalanx of industrial wind turbines on their traditional migration habitat next March if the proposed Goshen Wind Energy Centre receives approval from the Ontario Ministry of the Environment. This proposal falls under a regulation of the Environmental Protection Act.
In the 2011 video above, tundra swans feed on a corn stubble field located north of Greenway Road, east of Parkhill Creek, part of the area proposed for an industrial wind turbine factory.
That this proposal is being given any Ministry consideration begs the question: where is the environmental protection for one of Ontario’s most unique spectacles in nature when every March up to 15,000 tundra swans stop in the Grand Bend area to rest, feed and stage in preparation for continuing their epic journey to the western Arctic?
If the Goshen project receives approval, how will the swans manage to evade being sliced in two by the hundreds of gigantic wind turbines that would surround the bog where they rest, and that would dot the agricultural fields over which the birds must fly, land on and take off from in search of food? Would the proposed wind factory completely disrupt and destroy their traditional migration habitat? Would that be an acceptable price to pay for this so-called “green” renewable energy? Since we already know that wind energy is not green, not sustainable, and not useful, the Goshen proposal would appear to be doubly deplorable.
The public is invited to review and comment on the proposal. The Ministry’s website states:
This proposal has been posted for a 45 day public review and comment period starting June 26, 2013. If you have any questions, or would like to submit your comments, please do so by August 10, 2013 to the individual listed under “Contact”. Additionally, you may submit your comments on-line. All comments received prior to August 10, 2013 will be considered as part of the decision-making process by the Ministry of the Environment if they are submitted in writing or electronically using the form provided in this notice and reference EBR Registry number 011-9473.
For the option to submit a comment to the Ministry online, click here. The individual listed under “Contact” mentioned above is: Kristina Rudzki, Senior Project Evaluator, Ministry of the Environment, Operations Division, Environmental Approvals Branch, 2 St. Clair Avenue West, Floor 12A, Toronto Ontario M4V 1L5 , Phone: (416) 314-6802 , Toll Free Phone: (800) 461-6290.