Dirty secrets of the Ontario Liberals’ wind power scam: What you need to know from DownWind, the Sun News documentary
THE ONTARIO LIBERALS’ GREEN ENERGY ACT HAS DONE SERIOUS AND IRREVERSIBLE HARM TO PEOPLE, WILDLIFE, THE ENVIRONMENT
- Rural people in Ontario living in the midst of 50-storey-high industrial wind turbines have been badly hurt, even seriously and irreversibly harmed, with respect to mental and physical health and safety, property values (loss of 10-48% or even 100%), livelihood, way of life, community harmony. Some families have had to leave their homes on the advice of doctors.
- Farmers have noticed that wind turbines drive out earthworms due to electrical surge charges and vibrations. This reduces the quality of the soil. “Food production will go down.”
- The wind turbines’ 800-ton concrete bases, of which some of the material is toxic, go 50 feet down, far enough to hit aquifers.
- Livestock productivity, such as that of dairy cattle, is adversely affected.
- Birds are slaughtered by wind turbines.
THE LIBERALS HAVE PRESIDED OVER ABROGATION OF DEMOCRATIC RIGHTS AND BULLYING BY WIND COMPANIES
- “The provincial government wants these things and they’re going to come no matter what we do.”
- “(As high as) 140-50 storey buildings – you don’t even have that in Toronto. We’re talking 1,800 turbines up and down the shoreline (of Lake Huron), on some of the most productive farmland in all of Ontario. My God, what are you people thinking? Don’t tell us from your condo that the green thing is so great that we’re going to force it on you.”
- The Liberals’ Green Energy Act supersedes/overrides 21 pieces of legislation including the Clean Water Act, acts that protect the Niagara Escarpment and Oak Ridges Moraine, the Heritage Act.
- All Ontario government ministries have turned a deaf ear to complaints and concerns communicated to “every arm of the Ontario government when they asked for help. The wind companies do whatever they want.”
- The Liberals’ Green Energy Act strips municipalities of their planning powers. More than 80 communities have declared themselves to be unwilling hosts.
THE SYSTEM IS RIGGED AGAINST WIND TURBINE VICTIMS
- Wind turbines “are imposed on people and they are getting no choice. That begs the question of whether it’s Charter-compliant, whether it complies with constitutional principles to put these people through these things without being assured of a certain level of safety. No one should be subjected to a reasonable risk of harm.”
- There have been more than 20 Environmental Review Tribunal hearings of appeals and all of them were dismissed. One was allowed but appealed in Ontario Divisional Court where the wind developer prevailed. “The process they’ve created is so imbalanced and so weighted in favour of the wind turbine companies it’s as if they wrote the legislation. It’s embarrassing.”
LIBERALS GOT IN BED WITH GREEN NGOS, WIND INDUSTRY, BAY STREET LAWYERS TO WRITE THE GREEN ENERGY ACT
- “They all sat down and worked up the language they wanted in the legislation and built a campaign around it. You got the complete package: the PR side, the legislation drafting, the program to re-educate the public service, the whole momentum going, the Toronto Star editorial page cranking out a regular drumbeat – coal bad, wind good.”
WIND POWER IS FAR FROM CLEAN
- “When they talk about displacing coal-fire power plants in Ontario with wind, that’s not actually what happens. As they add wind capacity to the system, they are displacing nuclear and hydro and those are non-emitting sources. And you have to remember that whenever you see a wind turbine, there is a gas-fire power plant running in the background to balance out the load fluctuations. So it’s always a wind and gas combination. They’re replacing emissions-free hydro and nuclear with a combination of wind and gas and we’ll actually end up with higher emissions of pollution …”
- “So you’re paying for a wind turbine to turn, and you’re paying for a gas plant to idle. You’re paying double most of the time. It’s asinine.”
THE LIBERALS HAVE USED JUNK SCIENCE TO MISLEAD THE PUBLIC
- Air pollution levels in Ontario have declined steadily since 1974, but the Liberals claimed in 2009 when the Green Energy Act came into force that there was a rising air pollution crisis. “But they knew perfectly well that air pollution had been trending downward right across the board.”
- Most particulate matter emissions come not from coal power generation, as the Liberals claimed, but from construction, industry, agriculture, and most of all from dust from unpaved roads.
- “There’s no question that there’s been an effort to demonize coal.”
BILLIONS OF YOUR DOLLARS WASTED ON LIBERAL BOONDOGGLES
- Ontario electricity costs are the highest in North America as a result of the Liberals’ Green Energy Act.
- “Wind turbines don’t run on wind, they run on subsidies.”
- They replace power that costs 3-5 cents per kilowatt hour (kwh) with wind power that costs 13.5 cents per kwh to generate.
- “Nobody was building wind turbines in Ontario until the government started throwing money at it. It’s not cost effective. Wind turbines can’t compete on a wholesale market without a lot of government support.”
- Wind companies get 20-year contracts to sell wind power at far above market rates.
- “The system has to buy power whenever wind companies produce it” whereas standard power producers (nuclear, hydro) have to compete on the wholesale market.
- Ontario lost $1 billion selling excess power in 2013 to neighbouring jurisdictions – “How stupid is that?”
- The cost of the Green Energy Act to date is $4-5 billion, or 70 times the cost of retrofits recommended in 2005, to get equivalent environmental benefits. (Some estimates say the Green Energy Act costs so far are closer to $8 billion.)
- Before the Green Energy Act, Ontario had a few large power plants with the grid optimized to source the power. Now we have “tiny, little unreliable” wind facilities that required a new grid, putting an “extra cost to get something we already had – it increased the costs of having what you had before.”
- “There were far smarter ways of creating energy. If we had done nothing except put the most advanced scrubbers on our coal plants we would actually have had as clean air as we do today.”
THE LIBERALS FAILED TO PERFORM DUE DILIGENCE, OR UPHOLD THEIR FIDUCIARY DUTY
- The Liberal government has to date done no cost benefit analysis, and no health study.
- The much-anticipated Health Canada two-year, $2 million research study of the adverse health effects of wind turbines is due in December of this year. However, it will apparently not establish causation or have conclusive results.
- The 550-metre set-back for siting industrial wind turbines from homes, established by the Ontario government, is arbitrary and was not based on any research.
- In her current election campaign ads, Liberal leader Kathleen Wynne says she believes “government should be a force for good in people’s lives.” In her campaign she claims “I believe there is only one good reason to enter politics, and that is to help people,” yet the documentary showed her not to have had the basic decency to stop to listen when she was approached by industrial wind turbine victim Norma Schmidt.
FLAGRANT CONFLICT OF INTEREST – LIBERAL FRIENDS CASHING IN
- Mike Crawley, erstwhile president of the Ontario Liberal party, a former senior aide to former premier Dalton McGuinty, was at the same time CEO of a major wind developer that was proposing four or five projects in Ontario. In 2004 he was awarded a contract worth $475 million, in addition to others.
FEAR AND COWARDICE – INDUSTRY INSIDERS ARE AFRAID TO SPEAK OUT
- People in the system have not dared to speak out.
- “There were people in the power generation sector who understood that the government numbers were not correct and did not add up, but they were effectively muzzled. The people that work in the power sector know that this is a crazy system. These wind farms are displacing hydro-electricity, which is just a waste on every level. The hydro-electricity plants don’t generate any air pollution emissions. They give us reliable, predictable base load power and now we let (them) sit idle.”
- “So people who work in the sector, they can see what is going on and they know that this is a waste but for understandable reasons they are not about to make a big noise about it because they could lose their jobs if they do.”
- “Our electricity system, to the people that run it, has become a joke, and they dare not raise a finger to oppose it.”
- “The electricity industry professionals will see the wasted generation … and their response is ‘so long as we have a blank cheque to keep the lights on, it’s all good.’ “
There is much, much more to learn and be alarmed and outraged about in this documentary film, which runs 1 hour, 36 minutes and may be purchased for $9.99 and downloaded.
UPDATE: The full documentary Down Wind is now available on YouTube. Click here.
THE LIBERALS “HAVE GOT TOO MUCH INVESTED TO ADMIT THE ERROR”
In the upcoming Ontario election on June 12, any vote for the Liberals would appear to be one in favour of propping up a government that has proven itself to be working to enrich its cronies with the province’s treasure, not one that is interested in the welfare of the people it is mandated to serve, or in nurturing the economic health of the province.
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.
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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.
A group of politicians, MPPs from the Official Opposition, emerged from the Ontario Legislative Building at Queen’s Park on February 24 to address the protesters who were outside in the bitter cold demonstrating against the Liberal government’s massive proliferation of useless industrial wind factories in the Ontario landscape.
The Progressive Conservative MPPs made promises: “The failed industrial wind turbine experiment is going to come to an end.”
They should also have declared that the outsize, toxic, and undemocratic influence on government policy wielded by unelected, unaccountable extreme-“green”, activist NGOs whose rationale for their demands, namely a phoney planetary emergency based on the hoax of man-made global warming, which led to the poisonous Green Energy Act and its thousands of destructive industrial wind turbines, must end!
In the video below, Lisa Thompson, MPP (Huron-Bruce), Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario, Critic-Green Energy Act, told the protesters not to give up:
This week the country has come to the city. Most importantly, you’re not giving up. We can’t stop. We understand that the crazy subsidies that have been awarded to wind and solar are bankrupting all of us.
My question today specifically to the Premier was, for goodness sakes, admit to your corporate corruption mistakes. And I outlined to her that they’ve turned their back on their very own $1.5 million health study facilitated by the University of Waterloo. They take to court municipalities who are standing up for you guys. Wind companies who break the rules conveniently see the government turn their back to those rules that are broken. And last but not least, to add more insult to injury, is what happened last week: surprise, surprise the government appeals itself and the ERT ruling on the Blanding’s turtle was found to have errors in it. I ask you not to stop!
Lisa McLeod, MPP (Nepean-Carleton), Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario, Critic-Energy, vowed to fight for “locally-based decision-making”:
Disastrous Green Energy Act policy…In my community of Ottawa, I have the beautiful village of North Gore. North Gore today is going to be under assault by wind turbines because our Minister of Energy who has the riding next door to mine will not allow the people I represent to have a say on the land that they live on. And I can tell you that I will continue to fight on behalf of all of you in order to ensure locally-based decision-making.
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In the video below, Tim Hudak, MPP (Niagara West-Glanbrook), Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario, Leader of the Official Opposition promised to end “the failed industrial wind turbine experiment” if elected:
It’s not just us that get this. There are people right across Ontario that say this policy is bankrupt, that it has taken our province into the red, that it is dividing communities right down the middle, that it has no purpose.
We just raised this in Question Period today and we made it absolutely clear, as I’ve done time and time again: under a PC government the failed industrial wind turbine experiment is going to come to an end.
And I believe people should make local decisions. And in West Lincoln they put in five industrial turbines and four actually break the government’s own laws. I just raised this with Kathleen Wynne. Doesn’t it make sense that when you broke the law on a setback, you’d have to fix it? If they don’t fit the law, pull ’em out!
I don’t know what the NDP think is acceptable – putting 500 feet tall wind turbines in people’s backyards? We’ve got to get energy costs under control…stop industrial wind turbines.
I know what you’re going through. I’ve seen what is happening to communities across the province. It is going to come to an end under a PC government, let me be perfectly clear about that. The forced industrial wind turbines in our province, they are going to come to an end. It’s a matter of time. We’ll give you your say back, folks.
Rick Nicholls, MPP (Chatham-Kent-Essex), Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario:
I’ll go on record saying that Chatham-Kent is not a willing host but you have to convince our council about that. Five hundred turbines are there right now and they continue to put them up there, much to my chagrin. We know the effects they have on health, autistic children with schools nearby, property devaluation, energy costs. I’m fighting for eight wind turbines to be taken down around the Chatham airport and that will be a precedent-setting experience.
Bob Bailey, MPP (Sarnia-Lambton), Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario, Critic-Natural Resources:
We’ve got two great groups down there that are fighting wind turbines, Plympton-Wyoming taking a strong stance and also Enniskillen Township – I wish we’d had that kind of leadership a few years ago, maybe we wouldn’t have got this far along.
Laurie Scott, MPP (Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock), Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario, Critic-Tourism & Culture:
I want to thank you for loading buses yet again, coming down in the cold, protesting again. You have to keep it up, we’re there with you. We had lots of questions in the Legislature today and the usual happened – you didn’t get any answers. Mine specifically was how could you turn your back on the Oak Ridges Moraine protection? Keep fighting, I know it’s cold. But stamp your feet and yell a lot!