Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like the evil spirits at the dawn of day. - Thomas Jefferson
Conservative MPP Lisa Thompson presented a private member’s bill today in Toronto, calling for a moratorium on Industrial Wind turbine installations, until proper studies are done to determine the extent of harm done to people if they live too close to turbines.
As you probably know by now, it was voted down by the Liberals and the NDP. Not a huge surprise.
But what I found online today, upset me quite a bit. It was a letter sent out to Conservative MPP’s advising them not to vote for Lisa’s bill. It is SUCH a flagrant example of lies, half-truths and spin-doctoring, it almost makes you nauseous to read it. But I’m going to post it in it’s entirety, so that you can read for yourself, how the blatant lies used by wind proponents rage on. In fact, it’s hard to find one single sentence that isn’t full of lies and twisted truths.
They have no shame, no morals, no conscience. Lisa’s bill wasn’t asking for a permanent halt to wind energy. Just a “pause” until the matter has been thoroughly investigated. Next time such a bill is presented to parliament, we’ll have a better idea of the unconscionable forces we’re up against. You might also take note that the author of this egregious letter is the managing director of Mindscapes. A green energy company that stands to lose money if Lisa’s bill had passed. One of the services listed on their company website is “Design/install consulting for wind, solar, micro-hydro, geothermal, and biomass/biogas systems” As always….just follow the money
|DEAR FRIENDS IN PROVINCIAL OFFICE – CREW addresses URGENT need to take a stand against Private Member`s Bill for a Moratorium on WINDTo: MPPs E. Witmer, J. Milloy, M. Harris, and R. Leone:I am sure that you will all be well familiar with the Private Members Bill to be introduced by Progressive Conservative MPP Lisa Thompson (Huron-Bruce) on March 8th calling for a moratorium on wind energy development.I am writing today on behalf of the 1500 local participants in Community Renewable Energy Waterloo that live in your four ridings, who are interested and/or actively participating in renewable energy projects, including local wind projects, and who many times have spoken out about such issues.
I am also writing on behalf of my 12 staff who live among your four ridings, and most especially, I wish to speak personally, as a Conservative that has been repeatedly let down by my Provincial Party.I have met you each individually many times, and you each have earned my respect. I, and CREW’s 1500 local participants, and many other local non-Conservatives and disgruntled Conservatives alike are trusting you to represent our views.
This past provincial election was messy to speak mildly, more so than many others before it. Many surveys have repeatedly shown that the general public is consistently more than 80% in support of wind energy, and one pointed survey has even shown that more than 50% of PC party members are supportive of wind energy, including many members of CREW.
Our Province is in crisis. We have enormous debt and deficit, we need new energy generation, and we cannot afford more nuclear debt, nor the 10 year wait it would take to build new nuclear. More than a dozen other countries from Japan to Germany are closing down their nuclear plants, and many others are refusing to buy Canada’s reactor technology, which is based on certain design assumptions which even the Americans are rejecting as fundamentally unsafe. Instead of pouring endless effort into unwanted CANDU technology, we should be putting our world leading nuclear expertise into leading the new world’s decommissioning of nuclear. There are already a dozen countries we could export this skill to, at great profit to our economy, and more will come.
I am proud of Ontario’s global reputation for technical excellence and for engineering leadership. We once led the world’s nuclear industry. We have now received global recognition for our Green Belt legislation, and for our Green Energy and Green Economy Act. We could lead the world’s nuclear decommissioning industry. And we should be leading the world’s wind industry.
Wind energy is playing a major role in the renewal of Ontario’s electricity sector – helping to phase out coal – while building a cleaner, stronger and affordable energy system for all Ontarians.
I am proud that Ontario is Canada’s leader in wind energy development. By 2018, Ontario is expected to install more than 5,600 MW of new wind energy capacity, creating 80,000 person-years of employment, attracting $16.4 billion of private investments (with more than half of that staying in the province thanks to the Green Energy Act), and contributing more than $1.1 billion of revenue to municipalities over the 20-year lifespan of the projects.
Wind energy is globally seen as a preferred method of electricity generation from a human health perspective. The common complaints are anecdotal at best, and are often simply false. For example, those who complain about low frequency noise have clearly not read the science referenced in the aforementioned FAQ document: the low frequencies they complain about are the
The balance of medical and scientific literature- including a report by Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health and many statements from the Canadian Physicians for the Environment – concludes that sound from wind turbines does not have a direct impact on human health. Noise guidelines in Ontario are in place to protect the health and safety of residents. Ontario’s current 550m setback for wind turbines is among the most stringent in place in the world, and nearly 100,000 turbines are operating presently in Europe without any reported health concerns. The verdict is in, and no further research is required: there is no legitimate reason to consider a moratorium on wind.
Wind energy is clean and renewable. It does not emit smog or greenhouse gasses, has no toxic air or water emissions, consumes no water, and leaves no waste products. Wind energy projects deliver local investment, land lease payments, new high-value jobs, and economic growth to rural areas as well as a new source of taxes for municipalities.
I ask you who are Progressive Conservatives to be true to the mission and mandate of the PC Party: to progressively support emerging economic opportunities in the green energy markets in Ontario, and to pressure the present government to capture new global opportunities to lead the emerging world industry for decommissioning nuclear energy plants. As conservatives,
Lastly, and most importantly, I ask you as our representatives in the legislature to show your support for wind energy as a viable and important source of new clean electricity in Ontario, and to oppose MPP Lisa Thompson’s private members bill, which is neither progressive, nor conservative, nor based on science, nor anything else other than shallow
Minister Milloy, thank you for your ongoing support of renewable energy. I encourage you to take to heart the global opportunity looming over the decommissioning of nuclear plants, and to challenge your government to seize this opportunity by decommissioning Darlington, not refurbishing it. Ontario has other reactors currently in storage and ready for decommissioning: these should be the first in the world to be fully decommissioned, and represent a wonderful opportunity for Ontario to lead the world again.
Thank you for your consideration and I look forward to your response. On behalf of CREW, Mindscape, and myself, I would be pleased to meet with any of you to explore these topics more fully.