Well, this article had me nodding in agreement for the first half of it, until they got to the “main” reason rural residents oppose wind farms, which is supposedly because there’s no monetary benefit in it for them. *sigh* Here we go with that bullshit again.
I have yet to hear any of the people who have had to abandon their homes due to family members getting sick say, “Gee, if only we got a reduction on our hydro bill, then it would make the fact that we haven’t had a decent nights sleep in 2 years okay.” — DQ
John Michael McGrath — The Agenda — March 26, 2015
When it comes to wind power in Ontario, it seems the closer you live to the wind power production, the less likely you are to like it.
Rural Ontarians have turned their backs on the Liberal government that has championed a dramatic growth of wind-powered electricity since 2007. When the Liberals lost their majority in 2011, many of the seats they lost were in rural ridings that have seen the growth of wind power, places such as Chatham-Kent-Essex and Huron-Bruce.
Acrimony over wind power was not the only reason for those losses, but it was definitely a factor. Groups from Amherst Island to Niagara Region to West Grey and beyond are fighting wind projects. Some Ontario families have sued, alleging that wind turbines violate their rights under the Charter.
But urbanites keep voting the Liberals back in: hanging on to dozens of urban ridings allowed Dalton McGuinty to form a minority government in 2011 and Kathleen Wynne’s 2014 majority win was fueled in large part by racking up riding victories in the GTA and Ottawa region.
Are wind turbines a sign that the government is beholden to urban voters who are supporting an environmental agenda as long as they don’t have to bear the consequences? Continue reading here…..