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Why So Many Rural Ontarians Can’t Stand Wind Power (The Agenda)

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

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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…..

Courtesy of Wind Victims Ontario

Courtesy of Wind Victims Ontario

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3 Comments on “Why So Many Rural Ontarians Can’t Stand Wind Power (The Agenda)”

  1. andreasmarciniak March 28, 2015 at 4:54 am #

    Reblogged this on ajmarciniak.

  2. ruralgrubby March 30, 2015 at 2:28 pm #

    If $$$ compensation is the answer to residents hating Industrial wind turbines near their homes, than show me the money!!

  3. Sommer April 10, 2015 at 5:39 pm #

    It’s clear that the next strategy for the wind industry, now that they realize how strong the opposition is, is to try to form cooperative agreements with communities. The example of Scotland was used as a success story and yet if you research the opposition in Scotland you’ll see for yourself that they don’t want their countryside ruined either.

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