Book to be released September 12, 2011
Ontario’s government has looked to “renewable” sources of energy such as wind and solar to create jobs in the wake of the failure of the auto sector. But at what price? Wind power generation is now being seen around the world as an expensive boondoggle, in which money is spent by the billions to create an unreliable, inefficient and expensive source of power.
What is the situation in Ontario? Why didn’t the lessons learned by Germany, Denmark and Spain get any attention? Why did Ontario, with its vast expanses of unused land, opt to put huge industrial power generation projects next to homes and communities?
“Urban Ontario, including city-bound journalists, are largely unaware of the corrosive effects some wind developments are having on communities, neighbourhoods, even families. This is expropriation without compensation.” –Tom Adams
With Ontario in debt more than $230 billion as of mid-2011, the provincial government is intent on establishing a “green economy” in which there are manufacturing jobs galore and the urban dwelling voters can take pride in renewable sources of power. But this comes at a cost: huge subsidies to often foreign-owned wind power developers using taxpayer and ratepayer dollars, and despoilment of Ontario’s rural countryside to the detriment of rural homeowners and communities. As Ontario gradually industrializes its communities, complaints of health effects from the huge industrial wind power complexes increase while property values decline.
Will wind power replace coal as a power source? No. Will it create jobs long-term? No. Is it even “green”? Most decidedly, not.
Dirty Business: the reality behind Ontario’s rush to wind power features authors such as Margaret Wente, Tom Adams, Parker Gallant, and Ross McKitrick who tell the tale of what is really going on in Ontario.
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