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Green energy becoming election storm 

Credit:  netnewsledger.com 18 August 2011 ~~

THUNDER BAY – The opposition to the McGuinty Government’s Green Energy efforts and the growth of wind farms is not going away. Wind Concerns Ontario has stepped up their opposition and launched a new website to share its concerns with Ontario voters.

Wind Concerns Ontario through it’s new website, WindyLeaks.com released a memo from Cameron Hall, a Senior Environmental Planner from the Ministry of the Environment that criticized Ontario’s 550 meter setback for Industrial Wind Turbines and the allowable noise discharge of 40 decibels. Hall cites field work undertaken that demonstrates wind turbine noise discharge is different than typical noise, resulting in adverse effects at lower decibel levels than other noise. He states turbines should not be allowed to cause more than 32 decibels of noise at the point of receptor (thus calling for a greater setback).

Windconcerns states in a media release, “The Ontario Liberals shameful lack of commitment to the truth appears to be deeply entrenched. In response to this Guelph MPP Liz Sandals stated incorrectly that the Ontario Liberals Green Energy Act regulations comply with World Health Organization noise guidelines. Jonathan Rose, an aide to Environment Minister John Wilkinson stated incorrectly that an Environmental Review Tribunal reviewed the noise limits and determined Ontario’s wind energy regulations to be safe. Neither statement is true”.

“In the midst of being caught with clear evidence that Ontario’s wind turbine regulations don’t protect human health, Ontario Liberal officials chose to lie about lying instead of using the opportunity to come clean and begin sorting out their mess” John Laforet said. “We will continue releasing documents that prove unequivocally this government knows there is a problem, but Ontario Liberal MPPs and staff have chosen to suppress information, instead of dealing with it.”

WindyLeaks.com has scheduled another release for Monday August 22nd at 8:00am and promises it “will continue daily postings of victims’ ignored pleas for help to the Ministry”.

Premier McGuinty states, “We’re moving forward together to become number one in North America when it comes to clean energy. Thanks to the hard work of Ontarians, that’s already happening. Ontario’s economy has turned the corner and we’re back on track. We can’t go backwards, now”.

Speaking on the province’s agreement with Siemens, McGuinty comments, “I think we all understand a couple of fundamental truths; one of those is that as the world economy grows and we seek more and more of an ever depleting supply of oil and gas (which Mother Nature took millions of years to produce for us), we know one thing for sure – that the price of oil and gas is going up. So, more and more the world is going to be looking for alternative sources of energy and in particular, they’re going to take a long, hard look at renewable technologies. What we want to do is be in a position here in Ontario to answer that question, to meet that demand.

“So far in Ontario, we’ve created about 20,000 new jobs in our clean energy sector. Our plan is to have 50,000 as this part of our economy continues to grow. I think it’s very hard for us not to have heard some of the stories about some of the challenges associated with the American economy and with the European Union at the same time, and there’s a question that Ontarians are asking today: “What do we need to do to grow stronger?” Well, if you take a look at the Green Energy Act, we’ve been on that for a few years now. We have found an opening. Our responsibility now, together as an economy and as a society, is to march boldly through that window of opportunity. Let’s be the best in North America”.

Source:  netnewsledger.com 18 August 2011

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