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Keep wind turbines away from homes, farms and people  

Credit:  www.orilliapacket.com 12 September 2011 ~~

Do you know where wind turbines can be built because of Premier Dalton McGuinty’s green plan? In residential backyards, like a lawn ornament, only they could be nearly as high as a 10-storey building with a blade on it that weighs about 155 kilograms.

That’s like having a couple of home refrigerators spinning around up there.

People perceive wind turbines as a safe, green way to produce hydro. Some have stated: “I’m helping save our planet,” but don’t forget the money made.

Schools can have them for the same reasons, but I’ve read also that schools like to use them as experiments and teaching tools. Local businesses could have even bigger, taller and heavier industrial type wind turbines, higher than a 15-storey building.

However, farmers and landowners are the real lucky ones. They get to have the really huge industrial wind turbines that are approaching as high as a 50-storey building with blades on them weighing around 40 tonnes or about the same as five school buses whirling around up there.

Yes, there could be some local rules or bylaws, but it seems that green has a big influence in changing them, or so I’ve read.

We’ve all now seen the damage in Goderich from wind that turns into a tornado and our hearts go out to the people there. Just thinking of what more might have happened in Goderich, had homes, schools and businesses been equipped with wind turbines totally unnerves me.

Wind turbines are not cute and fuzzy and warm; they are large and heavy and dangerous. Wind turbines don’t belong anywhere near people, not in backyards, not in towns, not out on the family farms metres away from the house and not near public roads or highways.

If they are going to build them, then they must be built in controlled industrial areas.

Safety must be first when it comes to wind. We don’t need any more stuff flying around.

Charley Urbanek, Port Elgin

Source:  www.orilliapacket.com 12 September 2011

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