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Reader: wind farm developments could still move forward in Meaford

As a regular reader of the Meaford Independent, I have noted two issues that had featured prominently, wind turbines and incinerators, have gone to the back-burner, if you pardon the expression. Lots of readers no doubt have had their fill of these, or they may think that they are now dead issues. Sadly nothing could be farther from the truth. The 26-turbine project in Sydenham and the garbage incinerator project are only asleep, just waiting for the Green Energy Act to breathe new life into them. It’s still bad news and Meaford Council is still in the thick of the problem. Let me explain.

The IPC Wind Energy Project in Sydenham is only waiting for an allocation of grid capacity to connect it to the wider grid. If this is built, or if the project is sold to a company with reserved capacity on the existing grid, things could be on the front burner in short order. To make matters worse, Meaford Municipal Council has refused to join the majority of rural municipalities in asking for a moratorium. No Meaford councillors attend the formal or informal meetings of Grey and Bruce elected representatives trying to get such a moratorium. This is very important as all over Ontario the wind-turbine blight will appear where it is made welcome.

Sadly, Meaford Council is doing just that.

To illustrate this, Chatham-Kent, where I used to live, and where the mayor appeared in full-page coloured ads advocating the wind-turbine invasion, is now faced with the prospect of some 450 or so 50-story wind-turbines all around it. That’s four times the number you see in Melancton, West of Shelburne along Highway 10. True, the land around Chatham is totally flat and not known for its idyllic beauty, but people do live there. Before the turbines are actually up, citizens seem asleep. When they are up, the good burghers will want to tar and feather that mayor, too late alas.

Now, if you still don’t think that turbines are a bad thing, think again. It’s not for nothing that the Ontario Federation of Agriculture has just changed its mind and called for a moratorium. In England, the National Trust, guardian of most protected lands, buildings and national treasures, with 4 million members, has just turned against the extensive wind-power program in that country. Readers polled by The Guardian agree with that decision by a majority of 70%. Just months ago public opinion in England had favoured the wind-energy program by similar numbers.

Why the change? Because there is absolutely nothing good about wind-turbines. They are very expensive,dangerous to health, very damaging to real estate values and, critically, absolutely useless in reducing the amount of CO2 put into the atmosphere. The list of prominent people who might have been expected to back wind-energy, and are now outspoken critics, is impressive.: James Lovelock ( Gaia hypothesis, father of the Green Movement ), Patrick Moore ( Greenpeace co-founder ), Matt Ridley ( prominent English zoologist and evolutionary biologist ), Fritz Vahrenholt ( professor, Minister of the Environment in Germany and ex-champion of the Green Movement there ).

So the end is approaching for this insane trillion-dollar boondoggle. Let’s not be the very last victims of this once-great-dream-turned-mistake-turned-hoax.

Andre Den Tandt, Owen Sound