A protest put on by local members of Wind Concerns Ontario drew hundreds of people from communities across Ontario in Toronto today to tell cities they need to join their fight against wind farms. [NWW note: WCO was only one of many participating groups and individuals and not the organizer of the demonstration.]
A few hundred protesters with signs decrying the health, financial and community impact of industrial wind power also called for the ouster of Premier Dalton McGuinty because of his green-energy policies.
We can tell you about 50-area residents made the trip down.
Listowell dairy farmer Ralph Coneybeare says the turbines make no financial sense, especially when the province could be making better use of cheaper power sources, such as hydroelectric.
He says turbines create tension between neighbours who want them and those who don’t.
Sherri Lange, of the group North American Platform Against Windpower, calls the feed-in-tariff program known as FIT “an obscenity” that will lead to higher electricity rates and drive businesses from the province.
McGuinty says recent changes to Ontario’s clean-energy plans should appease the critics, pointing to plans to lower premiums the province pays for future wind and solar energy projects.
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