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Green hypocrisy, thy name is Toronto  

Credit:  Orangeville Citizen | www.citizen.on.ca 26 July 2012 ~~

Several months ago, I started an online petition to ask that Industrial Wind turbines be placed along the GTA shoreline from Hamilton to Oshawa. There are several reason why this would make sense. a) The Greater Toronto Area is the biggest power glutton in the province b) They are the biggest advocates for the Green Energy Act c) the cost of transmission of the power would be greatly reduced, saving all of us some desperately needed money. But the biggest reason is because the rest of the Great Lakes shorelines have already done their fair share with thousands of industrial wind machines installed so far.

I emailed the petition and my idea to ALL major news sources in the province, from radio, to television, newspapers and magazines. It was no great surprise to me that the only ones who printed my idea were the small town and small city newspapers. Nary a mention or printing of my letter or idea by ONE single Toronto news outlet. Not a single one.

So I thought I’d try approaching some of the so-called environmental groups. Environmental Defence was number one on my list. It’s a Toronto based group that shouts loud and strong about it’s support of the Green Energy Act. I’ve emailed very polite letters and posted very polite comments on their site asking that they come out in support of my idea for wind turbines to be built along the GTA shoreline. No response whatsoever. And not only did they not respond, but they deleted my requests from their blogs. For a firm called “Environmental Defence” you’d think they’d be the first ones to stand up and help protect valuable farmland in Ontario, as well as our fragile ecosystems (Ostranders Point) and our world recognized biosphere (Bruce Peninsula) from the onslaught of industrial wind turbines, but no one with this group seems to really be concerned about “those” environmental issues. I guess if it means that they have to do it at their own expense (i.e. putting 480 foot wind machines down in their backyards), then they look the other way.

Some other groups who claim great concerns about our environment that I’ve contacted include: the CAW (Canadian Auto Workers), For Our Grandchildren, The Bridgeport Group (a heavy investor in green energy), All Liberal MPP’s from the GTA.

All of the above are Toronto-based. Again, not surprisingly I have not had a response from a single one.

When it comes to McGuinty’s wind energy policies, they fall strangely silent when asked to put their money where their mouths are. I have spoken directly to many people living in the GTA. Their standard reason for not signing the petition is based on this mind-boggling piece of nonsense…”There isn’t as much wind along the GTA shoreline as there is along the other Great Lakes.” (Let’s just skip over the glaringly obvious joke about plenty of wind down at Queen’s Park.) My comeback to that pathetic excuse is that someone needs to let all of those sailboats in the Toronto harbour know this stunning bit of news.

This is the worst kind of hypocrisy. The Green Hypocrisy. This is the kind of hypocrisy where people are so ‘devoted’ to their GEA cause, that they become angry and outraged in any debate over the issue. If you dare to say that rural Ontario is inundated enough with these industrial machines then you are immediately labelled a “nimby” … a traitor to the planet….you hate the earth, you hate nature and most of all, you hate our children and grandchildren because you’re not willing to do whatever it takes to save the planet. This is hardly the case. We just think that it’s time for the GTA to step up to the plate.

Perhaps rural Ontario wouldn’t feel as if they have been relegated to third class status, if the biggest energy hogs in the province took on their fair share of this green endeavour. YET, those exact same people who spew their vitriolic “nimby” accusations at you, are the first ones to run for cover when you ask them to put up or shut up. These are the Green Hypocrites.

Lori Griffin
Port Elgin

Source:  Orangeville Citizen | www.citizen.on.ca 26 July 2012

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