All over Ontario, and most anywhere else, the wind blows big or small, putting wind power in the political spotlight.
Windmills have been built or proposals exist to do just that.
Trout Creek, Powassan, Crystal Falls, Thunder Bay, near Sault Ste. Marie –the list goes on.
Windmills are also being built on Manitoulin Island.
The windmills are symbols of green energy and are supposed to save the world from pollution and global warming.
Unfortunately, an increasing number of honest folk yearn for a Don Quixote to protect them from the monsters.
Quixote was the famous, but fictional Spaniard, who attacked windmills with his lance, usually with disastrous results. The modern windmills are so huge they would almost certainly deter this gallant, if misguided, knight.
Wherever these windmills are erected, there are reports or allegations of strange health problems suffered by people living in the vicinity.
These are sufficiently serious and common to prompt federal health authorities to launch an investigation.
Both Nipissing-Timiskaming Conservative MP Jay Aspin and Nipissing Progressive Conservative MPP Vic Fedeli have urged windmill projects be halted until the feds have completed their investigation.
Aspin and Fedeli are both Tories and thus viewed with suspicion by the McGuinty mob.
For Premier Dalton McGuinty, windmills generating electricity are symbols of modernity and progressive thinking. Fedeli contends they are a fiscal fraud and a major reason for Ontario’s outrageous energy bills.
People in these areas – either resisting windmills or welcoming them – cannot be blamed for being cautious or even suspicious.
This new technology may cause health problems that doctors do not yet understand, or it may be that people cannot adjust to something that is both new and strange.
Halting the installation of new windmills until the health investigation is complete does not sound unreasonable.
Surely it is better to investigate now rather than try to repair damage later.
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