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Turbines far from green  

Credit:  Grimsby Lincoln News | August 12, 2013 | www.niagarathisweek.com ~~

At the Aug. 1 regional council meeting I attended Mr. Tom Rankin was heard in a loud angry voice giving the entire council gallery the label of NIMBYs. Of course he did not include himself even though they are not being built in his backyard.

Rankin continued spewing out his displeasure that council had the audacity to vote in favour of Wainfleet and West Lincoln declaring themselves unwilling hosts to wind turbines in their municipalities. A grateful thank you goes to those councillors who had that courage to recognize that Canada is a democracy.

There has been a back and forth argument whether wind turbines do cause serious health issues. But, on the other hand, gravely speaking why would people be leaving their beloved homes that they worked a lifetime for? Leaving their highest investment of their lifetime? The documented cases were not happy planned moves; on the contrary they all claimed they were ones they say were forced by illness caused by wind turbines.

To date the bottom line is nobody has proved it 100 per cent either way. When it comes to my health, family’s or friends’, I do not want to leave it to a developer to call the shots on the most precious commodity we as humans have.

Wind turbines are being pushed through with not enough thorough research. Why? Just think of the cost to everyone if the developers are wrong!

Wind turbines are land suckers using up to three acres because they need to be accessed and maintained. Just locating them takes tons of fossil fuels. They rob agricultural lands and upset systems.

People filling the gallery were not there for a good time, they were simply there because they have done their homework and they are frightened.

The Region has declared itself the Green Capital of Canada (not sure how, whether per capita it outstrips other Canadians in its environmental endeavours). Regardless, though, this is where Rankin more or less threatened if come September at the next meeting the NIMBYs are supported again. Well, basically, they can kiss that label goodbye.

Faye Suthons


Source:  Grimsby Lincoln News | August 12, 2013 | www.niagarathisweek.com

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