West Elgin residents got a clear reminder last week that if they hope to win the battle to stop wind turbines in this area, they face the fight of their lives.
That was part of the message echoed by Sherri Lange, a Toronto resident who has led the fight against turbines all over North America.
“It will be the fight of your life,” she told a meeting at the Elgin International Club organized by West Elgin Residents Opposed to Wind Turbines.
We need to understand we are shutting down turbines,” she said.
Lange was one of three speakers who armed the audience with volumes of information about why this area should oppose wind turbine development and strategies.
Lange is chief executive officer of the North American Platform Against Wind Turbines.
While her own work in this field is extensive, Lange indicated there is an army of people like her doing the same thing to stop turbines.
“The amount of personal sacrifice people are making is nothing short of astonishing.”
She warned residents not to expect an easy fight.
“This is a political decision and we must resist in a political way,” she advised.
She described Ontario as being in a “quagmire of lies” on the issue with Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne pressing to erect 4,000 more turbines.
“Wind turbines are the ultimate scam of the century,” she said.
Unlike what developers tell the public, wind energy is not green and very expensive to produce.
Worse yet, she described the turbines as cash cows for their owners based on what they collect for per-kilowatt charges.
Around the world, she said, countries like Germany and Belgium are realizing they have been scammed and are working to get turbines either more heavily taxed or removed.
Lange set out what she described as the three biggest lies about turbines:
They are expensive to operate; will not solve global energy shortages and don’t provide meaningful jobs.
She forecasted a move to end subsidies like those in Ontario’s Green Energy Act, and said anyone forced from their home because of health problems linked to turbines deserves full restitution.
She suggested a better energy option might be to revisit expanded use of nuclear power based on new technology for using spent fuel rods from reactors.
Lange also countered opinions that suggest wind power would eliminate use of coal-powered generators.
“No coal-fired plants have ever been shut down because of turbines,” she said.
She also spoke about turbines being responsible for killing birds and bats and how turbines owners are under-reporting the numbers on those losses to authorities.
The meeting also heard from Kevin Dooley, who formerly worked for Pratt and Whitney Canada.
He is currently researching the effects of infrasound, a category of noise that can’t be heard by humans, but is still linked to nausea and motion sickness.
“You can’t hear it but it affects your inner ear.”
He is working to prove noise generated by wind turbines is infrasound and causes health problems,
The last speaker was Parker Gallant, a former banker who didn’t like what he saw in his power bills and now writes columns on energy issues for the National Post.
“Wind turbines are one of the must useless types of energy generators we have,” he said.
They work efficiently at the wrong times of the year, are costly to construct and it’s expensive to have gas-fired plants sitting idle in case they’re needed.
There is actually a surplus of energy in parts of North America, he suggested.
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