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Native energy firm exec should see turbine damage  

Industrial wind turbines are not “green.” Every industrial wind turbine has to be backed up by nuclear or gas plants kept on standby, at great expense and carbon production. Even free and clean Niagara Falls hydro-electricity is produced and then wasted as the intermittent power from industrial wind turbines gets priority access on our transmission grid.

Our beautiful, peaceful community is being ripped apart. You see and feel the tension in the local restaurants and coffee shops. Neighbours and family members are being divided by this insanity. Are we resigned to live with a 20-year mistake that our grandchildren will ask, “What were you thinking?”

Would our northern First Nations friends want this for their community?

Credit:  Bennetto: Native energy firm exec should see turbine damage | Norah Bennetto, Special to The London Free Press | Friday, May 6, 2016 | www.lfpress.com ~~

Regards Northern Natives have wind energy expertise (April 30).

I applaud Geordi Kakepetum of NCC Developments and the six remote far northern Ontario bands for their efforts to get off diesel-generated electricity and into solar energy. However, he did not mention having industrial wind turbines in their community so the claim of wind expertise is hard to swallow.

We do have local exposure to these 150-metre-tall monsters. As a result of NCC’s support of this project, Dutton-Dunwich may suffer from these realities as well.

Kakepetum states Dutton-Dunwich should be proud to be included in the project. First Nations communities pride themselves as guardians of nature and protectors of “mother Earth.” How proud would Kakepetum be to have 26 industrial wind turbines in his backyard?

How much actual hard cash did the NCC group hand over for this 10 per cent ownership share in the Strong Breeze project? Did the Chicago bankers behind Invenergy gift this “investment” just to meet the bid requirements? Our three local First Nations communities were not contacted at all by Invenergy. Was Invenergy afraid of the local First Nations groups’ opposition scuttling their bid?

We will likely never find out the truth, as much of the IESO bid documents have been redacted.

This supposedly transparent and public process also is hiding the details of abutting landowner support. Kakeputum states the minimum bid requirement of 75 per cent of abutting landowner support was obtained; however, local intelligence says less than that has been signed up.

What are IESO and Ontario government hiding and why are they so scared to release this information?

Ontario and federal parties routinely are elected with governing majorities on 40 per cent or fewer of the 50 to 60 per cent voter turn-out. After an unambiguous “No thanks” from a statically significant 84 per cent of people who voted in our referendum, including our whole council, it makes one question where democracy and common sense have gone.

The dollar figures Kakepetum quotes as a return to the local tax base and a municipal benefit fund are fiction. A hard look at the numbers is shocking. Only 17 local landowners stand to make modest money over the next 20 years from these huge industrial structures.

However, the wealthy Chicago merchant bankers backing this scheme will reap millions of Ontarians’ hard-earned dollars through increased taxes and bloated electricity bills. The community bribes offered are less than one per cent of revenues.

And those new jobs? A mockery compared to the thousands of good-paying manufacturing jobs gone south due to high electricity costs in Ontario. Is this worth the next 20 years of heartbreak and pain?

Kakepetum says he knows where Dutton-Dunwich is. Visit us. Talk to residents. Hear how we feel about this disaster coming to our beautiful, peaceful community. Visit Chatham-Kent to experience what hundreds of operating industrial wind turbines look, sound and feel like, up close and personal, not just as in slick Invenergy sales brochures.

Negative economic, health, environmental and esthetic consequences of industrial wind turbines have been well documented. It is a bad deal all around.

Industrial wind turbines are not “green.” Every industrial wind turbine has to be backed up by nuclear or gas plants kept on standby, at great expense and carbon production. Even free and clean Niagara Falls hydro-electricity is produced and then wasted as the intermittent power from industrial wind turbines gets priority access on our transmission grid.

Our beautiful, peaceful community is being ripped apart. You see and feel the tension in the local restaurants and coffee shops. Neighbours and family members are being divided by this insanity. Are we resigned to live with a 20-year mistake that our grandchildren will ask, “What were you thinking?”

Would our northern First Nations friends want this for their community?

Norah Bennetto is a resident of Dutton-Dunwich.

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Source:  Bennetto: Native energy firm exec should see turbine damage | Norah Bennetto, Special to The London Free Press | Friday, May 6, 2016 | www.lfpress.com

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