October 13, 2010

The truth about politics in Ontario: they’re all to blame

In today’s Financial Post, pundit and now, as it turns out, wag, Lawrence Solomon creates the speech that Tim Hudak should give today to the Energy Association. But won’t. Because the truth is, all parties in Ontario have contributed to the current situation regarding electricity, the Conservatives no less than anyone. We have already recommended reading Hydro: the decline and fall of Ontario’s electric empire (up until the last chapter when the authors fall hard for the false economy of “green” energy) for a background of the politics of power in this province, but Solomon’s fake speech for Hudak sums it all up.

The link to the full article is below but here are some delicious bits:

“…that Oakville power plant should never have been ordered in the first place–it was the result of another political decision, a grand-standing decision to replace the province’s entire fleet of coal plants in favour of windmills and other forms of renewable energy. The windmills not only cost several times as much as coal, they are also unavailable most of the time, because the wind doesn’t blow on demand. To provide backup when the wind doesn’t blow, the citizens of Oakville were told they would need to live with a power plant for a neighbour.”

“…until today, I have failed to vigorously defend our province’s coal-generating stations–some of which are among the cleanest on the continent–and I have failed to vigorously attack the entirely unjustified wind and solar projects that are bankrupting our province.”

-[On Europe] “Europe has other lessons for us, too. The more countries went green, the harder they fell. In Spain, the biggest green subsidizer of all, every green job that the government created cost more than two jobs elsewhere in the economy. Spain’s unemployment rate is now 20%, the highest in the developed world. To rescue its economy, it is slashing green subsidies, leading to a wave of green companies filing for bankruptcy. Other European countries are also bailing out of this so-called green economy, in good part because their governments are finding out that industrial wind farms aren’t necessarily environmental. They gobble up farmland, destroy birds by the thousands, and pollute communities with noise. Because of community opposition, the largest grass-roots movement in the western world is no longer anti-nuclear, but anti-wind.”

Wow. Don’t you wish that’s really what Hudak was going to say?

Lawrence Solomon is executive director of Energy Probe.

December 28, 2009

“The Canadian Leadership vacuum”

Randall Denley of The Ottawa Citizen writes in the December 27th edition that “Canada’s political leadership scene is as bleak as a January landscape. … All we have for leaders is a group of pipsqueaks and bullies.”

He reviews the national scene and then gets to Ontario’s Dalton McGuinty who is currently enjoying an 18-per-cent approval rating. That’s due to the $24.7 billion deficit, the HST and the “truth-bending” on election promises, Denley says. He doesn’t even mention the rape of Ontario’s countryside in the name of “green energy” which is really business interests.

(Question, if this is all about producing clean renewable energy, WHY is NextEra, which is owned by Florida Power and Light, in Ontario? It’s not about producing clean energy for the citizens of Florida. It’s not about saving lives from the effects of air pollution…it’s about the money our provincial government is handing out like Hallowe’en candy.)

Denley concludes that “…our governments too often think thay can limit the damage by hiding the information they do have. Sorry, it doesn’t work. What we desperately need are leaders who have fresh ideas, a real sense of the common good and a willingness to tell the truth. In a country of 33 million people, surely we can generate a couple of dozen people like that. Even one would be a start.”

For those of us facing the onslaught of improperly sited industrial wind turbines, we desperately need such a leader in government or opposition. Fresh ideas? Not wind turbines: when they have been installed at breakneck speed in Europe they have proven not to be a good idea, for the economy, for the people, for power generation—nothing.¬†An awareness of common good? That isn’t wind turbines. Telling the truth? The Ontario government isn’t telling the whole truth about wind turbines and the wind developers certainly aren’t.

Interesting sidebar. Right next to Denley’s column is an Ontario government announcement of information sessions on protecting species of birds, animals and plants at risk of extinction. Location? Alfred Taylor Centre in North Gower, a few kilometers away from where 626-foot giant towers will be killing birds and bats, and producing 40dB of noise, 24 hours a day.

Species at risk? Include people who love the rural countryside and who are now being victimized by people who see Ontario’s landscape as a resource plantation. Including the farmers who we thought had pledged to manage the land.


Put the turbines where the wind is, not where the people—and the birds and the animals—are.

To get in touch with the North Gower Wind Action Group directly, email

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