Research by CERN Indicates Trees and CO2 Help Keep the Earth in Balance

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Investigate Magazine — May 18, 2014

Research by CERN on how clouds form has found emissions by trees and galactic cosmic rays are two primary drivers of cloud formation, which in turn helps cool the planet by reflecting sunlight off the cloud layer.

Although not expressly stated so bluntly, the research suggests a CO2 cycle has kept earth in balance – the more CO2 in the atmosphere, the faster and bigger that plants grow, and the more that plants grow the more their emissions help form planet-cooling clouds.

The full press release from CERN follows:

Geneva 16 May 2014. In a paper published in the journal Science today, CERN’s* CLOUD** experiment has shown that biogenic vapours emitted by trees and oxidised in the atmosphere have a significant impact on the formation of clouds, thus helping to cool the planet. These biogenic aerosols are what give forests seen from afar their…

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Schmalz: turbine fight is a ‘worldwide movement’

Shoreline Beacon Friday, May 16, 2014

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A town hall style meeting was held at Maple Hall in Port Elgin Thursday night on the subject of wind turbines.

The meeting falls shortly after the one year anniversary the Unifor turbine blades started spinning it was fourth in a series of open meetings for continued education. The turbine meeting, which was hosted by Saugeen Shores Turbine Operation Policy (S.T.O.P) brought in two speakers with new theories and histories in the fight against wind power.

Organizer Greg Schmaltz quipped “people are probably tired of hearing from him,” so he brought in some featured speakers from Toronto.

First to speak was Sherri Lange, the co-founder of Toronto Wind Action “whose claim to fame is that they beat the turbines on the Scarborough Bluffs down in Toronto,” said Schmalz.

Lange is also CEO of NAPAW (North American Platform Against Wind).

The second speaker Thursday evening was Kevin Dooley “who likes to be called an inventor and he truly is, with over one hundred US patents’ to his name,” Schamlz added. “He is a retired jet engine turbine specialist; his life’s mission is all about vibration which of course noise is a vibration.”

The S.T.O.P spokesperson said Dooley has interesting theories about how people suffering adverse effects from industrial turbines are in fact identical to motion sickness that you would experience on a boat caused by atmospheric pressure changes “which is a pretty cutting edge scientific data.”

Dooley’s presentation showcased The McMauley Hypothsis about infrasound and how it causes tempera illness. He displayed acoustic data captured from Port Elgin homes showing the rate of the blade passing the tower in a pulse spectra analysis.

“These frequencies of thumping are specific to each wind turbine”, said Dooley. Read rest of article here.

Skydive Burnaby turbines appeal dismissed | St. Catharines Standard

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Skydive Burnaby’s appeal of Wainfleet Wind Energy Inc.’s plans to erect two wind turbines on Station Rd. has been dismissed by Ontario’s environmental review tribunal.

Mike and Tara Pitt filed their appeal in October 2013 over concerns their business established in 1948 and its skydiving clients would be at risk by the towers to be built 1.5 kilometres west of Skydive Burnaby on land owned by the Loeffen family, a partner in the wind energy company with Rankin Construction.

On Wednesday, tribunal vice-chair Dirk VanderBent handed down his decision.

He said the appellants did not provide sufficient evidence to suggest its skydivers will be seriously harmed by collision with the two wind turbines or interaction with their turbulence wakes.

Tara Pitt said Thursday morning that Skydive Burnaby had no comment to make at this time.

Tom Rankin said he and his stakeholders are “very happy” with the tribunal decision.

“I think it’s a pretty comprehensive document,” he said of the 87-page decision [see attachment at left column of page] that now clears the way for Wainfleet Wind Energy to complete its five-turbine project for which three towers have been erected off Concession 1.

Those three will be brought online when the other two are finished, likely within six weeks, he said.

Rankin said he stands behind his wind-energy project as a necessity to counter climate change.

“We’ve won three lawsuits now and two hearings,” he said.

“I’m proud of what I’m doing and I won’t back off.

“I think it’s the right thing to do.”

Greg Furminger – May 15, 2014 – St. Catharine’s Standard

Skydive Burnaby turbines appeal dismissed | St. Catharines Standard

Wainfleet Wind Energy’s five turbines working in tandem are estimated to generate 26 million kWh of power annually, enough electricity to for 2,500 homes and representing a greenhouse gas reduction of about 14,000 tonnes a year. Each Vestas V100-1.8MW turbine owned by Wainfleet Wind Energy stands 95 metres tall, with a blade diameter slightly larger at 100 metres.

Among controversy surrounding the Wainfleet project was township council’s decision last December to apply $40,000 in taxpayer money toward Skydive Burnaby’s legal bills for its appeal.

That decision was ultimately rescinded in January following public backlash and on the advice of the municipality’s legal counsel.

The tribunal decision handed down Wednesday followed three weeks of hearings over January and February and subsequent conference calls with involved parties in March and April.

Skydive Burnaby turbines appeal dismissed | St. Catharines Standard.

Where will wind companies get the money to pay for roads?

Tuesday May 6, 2014 – The Sachem – Op Ed

I read the article in last week’s Sachem concerning the roadwork that will be required once the wind turbine companies are finished.

First of all, isn’t it nice that our county has waived the half load restrictions for these guys, once again displaying their eagerness to bend over backwards for anything related to the folly known as the Green Energy Act?

Secondly, it seems that the wind turbine companies themselves will be on the hook for the costs of the repairs.

Whew… that’s a relief. But where will they get the money? From the Ontario government, of course. And the Ontario government will get it from us. Samsung, in particular, loves to spend our tax dollars. I’m sure we paid the tab when Samsung took Mayor Hewitt on that little golf outing a couple of years back. We can only hope he golfs better than he governs.

Brad Smith,

Dunnville

See original article here: http://www.sachem.ca/opinion/where-will-wind-companies-get-the-money-to-pay-for-roads/

What’s your opinion? The Consumer Watch Group wants to hear from you: Is a Greener Ontario Worth the Price?

Here is what one mother wrote about Ontario’s Rising Energy Rates, The Green Energy Act and the future of Ontario……

How do I feel about Ontario’s rising energy rates, the Green Energy Act and the future of Ontario?

In one word….HORRIBLE…OK 2 words…CHEATED! I am a young mothers of 2 infants and feel like I have been woken up to the SCAM of government. The Green Energy Act has taken away common sense to everyday Ontarians while furthering the divide between Rural and Urban communities in the Province. The rising electricity rates are making it hard for my family and every family in Ontario, never mind businesses to succeed in our economy. While New York State and Michigan benefit from sales of our “under-market” excess electricity, Ontarians have to pay more while they are using less….”put a sweater on” the Premier and our Energy Minister say….

Why are we worrying about conservation when we are over-producing? Why are we installing Wind Turbines and Solar Technology when there is excess electricity on our grids? Did anyone READ the Auditor Generals report? At 2.7 Billion more per year than the “Market Rate” of electricity….who is losing?

It’s all of us in Ontario

Sincerely Marianne Kidd

(These are not the opinions of MAWT Inc., but solely the author)

Here is the link, please give your own answers: http://oegconsumerwatch.com/greener-ontario-worth-price/

Nova Scotia Council Reviewing Setback Distances After Flurry of Complaints from Residents

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Council Reviewing Setback Distance for Wind Turbines

The News – May 8, 2014

PICTOU – The phones of local county councillors were ringing Monday with calls from a resident upset over noise coming from the new wind turbine site on Tower Road.

Coun. Robert Parker said he received a call Monday from someone in the area who asked him to come down to Tower Road where new turbines have been installed and listen to the noise they were making on a stormy day.

“The noise up there during (nasty) weather was unreal,” said Parker and encouraged fellow councillors to take a drive to the area before the next planning advisory committee meeting, which will look at the setback rule for wind turbines in the future.

A large contingent of residents visited council chambers in March asking that the setback for wind turbines be extended to 1.5 kilometres from 600 metres.

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Magna Says It Won’t Expand in Ontario Due to High Energy rates

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(Editor’s Note:  Ontario Pension Plan alone would add $38 MILLION to their operating costs in Ontario — DQ)

Magna says no new plants for Canada, cites Ontario energy costs

Ontario energy, pension costs a concern, the company says.

Dana Flavelle — Toronto Star — May 8, 2014

Magna International Inc. says it has no plans to open any new plants in Canada despite a lower dollar, chief executive officer Don Walker says.

The nearly 10 per cent decline in the Canadian dollar relative to the U.S. greenback has helped make the Aurora-based global auto parts supplier more cost competitive, Walker told the company’s annual general meeting Thursday.

But the company said it’s concerned about Ontario’s industrial electricity rates and proposed pension plan, along with the future of its auto assembly plants.

“I’m worried about electricity prices in Ontario, where all of our plants are located,” Walker told a press conference…

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Ontario pilots worried about wind turbines after U.S. crash | CTV London News

Head Wind Ontario

And Sheperd fears that he and his fellow pilots are just as at risk, especially those flying in and out of the Kincardine Municipal Airport, where 10 of 92 soon-to-be-built turbines in the Armow Wind farm could be flight risks.

“We pilots have been adamant that these aircraft and these turbines don’t mix.”

But the company disagrees, Jody Law of Pattern Energy says, “At Armow, we have worked closely with the federal regulatory agencies to ensure that the project will be in complete compliance with all safety regulations and standards.”

In fact, the Armow Wind farm has been approved by all provincial and federal bodies.

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Austria: Medical Association Issues Warning, Calls for Comprehensive Studies on Wind Turbine Noise

Global Wind Energy -- The Human Impact

AUSTRIA — National Noise Day 30th April, 2014:

The Medical Chamber (equivalent to the Austrian Medical Association) is issuing a warning on behalf of large-scale wind turbine installations. The Chamber is calling for comprehensive studies on potential negative health effects as well as minimum safety distances to populated areas.

Vienna — Noise problems, caused by the operation of wind turbines, are drawing increasingly more attention from scientists. This was pointed out todday, Wednesday, by the Medical Chamber on the occasion of the International Noise Awareness Day. The Medical Chambe is now calling for comprehensive studies on potential negative health effects as well as a minimum safety distance to populated areas.

Wind power plants are — as opposed to individual wind turbines — very large scale operations and clustered into “wind parks”. The rotor diameter of current turbines can measure up to 114 metres — almost the length of a soccer…

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