A Farmer’s Real Experience with Mainstream Renewable Power

I’m a farmer, township trustee and participating landowner in the Shady Oaks Wind Farm where I have four turbines on my land within a half mile of my home. When I signed up, corn was a third of today’s price, and there are other things I wish I would’ve known before signing.

First, the company’s business strategy is to name and sell the idea of a wind development to another company for construction once it’s approved. After securing acreage for Shady Oaks, they sold the project to a Chinese wind turbine manufacturer and partner of theirs. The original company disappeared after the project changed hands, and the number of turbines grew from 30 to 72.

Now nine months after construction, the township is still waiting for $800,000 to fix the roads. Second, they destroy crops and roads with no regard to landowners. They used nonparticipating farm fields as driveways, tile was crushed, and no one would listen to our complaints. There’s still damage to roads that trucks weren’t supposed to use but did anyway. Read the whole testimony at: http://fairwindenergy.org/testimony.html

Wind farm moves ahead on land and under water

July 24, 2013 – Manitoulin Expositor

As evidenced by the large barge in the North Channel or numerous cement trucks headed to and from the Green Bush, construction is well underway on the McLean’s Mountain Wind Limited Partnership’s (a joint project between Mnidoo Mnising Power General Patership Inc. and Northland Power Inc.) wind farm. Continue reading at: http://www.manitoulin.ca/2013/07/24/wind-farm-moves-ahead-on-land-and-under-water/

Two Danish Cities put a Moratorium on Wind Power Developments

Discontent is growing in Denmark about the health effects of wind turbines. The Health Minister promises independent studies.

Recently, (the cities of) Kolding and Sønderborg decided to not erect further wind turbines (in their 500 km2+ jurisdictions) until the uncertainty about their impact on neighbours is settled“, announced Danish television TVSyd (1).

Kolding is Denmark’s 7th largest city with 57,000 inhabitants. Its jurisdiction extends 605 km2 and includes a total of 89,000 inhabitants (76,000 for Sønderborg).

Adds Dr Mauri Johansson, EPAW’s spokesman for Scandinavia: “During the last 12 months, several smaller municipalities had done the same, in spite of strong pressure from government. They are not satisfied with the noise regulations, and demand that independent studies (i.e. objective ones) be done concerning the effects of wind turbines on health. Continue Reading at: Danish Cities put a Moratorium

Winds of change may be blowing for wind turbines, study suggests

The findings also contradict the NIMBY (Not in My Backyard) hypothesis, meaning those who don’t support turbines locally do not support them generally. In this case, Baxter argues the NIMBY hypothesis is not helpful for understanding why people support/oppose or feel impacted by turbines. ”Health is really front and centre,” says Baxter. “Literature suggests that how people feel about the look of turbines in the landscape, aesthetically speaking, is one of the best predictors of turbine support but that is not the case in our study.”

Ontario Wind Resistance

A new study from Western University shows the winds of change may be blowing when it comes to operating large-scale turbines in rural Ontario. In “A case-control study of support/opposition to wind turbines: Perceptions of health risk, economic benefits, and community conflict,” published recently by Energy Policy, Jamie Baxter from Western’s Department of Geography and his team explore the conundrum that while a relatively strong majority of rural Ontarians actually living with turbines in their farming communities (69 per cent) support them, the level of positive feedback in the control community was surprisingly low (25 per cent).

Baxter concludes that the results from the control group signal that rural Ontario may, in the future, want to close their doors for business where turbines are concerned and that a more radical retooling may be needed for sustainable turbine policy.

The findings also contradict the NIMBY (Not in My Backyard) hypothesis…

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Try living by them: challenge to turbine supporters

“What I am suggesting, is a registry, for ecology-minded people like yourself, to sign up to buy, or trade, property and homes from the people in communities with wind turbines, that are being made miserable, through no fault of their own,” said Correia. “No one is asking you to do anything that you haven’t already said was reasonable to do in exchange for green energy.  Proponents of green energy say all the time that they would love to live near the turbines, and they don’t believe that they would suffer any health effects from them.”

Read Article at Niagara This Week: Try living by them: challenge to turbine supporters.

Welcome to Wynne’s police state, Social Control in Ontario

Ontario Wind Resistance

IMG_0420On Monday evening, a small group of rural Ontario residents protested, not unlike we’ve done every time Kathleen Wynne has flitted into a nearby town, wearing her ever-present grimace, and coordinating suit.  We have protested her in Strathroy, in Sarnia, we have protested her in Clinton and on Monday night she was in London to support the Liberal candidate, Ken Coran, in the upcoming by-election.  What was different about Monday night’s event was the treatment that our group received from the police and ‘security;’ as well as, how the camera operator for CTV was treated, by Wynne’s supporters, or as they more distinctly resemble—sheep; following blindly without question.

Surprise Ontarians!!  Kathleen Wynne, the first female, openly gay premier of our Province, whom you might believe to be a gentler and more accepting provincial honcho is in fact closer in leadership style to Hugo Chavez, or the late Kim Jong-il.  Under…

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