Original posted FaceBook January 1, 2020 on Vents et Territoires – Contre l’éolien industriel
Parents raising objections after a children’s Christmas concert was used to pursue the “green” agenda. Look closely at Green Santa’s wish list which includes wind power.
CBC|By | December 22, 2019
School division apologizes after Christmas concert deemed ‘anti-oil’
‘No political agenda,’ board of trustees chair says after parents raise concerns about Thursday concert
A Saskatchewan school division has apologized after parents raised concerns a Christmas concert last week had an anti-oil agenda.
On Thursday, the Oxbow Prairie Horizons School’s annual concert featured a show titled: “Santa Goes Green.”
This didn’t sit will with some audience members, as Oxbow is a community where a good number of workers are in the mining and resource industries. In fact, the town’s logo prominently contains a pumpjack.
Mike Gunderman, whose daughter was in the show, took to Facebook to express his concerns about the play, saying the concert was a “kick in the groin” to anyone working in the struggling oil industry. The post has since been shared more than 650 times….
I’m just gonna say it, but the kids school Christmas concert last night at Oxbow was the most “un”-Christmassy thing i have seen. It was a green Christmas theme, with all the words to the Christmas carols changed to support the green agenda, and don’t use the pumps, and keep the oil in the ground, while they danced around wearing green plastic hats from the dollar store. Considering the state of our industry, it was a kick in the groin to those who are employed by it. Not the kids fault…they smiled and sang and had fun, and the audience was respectful and applauded, but jaw dropping, and hypocritical of the school to allow that, considering all the diesel school buses and all the financial support the school gets from oil industry related people & businesses.
The fight is far from over and ongoing. Wind Warriors have had some welcomed news with the cancellation of Nation Rise.
Seaway News|by Nick Seebruch| December 10, 2019
December 10, 2019
NORTH STORMONT, Ontario – Ontario’s Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks Jeff Yurek has cancelled a controversial wind farm project in North Stormont.
The nearly complete Nation Rise Wind Farm would have seen 29 turbines producing wind energy once completed, but Yurek has chosen to cancel the project out of concern for the local bat population.
“It is the Minister’s belief that the project is likely to cause serious and irreversible harm to the local bat populations,” wrote Gary Wheeler, Communications Officer with the Ministry. “The Minister has directed ministry staff to review how harm to bats is assessed as part of the renewable energy approval process and related guidelines, and whether any changes might be necessary. Ontario is committed to ensuring that wind turbine facilities are constructed and operate in a way that is protective of human health and the environment.”
Stormont, Dundas and South Glengarry MPP Jim McDonell had previously called for the cancellation of the project earlier in 2019.
“The Nation Rise Project, like many industrial wind farms across rural Ontario, was a project forced upon the people of North Stormont by the previous Wynne government. The Liberal Government made it their mission to expand renewable energy at an unsustainable rate, resulting in unaffordable contracts for surplus power,” wrote McDonell in a Letter to the Editor.
The Canadian Press|By Shawn Jeffords|November 21, 2019
Doug Ford ‘proud’ of decision to tear up hundreds of green energy contracts
TORONTO – Premier Doug Ford said Thursday he is “proud” of his decision to tear up hundreds of renewable energy deals, a move that his government acknowledges could cost taxpayers more than $230 million.
Ford dismissed criticism that his Progressive Conservatives are wasting public money, telling a news conference that the cancellation of 750 contracts signed by the previous Liberal government will save cash.
“I’m so proud of that,” Ford said of his decision. “I’m proud that we actually saved the taxpayers $790 million when we cancelled those terrible, terrible, terrible wind turbines that really for the last 15 years have destroyed our energy file.”
Later Thursday, Ford went further in defending the cancelled contracts, saying “if we had the chance to get rid of all the wind mills we would.”
CBC News|November 20, 2019
CPP might be ‘buying into a lawsuit’ through Pattern Energy acquisition, says lawyer
The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) might be “buying into a lawsuit” by acquiring U.S.-based renewable energy company Pattern Energy, according to a lawyer representing Chatham-Kent residents whose lawsuit against the Ontario government — as well as three wind turbine companies, including Pattern Energy — was dismissed earlier this year.
Pattern Energy announced in early November that it had entered into a $6.1 billion agreement with the CPPIB that would see the federal pension plan’s investment arm acquire the renewable energy company.
Min datter Anne M. Eieslands bidrag til Kvina kunstnarlags høstutstilling denne helgen og kommende uke. Følgende er en hilsen fra kunstneren til dere alle;
“Dedikert til alle vindkraftmotstandere som kjemper for landet jeg elsker og en spesiell takk til alle i gruppen “Nei til vindkraftverk på Frøya” og til Motvind Norge som har vært min hovedkilde for inspirasjon gjennom sitt fantastiske engasjement, utholdenhet og pågangsmot. Dere er utrolige!”
Bildets tittel: “I came here to dance”
My daughter Anne M. Iceland’s contribution to this weekend and the next week. The following is a greeting from the artist to all of you;
” dedicated to all the wind turbines who fight for the country I love and a special thank you to everyone in the group ” no to wind turbines on Freya ” and to headwind Norway who has been my main source of inspiration through its wonderful commitment, perseverance and courage. You guys are incredible!”
Please share 🙂
Image Title: “in come here to dance”
November 13, 2019|Chief Investment Officer
Top Canada Pension Plan Embraces Energy, Both Fossil Fuel and Not
CPPIB is plying the oil and gas sector for investment opportunities, as well as going into renewables.
Canada’s largest pension fund is not letting go of its investments in oil and gas, as well as renewables, anytime soon. The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) CEO, Mark Machin, said in an interview with BNN Bloomberg in Toronto last week that the sector, including pipelines and other resources, are appropriate for the fund’s portfolio.
“We will look at traditional oil and gas, whether it’s pipelines or other resources,” said Manchin, referring to renewables. “As long as we can understand all the risks behind the investment, that the regulation may change, that preference may change, that geography may change. If we can understand those and can still be compensated sufficiently, then we’ll continue to make that investment.”
The program is still committed to renewables. The fund, which has a value of about $300 billion, acquired North American wind farm operator Pattern Energy last week for $6.1 billion. Shares cost $26.75 per share for a total of $2.6 billion. The remainder covered the company’s debts. Pattern has built 28 renewable energy projects in the US, Canada, and Japan. The investment is one of the largest M&A deals in US renewables.
In relative terms, though, energy, whether green or not, is not a huge chunk of CPPIB’s portfolio. The fund is invested in more than 20 energy companies ranging from pipeline companies to renewables. As of March 30, the end of its most recent fiscal year, just 1.6% of the fund’s portfolio was invested in the traditional energy sector, and 1% in a category called “power and renewables.”
Manchin’s remarks follow a setback for the Canadian energy industry. Last week, legacy energy firm Encana announced plans to move its corporate headquarters to Denver, and drop references to Canada in its branding. Pipeline shortages, Canadian anti-oil sentiment, and the availability of capital in the US are reasons for the relocation.
The Pattern Energy deal demonstrates the delicate balance Machin is striking between reaping the rewards of oil and gas revenue and acknowledging the “multi-faceted” and “very complicated risk” of climate change, including public outrage over fossil fuel investments.
“It’s important as an investor that we understand all of those risks and how fast the energy transition is going to happen,” he said. “When we look at every investment, we understand all the risks that climate change could present…We are able to understand the risks in a more granular way now because of some of the tools and the disclosure practices that have really improved.”
Manchin is referring in part to the Financial Stability Board’s Task Force on climate-related disclosures that have pushed companies to provide more information, data, and metrics for funds like CPPIB to make investment decisions. (The CPPIB is one of two global pension fund managers on the board.) In April, the fund launched a framework for teams to evaluate climate change-related risks and opportunities. About 4% of the fund is invested in traditional and renewable energy.
The Canadian fund is stopping short of joining the throngs of investors lining up for the Aramco initial public offering. Saudi Arabia is taking its giant oil company public amid great fanfare and international investor interest….
Ireland fined €5m plus daily penalty of €15,000 over landslides at Galway wind farm
The fine relates to an incident which saw 50,000 fish killed in 2003.
November 12, 2019
THE EU’S COURT of Justice has fined the State €5m over its failure to comply with EU legislation that might have prevented landslides linked to the construction of a wind farm in the west of Ireland in 2003.
The penalty is set to increase further as EU’s top court set an additional daily fine of €15,000 until the Government achieves compliance with environmental legislation on assessing the impact of the wind farm Derrybrien, Co Galway.
The fine is due to the “seriousness and duration” of the failure to carry out an environmental impact assessment on the wind farm in the 11 years since a previous CJEU ruling on 3 July, 2008.
The legal action by the European Commission followed a massive landslide at Derrybrien on 16 October, 2003, when tonnes of peat were dislodged and polluted the Owendalulleegh River, resulting in the death of around 50,000 fish.
At the time Derrybrien was the country’s biggest-ever wind farm, and one of the largest in Europe, with 70 turbines. Its construction required the removal of large areas of forest and the extraction of peat up to a depth of 5.5 metres.
The European Commission said two investigations had concluded that the environmental disaster had been linked to the construction work on the wind farm.
On those grounds, the Court (Grand Chamber) hereby:
1. Declares that, by failing to take all measures necessary to comply with the judgment of 3 July 2008, Commission v Ireland (C‑215/06, EU:C:2008:380), Ireland has failed to fulfil its obligations under Article 260(1) TFEU;
2. Orders Ireland to pay the European Commission a lump sum in the amount of EUR 5 000 000;
3. Orders Ireland to pay the Commission a periodic penalty payment of EUR 15 000 per day from the date of delivery of the present judgment until the date of compliance with the judgment of 3 July 2008, Commission v Ireland (C‑215/06, EU:C:2008:380);
4. Orders Ireland to pay the costs.
Thousands to lose jobs as German wind crisis hits Enercon
“A combination of ill-designed first onshore wind auctions in 2017, a permitting malaise, bureaucratic hurdles, and anti-wind protests have pushed German onshore wind additions to their lowest figure since 2000. Enercon during the first ten months of this year has installed turbines with a combined capacity of around 210MW in the country, compared to 2GW still erected in 2017.”