Daily Archives: March 25, 2012
Recent FiT changes are an insult to rural Ontario
Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012
Gather@11:30 Speakers@12:00 March@12:30
Dalton’s benefactors are coming to Toronto to the FIT Forum. The multinational wind energy companies benefiting from excessive Liberal government subsidies and lax regulation will be at the Feed’in Trough (FIT), with their plans to transform the landscape, the community vibrancy and homes of rural Ontario into an immense wind ghetto.
In response, Rural Ontario is planning a massive protest.
Directions: Simcoe Park on Front Street, beside CBC building, opposite Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MAP) where the FIT Convention is being held. From the main lobby of Union Station (look for signs to railway and GoTrain station to get to main lobby), exit at Front Street, go west (left) on Front St. past York St. and Lower Simcoe St. Simcoe Park is about 300 meters further west right next to the CBC building on the north side of Front St.
Regarding Ezra Levant’s column It ain’t feasible being green (March 20).
Though it is indisputable our provincial and federal governments need to start seriously implementing green initiatives, I agree Premier Dalton McGuinty is barking up the wrong tree with his plan to spend billions on wind turbines.
Our dependence on fossil fuels and other non-renewable energy sources is unhealthy and will undoubtedly lead our environment to its tipping point, but covering our province with wind turbines is not the answer. Wind turbines provide an esthetically pleasing presence of green power, but technology restrictions don’t allow them to produce a feasible amount of energy.
McGuinty plans to install these turbines in areas that would directly threaten bird migratory patterns, cause increased bat mortality and threaten native wetlands, which provide us invaluable ecosystem processes such as the sequestering of C02 emissions.
Our province needs to invest in efficient power sources such as nuclear and hydro energy to meet our energy demands. If McGuinty truly wants to make a difference for the environment, he should focus on preserving our wetlands, rather than destroying them to make way for flashy wind turbines.