Wind power in Ontario : “economic and social disaster”
The rest of the week after the Ontario government released its so-called review of the Feed In Tariff or FIT program was filled with criticism of the subsidy program, and the problems it is bringing.
A Sun editorial appeared on Saturday, declaring the FIT program a “disaster.” The editors wrote that Premier McGuinty continues to claim more “green” power is needed “to close Ontario’s coal-fired electricity plants by 2014. But the plants are barely used now because of Ontario’s energy surplus, and wind and solar have to be backed up, usually by natural gas plants, because they can’t deliver base load power on demand.” (http://www.torontosun.com/2012/03/23/will-dalton-blow-himself-away )
And in the meantime? People are becoming ill from exposure to the environmental noise and infrasound produced by these huge power generating machines.
When will the government stop this experiment? When will the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario realize it has been sold a bill of goods and made party of a huge industry media campaign?
If Ontario wanted to close the coal plants it could do so, today. At this very moment, coal plants are generating about 350 MW of power in Ontario—demand is 16,000 MW. Hydro is generating about 4,000 MW. So, we could do without the coal altogether. But why shut it down when you can wait for an election campaign and make a big show of doing it?
Write to your MPP and tell him, yes, you’re a nurse (or other person concerned about the health of the people of Ontario) but wind power is not the answer. Resources could be so much better spent elsewhere. The goal? A safe environment for everyone.
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