Smitherman Disappointed with Moratorium

October 29, 2008 at 10:28 pm 3 comments

“Wind Power has important role”

Posted By George Smitherman – Barry’s Bay This Week

October 29/08

To the Editor,

As Deputy Premier and Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, I found it troubling to read the Oct. 23rd article in Barry’s Bay This Week about South Algonquin’s council declaring a 10-year moratorium on wind farms.

Ontarians know we must step up the fight against climate change. As part of that fight, the McGuinty government is phasing out dirty coal-fired generation and replacing it with cleaner, greener energy sources that are kinder to our planet, including wind.

Unfortunately, some of the very people who insist we must fight climate change – and who are pushing for cleaner, greener power – also seem to be among those protesting plans to put wind projects in their communities.

We cannot expect to build a more environmentally sustainable energy system without some trade-offs. We need every community, every Ontarian, on board and working together to create a greener energy future.

In 2003, fewer than 15 megawatts of Ontario’s electricity came from wind power. Today, we have more than 540 megawatts, enough to power about 140,000 homes. We expect to add over 400 MW more by the end of this year.

As a renewable energy source, wind power has an important role to play in our province’s long-term energy supply mix. Together with aggressive conservation, renewables will provide Ontarians with a greener energy future.

George Smitherman,

Deputy Premier


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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Quixote  |  October 30, 2008 at 12:49 pm

    How dare a servant of the people “wag his finger” at his employers (US) and tell them they need to “buck up” and accept the trade off of having their homes devalued and their community torn apart, their landscape destroyed, their wildlife killed and their tourist industry crippled all in the name of Green Power! Of course with the appearance of being “Green” George Smitherman can stay elected. That is his only game plan here. He cares nothing of the common poeple’s plight here and promotes a Wind Industry that does no good for anything except making money for large corporate “buddies” on the taxpayers dollars. SHAME!

  • 2. essexcountywind  |  October 30, 2008 at 5:54 pm

    He got on the radio today and said it didn’t matter that property values were lowered because the landowners got lease money and the municipality got tax dollars. Gee thanks, Furious George! What about the hundreds of neighbours? Collateral damage in your quest to look green?

  • 3. Grant Church  |  November 13, 2008 at 6:02 pm

    George why don’t you go live under a windmill, especially in a home that gets a good those of that torturous shadow flicker. You as much as said, “Let them eat cake.”


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