An accurate report should have substance behind the glossy covers

May 16, 2009 at 10:35 am Leave a comment

The Daily Observer – Ontario, CA May16/08

I am compelled to respond to Kevin O’Kane’s letter to the editor that appeared in a recent issue of this paper.

Mr. O’Kane writes that “if she (Cheryl Gallant) is concerned about relative health issues she should consult the 2008 Information Report issued by the Municipality of Chatham-Kent: “The Health Impact of Wind Turbines, A Review of White, Grey and Published Literature.”

Mr. O’Kane obviously believes that this document is an authoritative report. And that’s where his argument falls apart. Let me explain: Dr. Colby, the acting medical officer for Chatham-Kent, has been credited with writing this document. However, he has stated that the health unit wrote it and he supervised and approved it. He has also stated that he is no expert on wind turbines and has not conducted any of his own research on the subject. This document does not address the reports of worldwide health effects, nor does it take into account current medical research. It is an incomplete literature review.

Interestingly, many of the references contained within the document originate from CanWEA, AWEA, and BWEA publications. These are all large, vocal lobby groups for the wind industry. Other points of reference came from organizations that either have a direct financial interest in supporting the wind industry or whose purpose it is to support and promote wind industry. Not surprisingly, the references are clearly biased in favour of the wind industry. More alarming still is that this document is being presented as authoritative and there are people -like Kevin O’Kane – who accept it as gospel without further examination.

Also of interest is the fact that Dr. Colby participated in a wind energy information seminar organized by SkyPower in Picton in March. Although quick to deny that he is a representative of Sky- Power, Dr. Colby did admit that he was paid an honorarium to participate. He has also stated that he is “not a spokesperson for the wind energy industry.” So that leads us to question how unbiased and objective Dr. Colby’s 2008 Information Report truly is.

Mr. O’Kane also suggests that it is our MP’s responsibility to educate herself on the decades of experience by other countries. The Denmark Experience: Aase Madsen, Chairman of Energy Policy in the Danish Parliament tells us that wind energy is a “terribly expensive disaster.” Niels Gram of the Danish Federation of Industries reports that “windmills are a mistake and economically make no sense.” The German Experience: Der Spiegel reports that Germany’s CO2 emissions have not been reduced “by even a single gram.” The Spanish Experience: A recent report from the King Juan Carlos University of Madrid states that for every green job created by government funding, 2.2 regular jobs are lost and only 1 in 10 green jobs wind up being permanent. The global love affair with wind energy is clearly not the “happily ever after” fairy tale that Can WEA and other proponents of the wind industry would have us believe.

The fact that Kevin O’Kane is clearly critical of Cheryl Gallant’s concerns regarding the health and well-being of her constituents leads me to question the basis of his motives. He seems to be more concerned with the wellbeing of Mike Crawley, head of the Ontario Liberal Party who also happens to be the CEO of Aim PowerGen (another wind energy company) than he is with the well-being of the citizens and residents of Renfrew County. Our MP is willing to look beyond the promotional sales brochures and glossy “reports” so eagerly researched by the wind industry and its affiliates. Mounting evidence tells us that health concerns are a real issue and deserve further study, and Cheryl Gallant should be applauded for encouraging unbiased and objective research into these issues.

Lou Eyamie, Wilno, ON

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