The West Lincoln Wind Action Group (WLWAG) has been prominent in a couple of articles, by Tom Wilkinson, on the West Niagara News site, and a letter to the local paper powerfully communicates the harm turbine hosts could be doing to their community.
Scrapping Wind could mean funds for WLMH
He [WLWAG co-chair Neil Switzer] said it's important for people across Ontario to understand how much wind subsidies cost Ontario taxpayers.continue reading the article here
If the two wind projects are given final approval in West Lincoln, he says the money used to subsidize the electricity, which is the difference between the rate the province pays traditional producers and the rate it's paying to wind energy producers, could be better used on health care. He used the recently cancelled $125 million West Lincoln Memorial Hospital project as an example.
"Every two years we could be building a brand new hospital with what we're paying in subsidies," he said.
The second article also quotes Switzer in connecting the cancelled hospital project and expensive wind subsidies: "Killing wind projects could make hospital affordable"
Helen Kszan, of St. Anns, challenged the validity of a pro-wind petition in her letter published in the Grimsby News April 11th. She wonders how many people would have signed had the petition included:
- I will put my family's and neighbours' health in harm's way
- It is not an issue form me if my neighbours' life assets are devalued or their home is unsaleable
- It is of little consequence if animals and wildlife are impacted
- It matters not that I've given up my property rights for the next 20 years
- Divisiveness in my community is on no concern to me
- Contributing to the financial debt load for my children and grandchildren is acceptable
- Ruining the beautiful, rural landscape with 660-story-high inefficient, intermittent, industrial structures is quite all right.