...When the Liberals took power in 2003, Ontario had just 10 wind turbines. Today, there are 1,200, with signed deals to more than double that. Add in new turbines in the approval mill, the citizens group Wind Concerns Ontario calculates the figure could hit 6,400.Read the entire editorial at the London Free Press site
The only real discussion Ontario has had about the issue was in last fall’s election, when rural areas revolted and threw out Liberals.
So, how is force-feeding even more turbines onto those same rural areas a suitable response?
We get that power rates are headed north, with or without pricey green power, and that subsidies should fall with greater economies of scale. Ditto, that Ontario needs new power sources, including wind, to help wean it off dirty coal-fired electricity.
But shoving a new technology on people who don’t want it, with almost no debate, smacks of the same old heavy-handedness that doomed Ontario’s power monopoly.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
McGuinty Liberals blow it on wind turbine debate
McGuinty Liberals blow it on wind turbine debate: London Free Press Editorial