August 1, 2012
WIND CONCERNS ONTARIO COMMITTED TO 'PEACEFUL' OPPOSITION ON WIND POWER ISSUES
The executive and members of Wind Concerns Ontario were deeply disturbed by the report of an alleged threat of violence against a worker employed by a wind power developer, as reported by a local radio station and the CBC.
We are gratified that police are now investigating the incident, and it is our hope that the matter is resolved and that the employee’s safety, and that of his family, is assured.
It is the position of Wind Concerns Ontario that even a threat of violence in any form is unacceptable and counter-productive to our objectives. Wind Concerns Ontario does not support or condone any action other than calm discussion of the serious issues before us.
This alleged incident, however, points to the volatility of the situation in Ontario. This is not the time to exploit an incident to associate organized opposition to industrial wind turbines with possible criminal activity. To do so would be to attempt to marginalize the rational and well-informed opinions of tens of thousands Ontario rural citizens who spend their own money and time to fight the juggernaut of the global wind industry.
Our continuing objective is to inform Ontario about the risks of large industrial scale wind installations when placed too close to peoples' homes, as is being done in Ontario. People are suffering ill health. Property values are declining. Municipalities have no power to decide whether this type of development belongs in their community. Rising electricity prices are affecting everyone in Ontario by reducing competitiveness and imposing financial hardship on our citizens.
The remaining so-called “dirty coal” power plants could be turned off today because Ontario’s reliance on coal is now minimal.
Wind Concerns Ontario favours conservation first, and use of a renewable energy source that is reliable, inexpensive and will not have a severe impact on every community it impacts.
President, Wind Concerns Ontario