Category Archives: Environment

Paying for wind subsidies

Taxpayers and energy consumers pay through the nose for wind and solar subsidies while favoured companies and individuals clean  up. Fair?

Across the countryside outside Toronto, wind turbines are spreading like a plague. They are being built over the strenuous objections of folks who live in rural towns, whose rights have been stomped on by the province. They’re chewing up birds. Worst of all, they’re chewing up billions of taxpayer dollars in the name of a green dream that’s nothing but a fantasy. …

Premier Dalton McGuinty has heard the voters speak. In an effort to placate them, the government is going to trim its subsidies to wind and solar development and give the rural folks some say. The bad news is that these changes won’t affect the contracts already in place. Taxpayers will still be on the hook for soaring energy bills for years to come.

The green energy bubble is bursting everywhere. As governments confront the worst economic conditions in decades, citizens are revolting against energy costs that have been artificially inflated by green schemes….

Spain, which is in serious economic trouble, has also decided to stop subsidizing new alternative energy projects.

So Nova Scotia should start?

Read it all here                 and more here



Dirty fuel

Speaking of dirty fuel –

Germany was forced on Wednesday to draw on its reserves for producing electricity for the second time this winter as Europe is gripped by a severe cold snap.

The country’s four main power operators requested the reserve generator at a coal-powered plant in southern Germany and two plants in Austria be activated, the regional environment ministry in the southern state of Baden-Wuerttemberg said.

The power station in Germany, in the southern city of Mannheim, would continue to be used Thursday, a spokesman said.

“We do not have a problem of supply, of quantity, it’s principally a question of stabilizing the network,” a spokeswoman for the Germany electricity market regulator said.

Germany also had to tap its reserves in early December. The system was set up in August to avoid shortages and stabilize the network for the country’s winter power provision. Read more:

“Stabilizing the network” because their wind farms weren’t up to  it and because of anti-nuclear policies. But coal is the answer and we guess oil sands oil is too dirty. Sigh.

Further reading – Do we want this here?


Wind farms – a risk to human health

Nova Scotia is besotted with wind power. For those anticipating a wind farm coming to a location near them, here is some information they should be aware of.

A family from southwestern Ontario has launched a $1.5 million lawsuit accusing power company Suncor Energy of inflicting a long list of serious health issues on them by erecting a wind farm next to their home. …

“People knew full well going into this specific project that there were likely going to be problems,” says the Michauds’ lawyer, Eric Gillespie. He says that while the ERT ruled in July that the Kent Breeze project can continue to operate, it also acknowledged testimony from numerous experts called by all sides — wind farm opponents, Ontario’s Environment Ministry, and even Suncor Energy itself — that the project could potentially pose risks to human health. …

Read the rest and the comments!

Here’s a map of present and anticipated locations in the province.

Wind farms are not farms

With the discussion taking place presently in the County re wind farms, perhaps the No Farms, No Food people should consider this:

The Ontario Federation of Agriculture wants the provincial government to temporarily pull the plug on industrial wind turbine development until serious shortcomings with the program can be fixed.

Federation president Mark Wales says the developments are pitting rural residents against each other. In addition during the past few weeks, members have told federation representatives about health problems associated with the turbines, concerns over the loss of farmland, encumbrances on their properties and other issues. …

Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli, the Progressive Conservative’s energy critic, says Ontario Auditor General’s Jim McCarter notes in his 2011 report released in December that for every job created in the wind and solar industries, two to four jobs in other sectors are lost because of higher electricity prices….

Among the federation’s concerns are:

•    the price paid for wind power;
•    the inefficiency of wind power – it can’t be stored for use during peak demand periods;
•    setbacks and induced currents;
•    health and nuisance matters; and
•    removal of municipal input from wind turbine projects.

Read the rest

Suzuki sleaze

How low can he go?

He should care less about Santa ( and filling his foundation’s already well endowed stocking) and more about the seniors who may soon be freezing in the dark.

Wolfville’s oilsands

An interesting perspective in a letter to the CH recently:

Think of the tarsands [oilsands] as one gigantic oil spill that needs to be cleaned up. Instead of taxpayers paying billions, we have companies willing not only to do the job, but to pay for the privilege. … read the rest

Wolfville has its own oilsands clean-up opposite Willow Park. [Hold your breath as you drive by] But they aren’t extracting the oil. They are dumping the contaminated earth. Somewhere.

Where? Surely NOT along Maple Ave. near the compost site as rumour has it.

Wind folly

What do you think? Should they change the rules?

Proposed wind turbine rules for the Halifax Regional Municipality will make it difficult to have green energy projects in business parks, a wind developer says.

Think about it because they are coming to a town near you!

Sprott Power Corp. should be in the clear to build a wind farm in the Hampton Mountain area of the Annapolis Valley by July, a municipal official said Wednesday. [more]

Will Nova Scotia follow Europe onto this insanity?