The costs of wind – financial and otherwise – are simply too much
Bye Bye Birdie…Hello Wind Turbine?
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NORTH BAY – Recent government approvals which are allowing the dismantling of the homes and habitat of birds in favour of wind turbine construction is proof positive there needs to be an immediate moratorium on wind development, PC Energy Critic and Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli said today.
On Saturday, with the blessing of the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR), a bald eagle’s nest and the tree it was housed in was removed to make way for an industrial wind turbine development near Fisherville (http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca Janua,ry 7, 2013).
“How can anyone with an environmental conscience allow this to happen?” Fedeli asked.
“I guess when given the choice between wildlife and wind turbines, you pick the one that pays you and your friends the big fat government subsidy,” said Fedeli sarcastically.
Last month, the MNR also issued a permit to allow for destruction of birds and habitat to allow construction of a wind turbine development at Ostrander Point in eastern Ontario.
“The most obscene thing about this whole thing is that the only thing green about wind energy in Ontario is the vast amounts of money the Liberal government is paying out to developers to help drive up your hydro rates,” Fedeli said.
Fedeli noted that the Independent Electricity System Operator’s (IESO) annual consumption report due out soon will confirm that wind is actually replacing hydro power, not coal, in Ontario’s energy mix.
“Wind energy is displacing water power, which is the cleanest, greenest, most reliable, most affordable power we produce, costing Ontarians $300 million in 2011.” Fedeli said.
“The costs of wind – financial and otherwise – are simply too much. That’s why the Ontario PCs support an immediate moratorium on further wind power development and will cancel the Feed-In-Tariff (FIT) subsidy program. We need renewables at a price we can afford.