fighting siting: environmentalists struggle to limit harm from industrial wind turbines

An article from Vermont questioning the unexamined growth of industrial wind comes as nature lovers organize for a rally in Prince Edward County.


…at some point the rush into large scale (and subsidized) renewable energy becomes too costly, and too destructive of human and environmental values, to merit continued support. We have reached that point with Big Wind, and it’s time to slow this rush to “renewable energy of all kinds at whatever cost.”

I ask our legislators to support a moratorium on new wind projects until they can answer how well our existing projects have lived up to their developers’ promises, how have they impacted the environment, and how they have affected their neighbors and communities.

Ontario’s legislature is likely immune to intelligent exchanges. The majority Liberal government responded to courts supporting defence of the environment at Ostrander Point by pushing through approvals for massive industrial wind turbines at two other environmentally sensitive locations.

Resistance continues, from many parties.

  • “Nature Canada has been joined by Ontario Nature, the Kingston Field Naturalists and the American Bird Conservancy in opposition to a recently approved industrial wind energy project that threatens birds and other wildlife on Amherst Island.” (more)
  • To the east along the shore, local environmentalists continue to fight the White Pines and Ostrander Point industrial wind projects, announcing plans for a “Big, BIG rally to protect the South Shore on Sunday, September 27, 2015 from 11 am to 4 pm at the Milford Fairgrounds.”
Big, BIG rally to protect the South Shore on Sunday, September 27, 2015 from 11 am to 4 pm at the Milford Fairgrounds.

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