Vote ONPC to stop wind turbines that are not “green”

The belief that wind turbines are “green” and reduce CO2 emissions is an Ontario Liberal myth! In fact, some would say that claim is an outright lie.

For proof, take a good look at the above image. Given that three six-foot tall men are standing on the rebar it becomes obvious just how huge that turbine foundation actually is. In fact, the base is reported to require some 45,000 kg of reinforcing rebar and 480,000 litres of concrete to fill and cover it — 20% of the volume of an Olympic sized swimming pool. And that is before you even add the turbine itself!

Think about that and multiply that hole by hundreds of such spaces and what they would do to a rural and farm environment. Of course, the Ontario Liberals don’t worry about such things because turbines are primarily placed in Ontario Progressive Conservative (ONPC) ridings.

During the 2011 provincial election, for instance, the Ontario Liberals, then under Dalton McGuinty, moved two partially built gas plants, one in Oakville and one in Mississauga, out into ONPC territory, because Liberal voters didn’t want them. That gas plant move ended up costing nearly a billion taxpayers dollars.

Similarly, also in 2011, the McGuinty Liberals cancelled a 60 turbine project that was to be off shore near the Scarborough bluffs, which is at the Eastern end of Greater Toronto. But, live in a PC riding, and the Ontario Liberals really don’t care what you think.

The worse part, as we now find out, is that wind turbines are not “green” as they do absolutely nothing for the environment, nor do they reduce emissions. Worse yet, add in the Ontario Liberal Cap and Trade tax and they make hydro unaffordable.

For example, the Toronto Sun identifies one manufacturer who got a recent monthly statement showing they were charged $13,060 for the hydro they used. Plus, on that same bill, they were charged a “Global Adjustment Fee” in the amount of $107,698.00. Can you imagine that? As the Sun states: “A ‘global adjustment fee’ is the term the Ontario government and energy companies use to describe the amount they tack on to businesses’ bills to cover the extremely generous and above-market rates the government has agreed to pay green energy companies in the province.

Meaning, all but the $13,060 is Liberal spin to cover Liberal “green” energy overspending. In other words, the $107,698.00 is a business tax that is going to kill jobs and destroy the Ontario economy.

Well, there is a solution and that solution is to elect a majority PC government in Ontario on June 7th, 2018.

The crux of the matter is, I believe, that under a Premier Patrick Brown, the Ontario economy will be turned around. As it says on the PC website, a PC government would reinvigorate the Ontario economy by cancelling the job killing Cap and Trade costs under the so-called “global adjustment fund”, as well as non-green wind turbine subsidies.

7 thoughts on “Vote ONPC to stop wind turbines that are not “green”

  1. Yes the figures are correct, the amount of concrete in 1 base is 800 tonnes; the height of the biggest towers is over 500′ the height of a 35 story building, Still the media refers to these behemoths as “wind mills” and the industrial power plants which enclose them as “wind farms”.
    Green zealots have skillfully employed Orwellian language tactics in their mission to do over Ont’s energy plan.
    There can be no net reduction in C02 emissions if one figures in the construction, transportation amounts, plus the building of access roads to individual towers. Each turbine in Ont removes up to 2 acres of prime crop land, land that is irreplaceable. And all turbines are built on flat, well drained, crop land; all because wind companies like low construction costs.
    For all this environmental damage no significant amount of needed power is produced. Liberals have been warned by everyone from the AG, the Ont Power Authority, the Ont Society of Engineers and others, that wind power is an economic and environmental dead end.
    Sill they insist on building these monstrosities and placing them up against rural communities; this would never be contemplated in Toronto or Ottawa.
    I believe Liberals may have slowed down their agenda for further development, the economic realities are starting to be commented on, even by friendly media. But they should never be trusted not to ramp up construction given another mandate.
    The PCs still have a policy of no further construction, same as last election. I would prefer them to go further and amend the lucrative FIT contracts, and end the cozy arrangements wind companies enjoy with the Liberals. This would cost taxpayers, but it might be cheaper to confront the problem now, than pay these exorbitant costs for unneeded energy well into the future. Not generally considered is the huge opportunity cost of not investing in nuclear, hydro and gas generation infrastructure. This cost will plague future generations dearly.


  2. Fully agree and I hope the Ontario PC’s do win. Since I will be moving back to BC soon, I won’t be able to vote for them (I am missing the upcoming BC election as well too), but hope Brown can pull it off which I think against Wynne will be easy. My only worry is with Wynne’s numbers being so bad, she might resign and I fear too many will be willing to forgive the OLP if they choose a new leader.

    As for green energy, how about build more nuclear and buy surplus hydro from Quebec. Both emit no greenhouse gases and both are far more dependable. While I know you are no fan of a carbon tax, at least I think a revenue neutral one is less harmful than a cap and trade which involves a lot of bureaucracy and hopefully if Brown does implement a carbon tax, he cuts income and corporate taxes to make Ontario a more attractive jurisdiction to do business as well as live. Also lower electricity rates will help stimulate the economy as many families are having a high percentage of their income go towards utility bills so lower utility bills means more money to spend elsewhere in the economy.


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  4. Sorry for the double post, but off topic a bit, but still on sort of, what are your thoughts on the upcoming BC election. Since Christy Clark has a much higher approval rating than Wynne, but still negative, I think an NDP win in BC would probably increase the pressure on Wynne to step down since if Clark cannot win with a better approval rating her odds are worse. I hope Wynne stays on as I am very confident against her, we will win 2018, whereas I fear if they choose someone else people might be willing to let the OLP off the hook (I hope they don’t, but they did in 2014 thus my reason for worrying about this as I am convinced had McGuinty stayed on, either Hudak or Howarth would be premier right now). I still think the Ontario PC’s will win either way, but Wynne resigning just makes it a tougher battle. After all the OLP has done, they don’t just deserve to lose, they deserve to get beat really badly and deserve to be in opposition for a minimum of 8 years, 4 years won’t be enough to clean up their mess they left us.


  5. I really don’t follow BC politics Miles. Agree would be easier in Ont if Wynne stays. BC would be desperate to elect NDP. Anyone who lives in BC welcome to comment.


  6. Actually I am pretty familiar with BC politics as I was born there and lived there for the first 25 years of my life, lived in Ontario for ten and now moving back. Both my parents as well as some of my other relatives live there and my family unlike most is actually equally split between those on the right and left.

    Essentially in BC it’s always been between the pro-free enterprise coalition vs. the socialists so it’s totally different than any other province. The pro-free enterprise coalition usually gets around the mid 40s to upper 40s except when split or the 2001 blowout while NDP is consistently around 40% asides from 2001 give or take a few percentage points. It used to be the Social Credit who were the pro-free enterprise coalition, but now it is the BC Liberals. The BC Conservatives I believe are only running 4 or 5 candidates so irrelevant and thanks to infighting have gone nowhere. Essentially dislike of the NDP is the only reason you are able to have federal Liberals and federal Conservatives under the same banner.

    As for this election, the NDP has a 2-4 point lead in the polls, but one should remember the polls badly missed last election so take them with a grain of salt. On the one hand the BC Liberals have been in power for 16 years so the time for a change theme is very strong as well as cost of living especially in the Lower Mainland has become quite unaffordable. Also Christy Clark has had some minor scandals although nothing too serious. On the other hand the NDP was a disaster in the 90s and hasn’t changed all that much thus why they are trailing amongst the over 55 who generally vote but well ahead amongst the under 35 who don’t remember the 90s. Also BC’s economy is doing really well which generally favours incumbents although not always. The Greens are the other wildcard as they are up around 20% in the polls and while definitely on the left, it seems they are winning more those who dislike the other two options as opposed to genuine Green supporters. Also their support is largely concentrated on the south part of Vancouver Island so not much of factor elsewhere at least for now.

    Looking at the breakdown, you have three regions. In the Lower Mainland, about 40% of ridings are solid BC Liberal ones that short of a meltdown they should hold. 30% are solid NDP which they should hold short of a major Green surge. 30% are swing ridings which will decide the election and the NDP needs to win pretty much all of them to win whereas the BC Liberals would win even if they draw even here. The Interior is largely BC Liberal and will likely stay that way as although it is heavily unionized, it has a strong resource sector so they favour the party that is for development, not the anti-development one. The NDP will win a few seats here, but the trend seems to be moving away from them while they BC Liberals have few they can pick-up. Vancouver Island is traditionally an NDP stronghold, but the Greens are quite strong and could cost the NDP several seats thus denying them a majority even if they make the necessary gains in the Lower Mainland and also maybe even allow the BC Liberals to slip up the middle in a few ridings they normally wouldn’t win.

    If I were eligible to vote there I would definitely vote BC Liberal since despite Clark’s arrogance and her federal Liberal past, BC has a balanced budget, strongest economic growth in Canada, lowest taxes, and lowest unemployment so why rock the boat. The only praise I have as the NDP as they are more fiscally responsible than Justin Trudeau, but that isn’t saying very much as that is pretty easy to do. No matter who wins though, I will be better off in BC as the top marginal rate (federal + provincial combined) is 53.53% in Ontario, while 47.7% in BC if Clark wins and 49.8% if Horgan wins. Still too high although I blame Trudeau more for his tax hikes as the province can only cut so much. Add to the fact there is a $6.5 billion dollar hole in the NDP platform and its promising big spending while still maintaining a balanced budget which I have a tough time believing. Anyways that is sort of a summary of BC Politics. Unlike Ontario politics which closely match federal politics, BC is it’s own world and has always been quite unique in its political culture.


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