In the heat of the moment, it’s best to look before you leap
For nearly two decades, a group of County residents have been supporting wind energy initiatives. The County Sustainability Group’s film Up in the Air is a short film about the wind turbine project in Prince Edward County. It features several County residents who describe the benefits of the project to address climate change.
Now Steve St.Clair has produced a film, White Pines in Prince Edward County, that lets the much maligned ‘industrial wind machines’ speak for themselves.
Please take a moment to watch the film (2:47) and then see if you can answer some of the questions below.
- Are these elegant turbines symbols of hope or are they best characterized by anti-wind opponents as ugly industial wind machines?
- Where are all the houses that are supposed to be negatively impacted?
- Where are the flocks of birds that are supposed to be chopped up by these spinning monsters?
- How many anti-wind supporters actually visited this remote site?
The fossil fuel industry has its fingerprints all over this ‘spontaneous’ outspringing of anti-wind opposition that foisted on naive citizens’ groups a boatload of misinformation about wind development, none of it backed by credible science or years of lived experience in Europe.
For example, read carefully this mission statement by Wind Concerns Ontario:
Wind Concerns Ontario is a province-wide advocacy organization whose mission is to provide information on the potential impact of industrial-scale wind power generation on the economy, human health, and the natural environment.
Ask yourself, how on earth could clean renewable energy — energy cheaper than oil, gas, coal, or nuclear — negatively impact the economy, or human health?
How could the the world’s fastest growing renewable energy solution be somehow bad for Prince Edward County?
Then, ask yourself, who benefited from this deliberate campaign of misinformation that resulted in shutting down this industry in Ontario?
Big Oil and Gas in Western Canada.
Big Oil’s investments in the tar sands ecocide truly threaten, to quote Wind Concerns Ontario, “our economy, human health, and the natural environment.” Big Oil and Gas are determined to persue and expand the tar sands ecocide which will make it impossible for Canada to be a climate leader.
Nimbys should look before they leap. We need to leave carbon in the ground and get our energy from the air and sun.